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“Delicious local food”
Review of Rincon Tipico

Rincon Tipico
Ranked #28 of 377 Restaurants in Antigua
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Barbecue
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Reviewed July 30, 2012

As other reviewers have stated, this place is not to be missed during a stay in Antigua. I agree with everything they wrote! The reason I'm adding my review is to give better directions as the info left by another reviewer is incorrect. Rincon Tipico is located on Tercera Avenida Sur (3a Avenida Sur). Tercera Avenida is located one block east of the Parque Central and Sur means that it's on Tercera Avenida south of the Parque Central (one block south). The food is simple, homemade and very flavorful. All dishes that are typical to the area. The day I went the options were chicken on the grill (pollo asado), a delicious stew made of shredded beef, chicken, and hen and chicken soup (caldo de pollo). The dishes were accompanied by potato salad, rice, salad, freshly made corn tortillas, and a glass of pineapple water. My husband and I tried all three option of the day which was actually way more food than necessary but we really just wanted to taste everything. Our bill came to Q60, approx. $8. An unbelievably good deal! However, heed the warning of the other reviewers: the place is a magnet for all the locals and expats so either go before or after the lunch rush hour. We went at 1.30 and there were still plenty of people. Also, they only do breakfast and lunch service but no dinner.

4  Thank Vic M
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Reviewed June 24, 2012

It took me ages to realise that this place was a restaurant- I thought it was just a few ladies with a bbq selling tortillaa from a garage but I was very pleasantly surprised when I decided to go in. For 20Q (Yes, 20Q!!!) you get a hearty plate of typical food that is usually some sort of bbqed meat, rice, potato salad (very nice potato salad at that!), veggies and some of the biggest and best tortillas in Antigua, not to mention free pineapple juice. All is served on typical clay earthenwear plates and there is usually something different every day, albeit you are stuck with the 2-3 set plates that they happen to be serving that particular day (all are great, so don't let that put you off). They also do breakfasts for 15Q although, admittedly, I haven't tried them yet.

One of my favourite places in Antigua for a cheap, tasty lunch. Be warned, it gets very busy around lunchtime!

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3  Thank PotterNo1
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Reviewed April 24, 2012

The smoke from the BBQ out front caught my eye and then the sunny courtyard packed with locals beyond drew me in. Food is simple, honest, local fare, well prepared and at a price that can't be beat. For about $2.50 I got chicken, pork, broccoli salad, rice and beans and tortillas along with unlimited water flavoured with pineapple.

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4  Thank Ian H
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Reviewed December 6, 2011

Yolkobsens tried three times to get into the extremely popular lunch spot, Rincon Tipico, in Antigua Guatemala. Never could get a seat. But the third time was the charm. Our tenacity paid off and we finally got to find out why this eatery is so popular and crowded between noon and 3:30 p.m. during the weekday “almuerzo” frenzy.

Our secret? We went at gringo lunch time, shortly after noon. All of the other civilized folk, that is, the true Antiguans, wouldn’t put their fine selves in a dining chair until after 1 p.m., which worked to our advantage.

Located on the west side of the 4a Calle (#3), a few blocks west of the Parque Central, you can’t miss the place because as you approach, frankly, it looks like it’s on fire. Smoke pours out of the grand old colonial entrance as three women make tortillas, the size of dessert plates, on a giant griddle. Like well-oiled machines they pat-pat-pat and then put the tortillas down on the hot griddle hood, sending smoke signals that almost compete with nearby Volcano Fuego’s gentle puffs.

Once you penetrate the curtain of smoke, you find a large table heavy with the day’s offerings. The first thing that caught my eye was a pond-size bowl of golden yellow potato salad and then it was drawn to the massive vats of chicken and beef stews. A group of women in aprons scarred by long service stand duty over the last details as the first set of customers arrived.
Once we passed the groaning board at the front, formerly the entrance way of a fine old Spanish colonial home, we realized the smoke is also part of the restaurant’s interior charm. Rincon Tipico is an outdoor restaurant with a few tables under protection from the balconies above and with most of the tables set out in the garden. The smoke follows you everywhere you go as does a gentle sprinkling of ash generated by the tortilla action at the front. It’s not really a problem and you quickly adjust.

Service is prompt and efficient. The ladies who serve are no-nonsense types with no time for chit-chat. Basically, it’s chicken or beef stew with potato salad and rice. A complementary fruit punch, enlivened with slices of fresh pineapple, is also provided. My hearty bowl included a chicken drumstick and thigh cooked to perfection in a flavorful sauce and accompanied by seasoned rice and one of the best potato salads I’ve had yet in Guatemala. Kudos to Rincon Tipico for relying on cilantro and other ingredients (herbs?) for flavor and going easy on the mayonnaise. And you get a full basket of the tortillas, the restaurant’s smokey siren call. They come steaming to the table and have just the right balance of corn and smokey tastes. Rice was a bit salty, but that’s a quibble.

After we’d finished our lunch we used the table to map out our route for the afternoon and Mrs. Y took her time translating from Spanish into English a list of phrases I thought I might need. Though starting to crowd up, restaurant staff never gave us the bum’s rush or even a mild stink eye. We were impressed with their hospitality.

Another impressive thing was the price. For the price of a double latte in Toronto, we got two good, full, home-style meals that carried us well into the dinner hour — Antigua dinner hour, that is. We highly recommend Rincon Tipico.

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5  Thank Antigua G
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