Could have sworn I was in Vera Cruz when I first laid into the Gringa al Pastor. The pork and cheese is spiced richly--pretty sure achiote is the lead spice--over an upright, open fire rotisserie, shaved finely and in abundant proportion to the fresh, hand-made tortillas. Not authentic Nicaraguan--but this meal was top five in all my time in country when counting non-traditional nica food. Also, it's the only place in town to find food after 10--otherwise you have to trek down the Pan American, a s--t show one must be in the proper mood for. Staff and management always made me feel welcome. This is a great spot in the heart of it all for some magnificent, true blood mexican presentation. Perfect after a few beers, it's the type of joint you'd find anthony bourdain rolling up to with a belly full. Bring a big crew and stay awhile or grab something quickly to go. Shoot the breeze with Emilio--he's fluent in English if that's what you need and he has a strong positive energy. Four bucks gets you a fat quesadia-like plate and a cold beer. An absolute must when in Esteli.
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