Went on a road trip to Savannah, Georgia to check out the architecture and eat some shrimp & grits. Checked out Public in the historic district for an al fresco lunch. Afterwards walked around the historic district to check out the historic architecture. The only downside was the temperature was 95 degrees.
For our final big meal in Cartagena we decided to go back to Espíritu Santo. My wife ordered the churrasco steak and I ordered the fish in coconut broth. Both entrees came with coconut rice, plantains and choice of salad. I chose the platano en tentación (sweet glazed plantain) and the cabbage slaw. The fish was spectacular. I believe it was a snapper which was fried whole and topped with tomatoes, peppers, onions and a savory coconut sauce. Espíritu Santo is my choice for traditional food in Cartagena. I wish I had eaten here everyday.
We joined a friend of ours for lunch at Don Jediondo inside a mall in Cartagena. When you hear mall food, fast food comes to mind, but not in Cartagena. Lunch in Cartagena is serious business, so even at the mall you can get a home style meal. We ordered bandeja paisa (typical dish from Antioquia region consisting of rice, red beans, meat, chorizo, chicharon, arepa, fried plantain and a fried egg) and lengua guisada (braised beef tongue. To drink I had a Colombians soda. Not bad for mall food.
Came back to La Mulata to try some more dishes. Also got a coco loco to drink, which is a coconut limeade with rum. Ordered the sea bass with shellfish salpicón and the vegetable rice. The sea bass was beautifully cooked and topped with chilled/ marinated shellfish. The vegetable rice tasted like fried rice with eggplant & zucchini. I would skip the veggie rice next time.
Stopped by this cute cafe/bar to have an arepa de huevo. Arepa de huevo is the most common street food here in Cartagena and consists of a fried corn cake filled with ground meat and an egg. It’s served with Aji sauce and sour cream.
Walking through San Pedro Plaza I noticed a guy selling arepas de queso (corn cakes with cheese). The smell was intoxicating, so I decided to buy one. The guy selling the arepas was from Medellin and this type of arepa is typical of that region. Total was 2000 pesos ($0.60). It was delicious. The cheese here in Cartegena is very rich with nice tartness.
Located one block down from the University of Cartagena, Espíritu Santo serves up home style local food at rock bottom prices. My wife ordered the carne asada and I ordered the pork chop special. Both came with coconut rice, patacones and side salad. The portions are huge and the food is deliciously simple. The restaurant serves lunch only.