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.
La Mulata was recommended to us by a local friend of ours. It’s located on an unassuming street within the walled city. La Mulata’s decor is quirky and fun. The menu is etched on a thin wood board, which I found very clever. My wife and I ordered the ceviche, shrimp in garlic sauce and the Cartagena style braised beef. To drink I had a beer and my wife had the coconut limeade. The ceviche was amazing! It was made with large chunks of local sea bass tossed with citrus, chilies and red onion. The ceviche is only lightly cured in the marinade so it is essentially raw.
I arrived in Cartagena Saturday afternoon and met up with some colleagues for an alfresco dinner at Cafe San Pedro. The restaurant sits in front of the San Pedro Claver church. I ordered Sea Bass with shellfish in a coconut broth. The dish came with a side of coconut rice which is a staple here in Cartagena. The food was delicious and the setting amazing.