Honduras Food and Drink

While Honduras isn’t famed for its cuisine, there are some very tasty local dishes that are worth trying, and a noticeable difference in regional varieties. There is a decent variety of restaurants and bars in Tegucigalpa, San Pedro Sula and the main cities, and fast food plays an increasingly big role.

Beans, rice and tortillas are a staple of many dishes and can be found in any restaurant, while plantains can be found cooked in a surprising numbers of ways. Pork is widely consumed, as are chicken and beef, and fish and seafood are staples in coastal areas and the Bay Islands. The main meal of the day for most Hondurans is at lunch and is often a ‘plato tipico’ of beef, refried beans, tortillas, sour cream, pickled cabbage, rice and fried plantain. While most Honduran food isn’t spicy, locals put spicy sauce on most meals.

Specialities

• Plato tipico (roasted beef served with plantain chips, pickled cabbage, beans, sour cream and tortillas). Translates as ‘typical dish’ and is found in any eatery in the country.
• Baleadas (flour tortilla filled with refried beans, a hard, crumbly cheese, sour cream and often pickled onions. Avocados, scrambled eggs or meat can be added). These are a common staple of the country.
• Enchiladas (a flat corn tortilla, fried and topped with ground beef or pork, cheese and a non-spicy tomato sauce).
• Pastelito (a folded, deep-fried flour or corn tortilla filled with beef or chicken, rice and/or potatoes and spices).
• Tamales (fresh corn cakes sometimes served with cheese, chillies or raisins).
• Sopa de caracol (conch soup) – a soup made with coconut milk, conch (or crab or fish), cassava, green plantains and coriander.
• Fried yojoa fish (spiced, fried whole fish from Yojoa Lake served with plantain chips and pickled cabbage).
Anafres (hot black beans and cheese are served with corn chips). Commonly eaten as a starter or light meal.

Tipping

Service is included in most restaurant bills. In hotels, cafes and restaurants, 10% of the bill is customary where service is not included.

Regional drinks

Licuados (fruit juices and milkshakes made from fruits such as mangoes, piñas, watermelons and bananas).
• Local beers (including Salva Vida, Port Royal, Imperial and Barena).

Drinking age

18.

Edited by Jane Duru
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