I’m going to be honest with you.
I found the food in Guatemala pretty…underwhelming.
Although I had the odd flavoursome treat (the snacks cooked by a Dona from my Spanish school in Xela come to mind), Guatemalan food is not like the food of neighbouring Mexico. It’s not spicy and is often doughy.
With one exception.
Guatemaltecos love their fried chicken. And during my time in the country, my fascination with the Guatemalan fast food restaraunt Pollo Campero bordered on obsession.
Similar to KFC (but tastier!), Pollo Campero started in Guatemala in the 1970s and today you can find restaurants all over the world – throughout Central America, the USA, Spain and even, oddly, India.
Apparently though, the most authentic Pollo Campero to be had is that in the what must be hundreds of restaraunts all over Guatemala. They even deliver.
So the story goes, flights from Guatemala to the USA have had to ban passengers from bringing Pollo Campero on board because of the smell of fried chicken permeating the cabin.
If you’re in Guatemala, eating at a Pollo Campero is a must.
Today you’ll usually find Pollo Campero next to a McDonalds, and they’re as ubiquitous in Guatemala as the golden arches are in the rest of the world.