Guest post by Bo Keeley
People arrive at Iquitos to visit the jungle but should come for the food. The Top Three restaurants of the ‘furthermost port in the world’ offer astounding meals at reasonable prices… but which is the best, has been the question on tourists lips in the past fifteen years I’ve visited. This is a quick guide based on an unbiased mathematical system of pluses and minuses to the best eating in the Amazon.
ARI’s BURGER was my haunt for the first five years because of its star position on Plaza de Armas where tourists eventually find themselves. The Pluses are the same now as then: Excellent food at reasonable prices, friendly staff, fleshly local color, and an open air atmosphere adjacent to the boulevard. Bluntly, the Negatives remain: The waitresses inattentively drag their feet, and black garbage bags pile in the kitchen next to food preparation waiting for the biweekly refuse truck to roll by. Rating – 4 Stars of 5
YELLOW ROSE OF TEXAS is where I rode by the brand of excellence for the next decade for these reasons. Pluses are the owner Gerald Mayeaux is the greatest and giving font of local information for diners. When he’s ramrod the eatery runs as smoothly as the Pentagon, but when he’s off the place is in disorder. The food is exquisite, with the largest menu in town, and the prices are equitable. Open 24 hours, street vendors don’t bother the customers, and with the grandest Sports Bar in town. Minuses are the tables are nearly on top of each other (serving 400+ clients daily), the kitchen smallish, and orders and bills are constantly mixed as if thrown into a lottery. The staff is friendly, but the air itself on the busiest exhaust corner of Plaza de Armas numbs the palate. Rating – 4 Stars of 5
DAWN ON THE AMAZON is my present preference and for the past year for three reasons: the food, view and air. Located on the boulevard with a spacious view over the river, Bill Grimes, former owner of the boat Dawn on the Amazon has brought its culinary delight ashore. Pluses are gourmet meals, an extensive vegetarian list, health smoothies, cordial English speaking waitresses, and the best view and air of any eatery in the world. The Negative is one common flaw of every town business which is the local Murphy’s Law that if something can go wrong it does. In my last 20 meals 7 have been correct without inconsistencies on the plate or bill discrepancies (half the time in the customer’s favor). Rating – 5 Stars of 5
That’s foodstuff in Iquitos, your jumping off place to the rainforest with the best dining at the top three large restaurants, and since each is a one minute walk from the next, why not try all three and make your own choice… for the next decade, because the charm is sure to bite you.
Iquitos Top Three Restaurants
Guest post by Bo Keeley, whose Wikipedia page reads like an Indiana Jones epic adventure.
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Hi, Bill Grimes here. As always, the views expressed by guest authors are not necessarily the views of Bill Grimes, Dawn on the Amazon Tours and Cruises, or the Captain’s Blog, but if Bo thinks Dawn on the Amazon Cafe is 5 Stars, “with the best view and air of any eatery in the world”, who am I to disagree.