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Honduras Food and Drink

y Kirsten Hubbard

Here is all you need to know about Honduras food and drink, from breakfasts to beverages:

If you're traveling to the small, Central American country of Honduras for the first time, you're probably curious about what is Honduran food like. Luckily, Honduras food isn't that different from food in the United States – with a few notable exceptions. Be sure to follow the links for Honduras recipes and other information about Honduran food and drink.

What is Breakfast like in Honduras?

A typical Honduran breakfast usually consists of scrambled eggs, boiled or refried black beans and lots of tortillas. Locals like to have it with some local coffee. "American-style" breakfasts are commonly available in most Honduran restaurants. These often include a toast with jam and coffee or orange juice.

More about the traditional Honduran Meals:

A typical meal in Honduras usually includes rice, beans, tortillas, some kind of grilled meat such as chicken, pork or beef, and a salad. You will find some variations on the Caribbean coast or in the Bay Islands. In this region seafood and coconut products dominate the local cuisine. No travel taste test of Honduras food is complete without fresh fish, shrimp, lobster or the endlessly versatile conch (caracol in Spanish).

In the larger Honduras cities like Tegucigalpa, San Pedro Sula, and La Ceiba, big American restaurant chains are cropping up with increasing frequency. So you will feel at home! Don't be surprised to find T.G.I. Friday's, Pizza Hut, Kentucky Fried Chicken, and even Cinnabon.

However, if you took the chance to visit a new country I would recommend trying what makes them unique.

You can get burgers and pizza at home.

Other Honduras meals:

This is a list of some of the most representative dishes of Honduras.

1. Burritas: shredded meat, refried beans, cheese and avocado rolled up in flour tortillas. These are different from Mexican burritos.

2. Tamales: in Honduras cuisine, tamales may include vegetables or potatoes as well as chicken or pork. Beware before you bite, as bones are sometimes left in the meat! Even if you have tried them in other Central American countries I recommend trying them here too. The recipe is never the same in each country.

3. Pastelitos de Carne: deep-fried flour pastries filled with meat, rice and/or potatoes. Sometimes they are served with homemade tomato sauce.

Snacks & Sides in Honduras:

1. Anafres: (pictured) a traditional Honduras appetizer comprised of hot black beans and cheese, served with chips.

2. Tostones: these crunchy deep-fried plantains, an indispensable side dish in Honduran cuisine. Also known as platanos fritos. They are most common for breakfast and dinner.

3. Ceviche: chopped raw fish, shrimp, or conch mixed with onions, tomatoes and cilantro, and marinated in lime juice. Served with fresh tortilla chips. Popular in every coastal region but you might be able to find some in the cities.

Popular Honduran Desserts:

1. Tres Leches Cake (Pasel de Tres Leches): My favorite! A cake soaked in three kinds of milk, including evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk and cream. Most of the time the come with powdered cinnamon on top.

2. Arroz con Leche: Rice soaked in warm milk with sugar, cinnamon and other spices. Also known as Honduran rice pudding. The thicker it is, the tastier.

The Beverages in Honduras:

Popular Honduras beer brands are Salva Vida, Port Royal, Barena and Imperial. Guaro, a sugar cane liquor, is popular in Honduras. If you're daring, you might seek out some Giffity, a fiery Garifuna liquor.

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