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El Carnal Mexican Food in Bogota | Colombia Backpacking


El Carnal

El Carnal
(16 locations throughout Bogota: among others Call 82 y Portal de la 80)

Bogota's El Carnal Mexican restaurant chain will blow your mind. This is the best value for your peso in Colombia. If you like Mexican food, you will come back here time and time again and find out just how ridiculously good this food is. In a country where it's often very difficult and very expensive to get cuisine from other countries of the world, this chain stands out above the rest.


If you are in doubt about what to get, try the pancita or the sour con carne. The sour con carne is a delicious mix of tasty melted cheese, strips of sirloin steak, pico de gallo, lettuce, and refried beans, with a dollop of sour cream. It is addictingly good. The pancita, on the other hand, is a delectable blend of bacon, roasted vegetables, pico de gallo, and refried beans. All the burritos are priced right around $12.000, making it an excellent value.

El Carnal also makes its own bottled lemonade, which is refreshing, excellent, and the perfect beverage to wash down spicy Mexican food. In addition to having superb food, El Carnal offers a delicious array of sauces ranging from mild to extra-spicy. You'll want to try all of them, from the relatively mild chile de arbol, to the super-spicy chile chipotle, and the habanero-infused hot sauce.

If you're a tourist or backpacker in Bogota, you'll be most likely to run into El Carnal in its location in the Zona Rosa/Zona T on Calle 82, just a block from the Hard Rock Cafe. El Carnal is open late, so it's the perfect place to swing by before or after you head out for a night on the town in Bogota's main entertainment district. They even give you, a la Panera, a buzzer so that you know when your food is ready to go.

All in all, you won't find a better value for your hard-earned Colombian peso than this stellar Mexican joint, and rumor has it that they will soon be expanding to Medellin as well!

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