Coban, rather dismal, but great food.

Coban Travel Blog

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After a full day of travel we were surprised and dissapointed by small city of Coban. The Moon guidebook hypes that it was established by the Germans (which were all deported in WWII), making you expect some sort of transplanted Euro mountain village, a la Leavenworth, Washington. So such luck - we saw very little architecture suggesting Germany. Our rather dismal room at the Posada Don Matalbatz seemed ridiculously overpriced at $30. But our spirits were buoyed by a truly unforgettable dinner at what I think is called 'El Bistro' at the Casa D'Acuna. As we looked in, the green courtyard's white tablecloths and elegantly appointed waiters made us feel that we felt too underdessed to go in, but we were at once  spotted by the enthusiastic maitre d', at which point it was difficult not to enter.

What followed was an incredible meal. The service was perfect, and the food beautifully prepared and presented. Tom had a wilted salad with carmelized macadamia nuts, I had an enchilada. While we waited for our food, we walked around the restuarant, which had many live flowering orchids on display around the dining room and in the courtyard.

It was a hearty breakfast at the cute Cafe el Tiral, then we were on our way to Lanquin.
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