El Fogon Restaurant in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, is very well known for serving up rich local food that is packed with flavors typical of homemade Belize food. The best part is the authentic smoky flavor of the fire hearth that is infused in most of the dishes they prepare.
Cooking on an outside fire hearth (fogon) is what makes the restaurant stand out among the rest on the island. It’s one of the best places to enjoy local food unique to Belize and also the island of Ambergris Caye. Lunch consists of a diverse selection of dishes that represent the diversity of the Belizean culture. Just recently the restaurant underwent some renovation that included the expansion of the restaurant’s dining area, a new bar and a café.
Now El Fogon offers breakfast specials that complement the addition of its café that offers really great coffee, flavored tea (iced or hot), cappuccinos, frappuccinos, and fruit shakes to your heart’s delight. It is a great addition to the restaurant for coffee lovers and those looking for some great fresh smoothies to start off their day. How does hash fish with refried beans and fry jacks sound to you in the morning? Yes! You can get that plus other delectable breakfast specials along with your morning java.
And that is not all coming from El Fogon. Prior to the renovations, the restaurant only catered to privately reserved dinner events; but now it is open for dinner. The menu specializes in grilled seafood with Creole flavors infused into the dishes. How about lobster (seasonal), shrimp, fish and conch (seasonal) dishes bursting with a smoky and coconut flavor? It is so delicious; we can vouch for that!
The healthy coconut oil is a key ingredient in most of the dishes in a menu that is fairly simple yet wholesome. The must-have ceviche and conch fritters are on the appetizer list – Belizean to the bone. Very different from other appetizers at most restaurants are the fish balls that are served with a sweet honey mustard dipping sauce. The Fogon’s lunch salbutes are such a great hit that they were added as appetizers on the dinner menu. They are fantastic; it is no doubt that they are great as appetizers in the evenings.
Seafood (fish, shrimp, conch, lobster, crab), being the highlight of the dinner menu, is prepared either grilled, kebab style in a mango sauce, prepared Creole style, or in a marinara sauce. You can substitute with chicken if you are not a seafood lover (hard to believe), plus there is the special Orange & Garlic and the Lime & Garlic Shrimp dishes that are to die for. There is also the choice to order a combination of any seafood in any of the prepared styles.
Since we sat at the table like one big family, Ambergris Today staff took the option of being served in a family-style arrangement. The different dinner items were all laid on the table for the picking. Separate side bowls of pasta, coconut rice, rice and beans and steamed vegetables complemented the main dishes at the dinner table.
So make a date to visit El Fogon and take someone to enjoy the food along with you. Or take the entire family and have a feast like we did; the dining experience is so authentic and very Belizean. You feel right at home and served like royalty. (Click here to read about Lunch at El Fogon Restaurant)