If all this fish has got you hankering after a steak for a change, stop in at Argentinian Grill (tel. 504/445-4264, 3–10 p.m. Thurs.–Tues.), at the Posada Arco Iris, and try the beef tenderloin or the filet mignon for around US$16, or a chorizo sausage. Even the half portion of meat, served with a twice-baked potato and veggies for US$13, is a generous plate. Don’t worry if your companion isn’t a meat-eater, as there’s vegetarian lasagna and a daily vegetarian plate. Good seafood is, of course, also available, served with Argentine chimichurri sauce for variety.
Pinocchio’s (tel. 504/445-4466 or 504/9837-7287, 6–9 p.m. Tues.–Fri.) is tucked a hundred meters or so off the main road in West End, but well worth seeking out for the excellent, unusual dishes, such as beef tenderloin with sesame and merlot reduction, and its intriguing selection of tapas. Prices are not cheap (US$11–20 per plate), but it’s great for a splurge. The new European owners include a pastry chef from the Netherlands, who makes desserts to die for, such as a plum tart with earl grey mascarpone.
The Blue Channel (tel. 504/445-4133) offers movie screenings and frequent live music along with its Italian-style pastas. The breakfasts are good too.
Featuring Tex-Mex dishes such as tacos, quesadillas, fajitas, and chimichangas, for about US$3.50–5, Cannibal Café (tel. 504/445-4026, 9 a.m.–10 p.m. Mon.–Sat.) is in front of the Sea Breeze Inn—you can’t miss the life-like “cannibal” sitting out front. The “big Kahuna burrito” is famously large; if you can stuff down three within an hour, they’ll give them to you for free.
© Chris Humphrey and Amy E. Robertson from Moon Honduras, 5th Edition