A walking tour of Three Quito Restaurants where you can really eat!

Going out in Quito is an experience for anyone who has been on the road and is looking for good food and fun places.  Having worked a lot of my life in restaurants and kitchens, part of travelling is finding those spots that offer really good food and is reasonable for a backpacking budget.  Here are four spots in Quito which offer surprises that don´t break the budget.

Uncle Ho´s, calama y Deigo de Almagro, New Town

Uncle Ho´s is Vietnamese food done well.  The menu is short but the food on it is cooked to perfection.  Items such as Pho and shrimp, beef, chicken, and pork skewers over rice noodles or salads hit the right spot.  For lunch there is a five dollar special that includes soup, skewers, juice and fried bananas.  The combination can´t be beat in the tourist part of town.

Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foch and mera, New Town.

Mexican food isn´t hard to come by in the tourist district but good mexican spots are few and far between.  Red Hot Chili Peppers is the exception.  The chicken Quesidillas, burritos, tacos, and burritos are authentic, spicy, and affordable.  Combined with four-dollar margaritas, it´s the perfect place for a snack and a drink before heading out.

Al forno, Moreno y Almagro, New Town

Al Forno offers fifty different kinds of thin crust, italian style pizza and they do it well.  Their tomato sauce is made fresh daily and the other ingredients like prosciutto and fresh cheeses make eating a pleasure.  One pizza for two including a few beers runs around fifteen dollars.

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