If you are looking for a place to try traditional Colombian cuisine, look no further than La Puerta Falsa in Bogota. The restaurant has been frequented by Bogotanos since 1816 and is hidden on a street near the Plaza de Bolivar. You most likely won’t be able to find a table when you walk in as the restaurant is quite cozy, but the tables turn over quickly and you can avoid a long wait by visiting outside of peak meal times.
The most popular order is a tender tamale (chicken and rice wrapped in a banana leaf) and the chocolate completo (hot chocolate with buttered bread, a slice of cow’s milk cheese, and a corn roll). To eat the chocolate completo, you let the cheese melt into the chocolate and then dip the bread into the delicious liquid. It might sound strange, but the combination works. It is a Cundinamarca regional specialty that was allegedly enjoyed by Colombian revolutionaries who fought for independence from Spain.
The restaurant is open from 7am to 10pm, Monday to Friday and from 8am to 8pm on weekends. Prices are right: a tamale and chocolate completo will run you under $5 USD.
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