Cholo’s – Most Authentic Mexican Food in Panama

As moving to Panama was quite a random decision for me (read about why I moved here) I had virtually no preconceptions of what the cuisine would be like.  Because of its relatively close proximity to Mexico, Spanish language and Latin culture I automatically assumed it would be somewhat similar to Mexican food.  However my time in Panama thus far has taught me that aside from the abundance of rice and beans used in their dishes the types of meals are vastly different.  Panamanians rarely use tortillas or cheese so large hearty burritos, tacos and enchiladas are typically out of the question.  As this gringo comes from Colorado where a large hispanic population has created a some of the finest Mexican cuisine in the country, there are times where only a big, spicy burrito will make my stomach smile.  After a lengthy journey trying to discover the best mexican burritos in the Panama City area I have finally discovered a place I would like to share with you.
Cholo’s is located about one hour outside of Panama City just off the Pan American highway.  Easily visible from the highway it can be found between San Carlos and Las Palmas on the left side of the road just before the exit to El Palmar.  This surf themed Mexican food establishment has good margaritas, cheap local beers and authentic large burritos than will be sure to cure that south of the border craving with their cheesy, chili smothered awesomeness. Whether you are just passing by or heading to the beach, head to Cholo’s for a nice Mexican lunch next time you in the area.  My recommendation is to enjoy a margarita and burrito followed by a nice beach siestsa, but to each their own!  For more info on Cholo’s, Mexican food or beach siestas please inquire below.

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  1. Damien says:

    Nice to learn it but the amount of $ for real estate buying, salary and economic activity of a business in Panama is missing …

  2. Ernie Groth says:

    After spreading around the tax on importation the moving costs the torture of trying to accomplish something requireing government permits it sounds like that off sets the statement live cheaper in Panama. A retiree would have to live to be 100 years old to get even with the system.

    How long would it take to get permits to build homes and a lake on a farm purchased for a acquaculture farm Fresh Water Lobster, and beef cattle??? I have one in mind. It sounds like it would take the fun out of living in Panama.

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  4. Jackie says:

    That is a big question Ernie! I’m not sure of the answer. Maybe one of our readers can help? Or I can put you in touch with our lawyer and real estate friends so they can help you get a better idea…