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 The Best Huecas in Quito, Ecuador

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Founder, Not Your Average American
Updated: 20 September 2017
Small, neighborhood restaurants dot the capital city of Quito, Ecuador. The best are lovingly called huecas, which literally translates as hollow. But don’t think empty – instead consider a bird’s nest hollowed into a tree: small and cozy. These establishments are usually family-run and lack any kind of marketing beyond word-of-mouth, which is why we asked a few Quiteños to share their favorites.

La Yapa Manabita

Seafood,South American, $$$
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La Yapa Manabita is a seafood restaurant found near the Atahualpa Stadium. La yapa is slang for ‘a little extra’ and this restaurant goes out of its way to put a little extra on every seafood platter. Each dish is made with love from the Manabí province.
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Mon - Sun:
7:00 am - 10:00 pm

Atmosphere:

Fast Casual

Restaurante Doña Blanquita

Restaurant, South American, $$$
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Recommended for their excellent fritada – chunks of delicious pork fried in their own fat with all the fixings – Restaurante Doña Blanquita serves other local specialties too.
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Mon - Fri:
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat - Sun:
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Párame Bolón

South American, $$$
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For the best breakfast bolón in town, try Párame Bolón a few blocks from the bus terminal on Río Coca. They also make an excellent tigrillo – a dish of mashed, pan-fried green plantain mixed with eggs and fresh cheese.
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Mon - Fri:
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sat - None:
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sun - None:
8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Atmosphere:

Fast Casual

Las Corvinas de Don Jimmy

Restaurant, Seafood, South American, $$$
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Las Corvinas de Don Jimmy has been open since 1953, consistently serving excellent fried fish for breakfast, lunch and dinner to appreciative locals. With a permanent location near the Mercado Central, Don Jimmy takes their delicious product to other locations via their food truck.
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Mon - Sun:
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Fritadas La Hora Sabrosa

Restaurant, South American, $$$
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For delicious fritada cooked over a wood-burning fire, stop by Fritadas La Hora Sabrosa in South Quito. Be warned, this popular hueca is only open late-afternoon and evenings.

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Mon - Sat:
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Papaman

Venezuelan, $$$
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While most huecas make local Ecuadorian foods, Papaman is famous for Venezuelan arepas, a tortilla-like bread stuffed with tasty meat and cheese fillings. Find them just below the Rumipamba Archeology Park.
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Mon - Sat:
10:00 am - 9:00 pm

Atmosphere:

Fast Casual

La Hueca de Cantuña

Restaurant, South American, $$$
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Located on the Plaza San Francisco in the Quito Historic District, La Hueca de Cantuña is owned and operated by a couple from Otavalo, Ecuador. Stop by for a scoop of delicious ice cream, a fresh fruit juice, a cafe con humita, or the lunch special of the day. We guarantee locals will eating by your side.
Posted by La hueca de Cantuña on Saturday, March 12, 2016
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Heladería Dulce Placer

Cafe, Dessert, $$$
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A hueca can be all about the dessert like the Heladería Dulce Placer found in the historic neighborhood La Ronda. They specialize in making ice cream that Ecuadorians absolutely love!
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Mon - Thu:
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri - Sat:
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sun - None:
10:00 am - 7:00 pm