It's no secret that San Ignacio has some of the best eats in all of Belize. With so many fine establishments to choose from, visitors often have trouble picking one that suits their tastes. One hidden gem that flies under the radar is the Ixtabai Restaurant at Cahal Pech Village Resort. It delivers the most memorable dining experience in the Cayo District for a few notable reasons.
One of the few restaurants in the country with chefs trained by the Culinary Institute of America, Ixtabai serves inventive fare that's a cut above the rest. Ixtabai's kitchen staff use an ever-changing mix of the freshest local ingredients to produce offbeat Belizean and classic international dishes. From rib eye steaks to plantain-crusted fish, the menu at Ixtabai is constantly improving and evolving.
Ixtabai isn't just a great place to take in the finest food in town. They also boast the perfect bar experience for young and old alike. Their friendly crew of knowledgeable bartenders dish out a variety of native Belizean drinks in style. Classic cocktails like Planter's Punch and the Bahama Mama really sparkle when you make them with freshly squeezed local fruit juice.
While an important part of the equation, food and drink are just a fraction of the Ixtabai experience. The views looking out over the Belize River Valley make for truly memorable meals at Ixtabai. Relaxing in one of Cahal Pech Village Resort's three pools is always a great way to cap off dinner. You won't find man-made waterfalls and a spa at any other high-end restaurant in town.
It's not often that the best joint in town also offers the most bang for your buck. Ixtabai breaks with tradition on that front by delivering amazing meals day in and day out that are affordably priced. Families in particular flock to Ixtabai for breakfast, lunch and dinner meals. The fact that Cahal Pech's in-house restaurant draws lodgers from other hotels speaks volumes.
The Total Package
An outstanding dining experience is never the result of a single factor. Great establishments that stand the test of time excel in every category of customer satisfaction. Ixtabai manages to outclass every other restaurant in San Ignacio by matching first-rate food and drinks with a one-of-a-kind atmosphere. For a champagne experience at beer prices, the obvious choice is Ixtabai.
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