Our favorite restaurant in Quito is by far la Casa de mi Abuela. This wonderful restaurant was our favorite over 35 years ago when hubby and I were Peace Corps Volunteers and was the best place back then for a really good steak. Mi Abuela is still alive, and still buys Argentinian beef — and ages and grills all of it on site.
La Casa de mi Abuela is a few blocks from both the JW Marriott and the Holiday Inn Express (where we always stay in Quito) 1 & 1/2 short blocks from Avenida Orellana on Juan Leon Meria. Trip Advisor recommends that La Casa de mi Abuela is ranked 19th among 287 listed food establishments in Quito.
Fabiola, the gracious hostess, can always recommend the best of the day but you can’t go wrong with either the Lomo Fino or the fish of the day. A nicely prepared salad, potatoes either al horno or frito, and a bit of rice will accompany your main course, and a copa de vino if you wish. Prices are very reasonable and the service is impeccable, thanks to Fabiola. She is a veritable font of local lore, both historical as well as informational and can make your meal most enjoyable, especially if you haven’t been able to find out much about Quito.
Today, hubby is off to experience the “teleferico” gondola up Pichincha, complete with camera and binoculars for a fabulous view of Quito and the valle. As I detest heights and especially mountain trams, I am off for a sedate visit to QuiCentro mall and some last-minute shopping. I believe there is some jewelry with my name on it.
Later, we are going back this afternoon as Fabiola has promised to make us a lunch of “platos typicos” of the Andean homes, complete with Choclo con queso, hubby’s favorite. No it’s not on the menu at La Casa de mi Abuela, but I bet it will be just as tasty as the Lomo Fino.