Plenty of seafood dishes, inimitable beef treats, various vegetables and fruits are the main distinctive features of ethnic cuisine in Santiago. According to true gourmands the city of Santiago is exactly the gastronomy destination to try and enjoy the most delicious dishes made of various sorts of fish. Local cooks are genuine experts of crab meat preparation and a special sort of shellfish named “locos” cooking. Local upscale restaurants as well as budgetary cafes offer their guests to try special treats made of seafood named by local residents the mariscos.
Local ethnic restaurants offer a genuinely great choice of meat dishes. One of the most popular treats among foreign guests of the city is still the cazuela de pollo which is a rich thick soup with chicken, rice and potato, being richly added with various spices and flavoring herbs. Those tourists wishing to learn the peculiarities of ethnic cuisine better should pay a visit to one of the provincial restaurants. Tourists will find numerous eating establishments of the kind in the suburbs of the city.
A popular meat dish is the lomo a la pobre which is made of beef. A big slab of meat is roasted and before serving the meat is added with two eggs giving the dish an original and appetizing look. In addition to the meat treat a great sizing of fried potatoes is offered. Tourists used to traditional European dishes will find local cuisine rather original and piquant.