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March 2021

CityView Magazine - Fayetteville, NC

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38 March 2021 GOOD EATS A Taste Of Home The bold flavors and fresh aromas of authentic Central American cooking leave us longing for more BY JANET GIBSON | PHOTOGRAPHY BY CINDY BURNHAM T here's something special about a restaurant with cooks who learned their skills at the apron strings of their mothers or grandmothers. ey embrace the old- fashioned ways, ingredients picked fresh from the garden and family recipes that have been passed down through the generations. Over a hot stove, they smile or sing a happy tune – and add a dash of love into every dish. We feel at home. Families and friends have gathered at tables to fill their hearts and bellies at Guatemala Centro American Restaurant. A sampling of popular dishes includes chicken soup to warm the soul, tamales larger than our hands, empanadas piping-hot from the oven, cheese-filled griddle cakes called pupusas, perfectly seasoned steak, pork, chicken and shrimp served with mounds of black beans and rice, amazing potato salad, golden-brown sweet plaintains that melt in the mouth, and the traditional dessert of flan, a sweet caramel custard that wows us with every spoonful. "It was always my dream to have my own restaurant." – Maria Guadalupe Echeverria, co-owner of Guatemala Centro American Restaurant Maria Guadalupe Echeverria with some of the supremely fresh specialties at her Guatemala Centro America Restaurant. GO BEHIND THE SCENES: Just point your smartphone camera at this code:

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