Frugal Find: Guatemalan Gems at Tikal

The El Sereno restaurant highlights regional cuisines of Guatemala.

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After visiting their homeland of Guatemala, Mario Granados and Darwin Amado returned with recipes for the country’s regional cuisines, from the coconut milk-laced cooking of the Caribbean coast to the pre-Hispanic flavors of the indigenous highlands. The couple’s new El Sereno restaurant showcases polished versions of the nation’s dishes, such as envuelto de guisquil, egg-battered chayote stuffed with cheese; crispy Guatemalan-style enchiladas—flat, not rolled—with shredded beef and pickled beets; and mole-like recados, including jocón, a puree of fresh herbs.

Tikal, 4838 Huntington Dr. North, El Sereno, 323-352-8274

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