In San Pedro, a town on Belize
's northern island of Ambergris Caye, the Mestizo traditions are strong. The Mestizo people are descendants of the Maya and the Spanish, and when those two cultures mixed, a new one was born. You'll find many Mestizo people in San Pedro, but you'll hardly find a better Mestizo restaurant than El Fogon, a spot owned by a local woman known as Miss Suzanna and run by her daughter. All of the food is cooked in a traditional outdoor oven (fogon
means "kitchen hearth"), and everything is delicious. Try the salbutes
, a tacolike dish made with fried tortillas, with a texture that's somehow both soft and crunchy, or the pig tail with split peas. And the coconut rice is to die for.