Sabores del Chorrillo

Panama City, Panama

There was a tradition years ago among Panama City dwellers: going out for fried fish in El Chorrillo, the raffish barrio where boxing legend Roberto Durán grew up. While the custom faded over the years, the popularity of El Chorrillo’s fish has not. It’s led to the recent establishment of a “gastronomic marketplace” along the Cinta Costera. (The waterfront market was originally to be named the Fritódromo, in honor of the Panamanians’ love for all things fried.) Eleven chefs were selected from the neighborhood and trained in restaurant management as well as haute cuisine by renowned high-end chefs; then the city turned the premises over to them. It became Sabores del Chorrillo, and today every stall has its own kitchen and its own creative bill of fare.

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Sabores del Chorrillo

There was a tradition years ago among Panama City dwellers: going out for fried fish in El Chorrillo, the raffish barrio where boxing legend Roberto Durán grew up. While the custom faded over the years, the popularity of El Chorrillo’s fish has not. It’s led to the recent establishment of a “gastronomic marketplace” along the Cinta Costera. (The waterfront market was originally to be named the Fritódromo, in honor of the Panamanians’ love for all things fried.) Eleven chefs were selected from the neighborhood and trained in restaurant management as well as haute cuisine by renowned high-end chefs; then the city turned the premises over to them. It became Sabores del Chorrillo, and today every stall has its own kitchen and its own creative bill of fare.

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