Tierras Centro Americanas

87-52 168th St.
Jamaica, NY 11432
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  • Daily 11am-9pm
  • $
  • Takeout, Wheelchair accessible
  • Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
  • Beer/Wine
  • Street Parking
  • Reservations Not Accepted
On the site of the previous Xelaju, Tierras also enjoys the distinction of being the only Guatemalan restaurant in town. Which is a shame, because the cuisine is among the world's most interesting. So skip the Salvadoran side of the menu, and head for revolcado, a hearty stew of pork chunks and cow hearts, neatly uniting two major recipes popular in Guatemala. The broth is brown and dense and spectacularly savory. In a lighter vein, caldo de camarones is a good collection of medium-size, head-on shrimp in a sprightly chowder flavored with the leaves and shoots of the pito tree, known as chipilin and possessing reputed soporific properties. Google it. We're woozy already!

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