“La Tinaja Restaurant:” Tradition of Good Food in Central Mountain Town
The central mountain town of Jarabacoa has become one of the country’s most important eco-tourist destinations. Visitors to this town, situated in the Caribbean’s highest mountain, can enjoy excellent Dominican treats and cuisine at “La Tinaja” (The Barrel), one of the town’s oldest and finest cafeteria/restaurants.
Bars and Restaurants
Jarabacoa’s many attractions have spurred the opening of new bars and restaurants. However, the long-standing “La Tinaja” cafeteria/restaurant has remained strong, serving excellent Dominican treats and dishes to more than one generation of travelers to the region. The restaurant, which is also one of the region’s finest bakeries, features some 23 different types of sandwiches and hamburgers served on a wide variety of home-made breads.
Guests can also enjoy fresh homemade juices and shakes, such as papaya, pineapple, orange, and many others made from tropical fruits. Since Jarabacoa is known for its excellent strawberry farms, “La Tinaja” offers many treats made with this delicious fruit.
Tempting Dominican Breakfast and Lunch
A typical Dominican breakfast consists of mashed green plantains, accompanied by fried salami, fresh cheese and eggs. For lunch or dinner, guests can also enjoy hearty meals consisting of stewed goat, onion steak and chicken cracklings. For dessert, by far the most popular is their homemade carrot cake. Other treats: homemade puddings, coconut custard, and banana bread.
Business hours: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., Monday-Thursday. Weekends until midnight.
A True Family-Oriented Business
“La Tinaja” was founded in March 1987 by Dagoberto Abreu, who years later passed on the family business to his son and current head chef Ricardo Abreu. The cafeteria/restaurant also offers its guests excellent national and international wines and a nice variety of national and German beers, all at incredible prices.