Mindo is a charming little town north of Quito and smack in the middle of the cloud forest so there are plenty of canyons, rivers and waterfalls to suit the active traveler.
The town has a bit of an Old West vibe with wooden fronted shops lining streets that crawl up the sides of the nearby mountain.
We ate at El Chef
Where their specialty, as you can see, is lomo a la piedra or Steak on a Rock
The steak is served sizzling atop a blazing hot piece of slate and our friend Jorge says it’s the best steak in Ecuador.
I got the almuerzito, which in Ecuador consists of chicken, rice, french fries and some kind of vegetable
But the area is known for tilapia so that’s what Jules got.
I liked El Chef. It’s got nothing unusual but the food is fresh and well cooked and the restaurant is clean and pleasant. I’d recommend stopping in between the zipline tour and the afternoon of canyoning, or perhaps before the white water rafting. Outdoor activities can make you hungry so don’t forget your carbs!