Latacunga's local specialty, chugchucaras, won't win any fans at the American Heart Association. This insane concoction is served up with piles of fried pork skins, fried plantains, fried potatoes, fried white-corn kernels that are pretty close to popcorn, some fried cheese empanadas, and seemingly anything else they can dig out of the deep fryer. Chugchucara restaurants abound in Latacunga. A massive chugchucara plate should run $3.50 to $5 (£2.35-£3.35). If you want to try this local treat -- and if you think your heart can take it -- head to the area around calles Ordóñez and Quijano, where you'll find a string of dedicated chugchucara restaurants.

For good Chinese fare, head to Chifa China (no phone), on Antonia Vela 6-85 and 5 de Junio. For Italian fare, try Pizzería Buon Giorno (tel. 03/2804-924), on Sánchez de Orellana and General Maldonado. Another good option is the Restaurant Rodelu (tel. 03/2800-956), belonging to its namesake hotel, which serves up tasty pizzas and a-la-carte dishes. For a great cup of coffee, light lunches, cakes, and cookies, head to the cafe-restaurant at Hostal Tiana (tel. 03/2810-147), on Guayaquil 5-32 and Quito.

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