The best chicharron in Medellin is:
1. La Gloria De Gloria
When people wait in line for over an hour just to get a table at a small, local restaurant that is specialized in chicharron, you simply must admit that that local restaurant does something really good with the chicharron they serve. The name of that restaurant is La Gloria De Gloria, which is located in Envigado, and it’s an insinuation when it comes to chicharron in Medellin. What makes La Gloria De Gloria so special is the huge platters they serve, all reasonably priced, which includes the super crispy chicharron while maintaining a good degree of tenderness of the pork. You don’t visit this place when you’re on a diet, no, you visit this place when you are starving and ready to stuff yourself with typical Paisa comforting dishes.
The main attraction of this restaurant is the Almuerzo Completo (48,000 COP), which is a huge platter that comes with their huge chicharron, chorizo, fries, minced beef, rice and a fried egg together with a plate of morcilla (Colombian blood sausage) and a red bean-based soup. Usually, this plate is large enough for two persons. For the real chicharron-enthusiasts, there is the option to order the Chicharron (38,000 COP), which is a plate with chicharron, morcilla and fried arepas. More information about this legendary chicharron restaurant in Medellin, such as the opening times, menu, location and other recommended dishes, can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of La Gloria De Gloria.
Tip: La Gloria De Gloria is a restaurant that is always busy. Most local people visit this place during the weekend with their family (four persons and up). If you visit this place as a couple, you have a good chance to skip the line when there is a table for two available.
One of the most famous chicharron in Medellin at La Gloria De Gloria.
2. La Choripolleria
This restaurant, with two branches in the city, is specialized in three things: roasted chicken, homemade chorizo and of course, chicharron. Their limited menu consists of dishes that combine these three specialities. The most popular dishes are their burgers and their picadas. We highly recommend you try their Chicharron Rostizado (25,900 COP), which is a plate full of their super-tender chicharron accompanied with fries, arepas and coleslaw. Like most of their dishes, the Chicharron Rostizado is served with two fantastic sauces. Especially their garlic sauce goes perfect with both the fries and the chicharron. While most chicharron in Medellin we’ve tried are super crispy, the chicharron at La Choripolleria is much more tender, which is surprisingly tasty. More information restaurant in, such as the opening times, menu, location and other recommended dishes, can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of La Choripolleria.
Arguably the best Ceviche de Chicharron can be found at Alambique, a popular and trendy Colombian restaurant in Poblado. The quality of the chicharron is outstanding: super crisp on the outside while the inside of the pork belly is nicely succulent. A quality that we haven't seen anywhere else. Most dishes at Alambique are large and are perfect to share as a group. A plate of their signature dish is filled with a whopping 800-grams fried pork belly covered in delicious sourness. This restaurant is not a local eatery and due to its popularity, making a reservation is basically mandatory. The Ceviche de Chicharron cost you 68,000 COP, which is pricy but then again, it's a sharing platter. During one of our visits, the pork belly was sold out, unfortunately. We are not sure if this happens often, but it just proves the popularity of this tasty dish. More information about Alambique, such as the opening times, location, recommended dishes and TopTravelFoods users' reviews can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Alambique.
Hacienda is one of our favourite traditional Colombian restaurants in the city. Their menu consists of typical Colombian food and part of the menu is devoted to Chicharron dishes. One of the surprisingly tasty options is the Crispetas de Chicharron (17,900 COP), which is a small platter with deep-fried Chicharron. What is so different about this Chicharron? It's coated with a layer of batter and then deep-fried, so the crispy Chicharron has an extra crunchy layer, which is really tasty. It's served with potatoes and both the chicharron as the papas are covered in a light creamy dressing. Absolutely delicious! Hacienda is known for its soups and the Crispetas de Chicharron goes perfect together with a plate of Sancocho or a more richly filled soup like the Lentejas. Hacienda has several branches in Medellin. More information about these branches, such as the opening times, location, recommended dishes and TopTravelFoods users' reviews can be found via the following links:
- TopTravelFoods review page of Hacienda - Junin branch
- TopTravelFoods review page of Hacienda - Ciudad del Rio branch
- TopTravelFoods review page of Hacienda - La Central branch
- TopTravelFoods review page of Hacienda - De Moda branch
- TopTravelFoods review page of Hacienda - Manila branch
- TopTravelFoods review page of Hacienda - La Strada branch
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