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If you do not have a sack of money, and don’t have your own way to cook either, you can go to the restaurant San Pedro, at the corner of Domingo Atienza and Licancabur (right where San Pedro town ends begins –as you enter it- on the crossroads between the highway to Calama and the road to Quitor ruins, 3 blocks from the city “centre”) where a 2-course set meal costs US$ 2, and soft drinks are a decent US$ 0,70 (instead of the US$ 2 or so, at the expensive restaurants in Caracoles). This is the place where many locals have lunch, so it’s not an uninteresting place to visit, and is also handy for the Tur Bus and Atacama 2000 bus stops. Much cheaper –but much less appealing as well- places are around the ramshackle bus stops at the eastern end of Toconao St., behind the telecommunications microwave tower, as an extension of the handicraft’s fair alley; this is the place where you can share a meal with Bolivian wannabe-illegal immigrants and drivers; for a taste of road cuisine, walk another 300 metres E of this place, and get into the Condorazo “restaurant”: this is a trucker’s eatery, great for those who want to meet weary Brazilian truckers, discreet Aymara indians and Bolivians on their way to Chile trying not to be noticed, and for anybody lingering of those bizarre road food stops of the Peruvian-Bolivian Andean highlands. It’s decorated in a kitsch style (although I doubt the owners have any clue of what the meaning of kitsch is...so be prepared to see real, essential kitsch), and to add another good thing, it’s cheap and the portions are generous. It is located next to the Customs building (just look for the commercial radio FM antenna, and the police microwave dishes on it).
Favorite Dish: Meat dishes, soup, pantrucas (see my Chile's general chapter...), and Sunday's empanadas are good here, and at reasonable, standard prices.
Price Comparison: least expensive
Price: less than US$10
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