Walk in to OKC’s Café Antigua and instantly become transported to a neighborhood café nestled high in the coffee rich mountains of Central America.
Start off with a cup of coffee, freshly ground and imported directly from the roaster/grower in Guatemala, Antigua. Unique conditions like volcanically enriched soil and the elevation of the Sierra Madre de Chiapas mountain range combine to produce beans boasting complex flavor nuances of smoke, spice, flower and chocolate with a gently bright to austere acidity. In addition to the fresh Guatemalan coffee, Café Antigua offers a variety of traditional Latin American beverages including horchata, Jamaica tea, mango, tamarind, lemon and limeade.
The café’s delightful coffee and refreshing tropical beverages pair well with a selection from the breakfast menu. Served all day, breakfast choices include the basic Chapin, a vegetarian dish made from soft scrambled eggs, refried black beans and plantains; Huevos Motuleños, corn tortillas stuffed with refried black beans, layered with eggs and drizzled in chirmol sauce; Machaca, fresh eggs scrambled with shredded beef, onions, tomatoes and jalapenos or the three omelette options: Chapin, Longaniza or Chorizo.
Although similar to Mexican cuisine, Guatemalan fare tends to feature grilled protein, paired with basmati rice and black beans rather than refried pintos and fried rice. At Antigua, enjoy a bowl of hearty Guatemalan beef stew, Carne Guisada or savor a delight from the grill such as Carne Adobada and Chuletas Mayas, pork steak and chops or the beef steak delights Carne Azada and Bistek Ranchero. For a lighter grilled option, check out the Mayan Rice, chicken or beef kabobs atop a bed of basmati rice. Antigua also offers spicy Chiles Rellenos, freshly rolled Flautas and the stacked enchilada delight, Enchiladas Guatemaltecas.
Whether having breakfast or lunch, be sure to save room for another cup of coffee and whatever seasonal flan or latest specialty dessert dreamed up by the owners of this neighborhood café.