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El Chapin


4600 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd
Durham, NC 27707
Phone: (919) 908-7975
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Photo of Laura Nickerson Laura Nickerson
Jan 13, 2023 5

I'm so picky with food & usually scared to try a lot of different foreign cuisines. I took a chance & tried a couple of things on the menu. Revueltas Pupusa, Loroco Pupusa, Pollo Pupusa, & Pollo En Crema. I loved the pupusas paired with the cabbage, it was so tasty. I only took a couple of bites of the chicken crema because I got full, but it was yummy as well! I will certainly be back to try more dishes. I did a to-go purchase, but the staff I interacted with were very friendly.

Photo of Anna Huang Anna Huang
Dec 8, 2022 5

This is my happy and comfort place. I come here - delicious fresh food with great portions, friendly staff, upbeat music but not in your ears like some places, people coming here having a good time. Oh did I mention they also have tropical fruit milkshakes!? The restaurant is connected to the store - the the store is just delightful - separated by a plant wall, the store has marinated meat, delicious deserts, and other general goods. It’s fun to walk around and browse while waiting for the food. The tamales is worth a try - moist and well stuffed with generous pickles. I only wish I have a bigger stomach!

Photo of Deena H Deena H
Nov 26, 2022 5

This is a fantastic spot for authentic Guatemalan food! We were recommended to go here by a friend and ordered a ton of food to try. Everything we had was delicious and the portions were huge! The value/price was also really good for what we got. We ordered ahead online and the food was ready in 20 minutes. They did accidentally mess part of the order up but what they included in the order was so good we didn’t even care. Inside there’s a pretty sizable market that sells not just food but also some other essentials - almost like a mini pharmacy. My FAVORITE thing was a little cart with tons of toppings and sauces you can take to go. This will be a new regular spot for us!

Photo of Mayra Huerta Mayra Huerta
Nov 10, 2022 5

First time visiting this lovely place and I highly recommend it. The place looks super inviting with all those beautiful plants everywhere. The customer service was great and the food was amazing. I am definitely going back and taking my whole family there.

Photo of Christopher Kaminski Christopher Kaminski
Oct 11, 2022 5

What a cool restaurant and grocery! Good vegetarian options. Good prices, friendly and fast service. Fantastic salsa and condiment bar, great desert case. This is obviously a place that is aimed at serving their community, not just white folks.

Photo of Robert Barr Robert Barr
Oct 7, 2022 5

Fresh, authentic food and the service was perfect. You will be so surprised at all off the unique flavors and large portions.

Photo of Rebecca Denton-Strauss Rebecca Denton-Strauss
Aug 6, 2022 3

The food is really good, we always enjoy our meal, BUT be aware if you place an online take-out order they don't START cooking it until you arrive to pick it up (happened the last 2 times we've eaten there). If it weren't for this, I'd give them 5 stars.

Photo of Laura Morales Laura Morales
Jun 7, 2022 5

I’m Guatemalan. The atmosphere has marimba. They have Chico bananos / fruit. They have everything you would want to eat in Guatemala and a mini store inside the restaurant. Really good!

Photo of Enrique Naveda Enrique Naveda
May 26, 2022 5

I love this place... Cold beer delicious food and very nice people.. I love the seafood soup!!!

Photo of Aleidy Encarnacion Aleidy Encarnacion
May 10, 2022 4

The food was good. We enjoyed everything. They left one of the things I ordered out of the bag but they were nice when I called to let them know. The prices are very decent. I will eat there again.

Photo of Juan Quiroz Juan Quiroz
May 6, 2022 4

The meat fillet feels tasty because it is neither very cooked nor very thick, cleanliness is seen, very kind Those who attend

Photo of Matthew Robinson Matthew Robinson
Apr 27, 2022 5

Do yourself a favor make this a regular dinner spot. Your life will improve. You might get a raise at work, find true love, stumble into fame while pursuing a passion project. Rescue a dog at a nearby shelter that warns you of an impending heart attack and decide to retire on a beach in Guatemala just to remind you of how it all started...

Photo of Aaron Moore Aaron Moore
Apr 7, 2022 5

Really loved this place. The price/value is off the charts. My wife and I ordered 3 meals worth of food and I got a pound of chorizo to take home for less than I would pay for just a night out somewhere else. Even the side salad was great, all fresh veggies with radish, cucumber, onion, tomato, lettuce. I will have to come back and try everything!

Photo of Adolfo NC Adolfo NC
Mar 22, 2022 5

Great tasting food and gautemala delicacies. Fruit bowl is nice end to a meal. We came from Winston-Salem and it was worth it.