For comfort food served up with a tropical twist, pull up a chair at Green Eggs and Ham in Mancora, Peru.
Forget about the ceviche or tamales served at the other restaurants in town. Green Eggs and Ham is all about American-style comfort food, whether you’re a homesick traveler craving a giant burger or just looking for a proper brownie sundae. Here, they’re made with warm, fudgy brownies, rather than the cakey bars more common in South America.
The restaurant sits on the second floor of the Birdhouse, a small, open-air complex of restaurants and shops overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
A shaded veranda provides the perfect place to chill out, enjoy the beach and watch the surfers without roasting in the strong Peruvian sun.
While the shrimp burger and beer-battered sweet potato fries are highly recommended, the prix fixe breakfasts steal the show.
For just 12 soles (about $4), diners can choose one main dish, one side dish and a drink. Main dishes include pancakes, Belgian waffles and omelets stuffed with meat, veggies and cheese. Sides range from bacon and sausage to fruit salad, yogurt, and hash browns reminiscent of fried mashed potatoes. Drinks include coffee, tea and several varieties of freshly-squeezed fruit juice.
Don’t miss a chance to chat with Jeff and Kathleen Hirsch – more commonly known as Mo and Kika – the gregarious American couple who runs Green Eggs and Ham as well as Papa Mo’s Milk Bar downstairs.
Mo and Kika first visited Mancora after their son, Aaron Hirsch, moved to the town for its legendary surfing. Aaron opened the restaurant ten years ago, naming it after his daughter’s favorite book, the Dr. Seuss classic, Green Eggs and Ham. Eventually, he moved back to the U.S., but Mo and Kika had fallen in love with both Mancora and their customers, and stayed to run the place.
To this day, Mo and Kika name their customers as the best part of the business.
“For the amazing young people who become a part of our lives for the few days or weeks of their visit, Papa and myself most enjoying becoming adopted ‘Grands’ when they need help or have questions,” Kika said.
Their hospitality is much appreciated by travelers and local surfers alike, who have rated the restaurant number one in Mancora on TripAdvisor.
“Our days are filled with meeting the most interesting, exciting, and delightful people from all parts of the world,” Kika said. “We laugh with them, talk about the latest books, and hope that in some small way we offer a touch of home.”
Green Eggs and Ham is located at Piura 112. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., seven days a week.