Gringos at Gringos

Thursday we went to a gringos meeting at the new Gringos Restaurant, and had a lot of fun. We heard about the meeting from the yahoo group, Gringos in David Panama. We went to the Gringos Restaurant when we were in Bocas del Toro and had a very good dinner, so we figured (rightly) that the food would also be very good here since it’s the same owner. If you want to take a drive maybe 20-25 minutes west of David, I would recommend this place.

The meeting was very well attended. We had been to another not long after we arrived, but this one had twice as many people. We also heard comments from others about the big turnout. We had the good luck to sit at a table of fun people, a fellow blogger friend, a guy we had met in the tennis group and his wife (who we learned live quite near us), and a couple other new and interesting people. We didn’t talk with anyone else since everyone pretty much stayed at their own tables but that’s OK. I didn’t need to talk with some “negative nellies” I’d met at the earlier get together.


The food is Mexican style, made with as many local, fresh, organic ingredients as possible. The menu was in English but the staff spoke only Spanish. The owner,  Edward Satterblom, is American though, married to a Panamanian lady. We had guacamole and chips first, then I had enchiladas, Joel had a tostada, beer for us both, and I had a yummy mango and ice cream dessert. Our total was about $32. If I remember correctly meals are around $8-10 a plate.

Apologies for the photos. My Nikon is so big I didn’t want to take it, our beloved little Panasonic quit working, so I got my old Canon Powershot out of retirement. The Canon may not be much by today’s standards, but it was with this camera that I first started to love photography. So I have kept it and it’s twin (Joel’s camera) all this time.

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About Kris Cunningham

We live in David, Chiriqui Provence, Republic of Panama! This blog is about some of our experiences in our new country.
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11 Responses to Gringos at Gringos

  1. indacampo says:

    Glad to hear you had an enjoyable outing with people of the same mind set! 🙂


    • Kris says:

      Yes, it turned out to be a much better afternoon than I expected! It feels very strange though to be in a group of all gringos with everyone speaking English, after all these months of being with locals.


  2. oldsalt1942 says:

    Thanks for linking me in with your story. I’ve had several people who read this blog click through to mine.


  3. The actual owner is Gary Arganbright–gringo Gary from Bocas. He does have a lovely Panamanian wife named Laura.
    I helped organize the monthly outing for Gringos in David. It really was a great time!
    Edward Satterblom


    • Kris says:

      Oh shoot! Thank you for the correction. I saw the thank you on the yahoo group and thought it referred to the restaurant. Thank YOU for organizing the outing. We had a very good time, and thought this was a good place to go – good food, plenty of room, very pleasant atmosphere, and easy to find.


  4. Stan says:

    Sounds like fun. Any idea on when their next meeting will be?


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