Guatemalan Home Cooking in Brooklyn

It's easy to walk right by La Chapincita without noticing that this Guatemalan market also houses a little kitchen. But one Chowhound ventured inside, followed his nose past the groceries in front, and was rewarded with satisfying home-style cooking, notably a spicy turkey stew. The daily-changing steam-table spread might also include beef and vegetable soups, whole fried fish, and chicken pepián in pumpkin-seed sauce, all served with rice and small, thick house-made tortillas.

This is a go-to spot for Guatemalan locals, who've been settling for at least a decade in this part of Brooklyn—a once heavily Italian neighborhood where 'hounds can now free-range happily on dim sum or Georgian kebabs before picking up a loaf of Sicilian bread for the road.

Photo by JH Barbee