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Restaurants in Costa Rica are more diverse than one might expect including a variety of international cuisines. From chic city restaurants to tiny roadside sodas (the Costa Rican version of a diner) and seafood eateries, Costa Rica will keep your palate engaged!

 


DINING NEAR ORO MONTE

There are several sodas and smaller restaurants within 3 miles of Oro Monte and a weekend soda within walking distance. Naranjo is host to diverse restaurants from Italian and Asian to BBQ.

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DINING BASICS

TRADITIONAL TICO BREAKFAST
Gallo Pinto is the typical breakfast in Costa Rica. It consists of rice and beans mixed together, fried or scrambled eggs, fried plantains, and tortillas. Salsa Lizano, a native salsa, completes this morning staple.

CASADO
Casado, or Comida Tipica, is the most common dish in Costa Rica. It consists of beans, rice with finely diced red bell peppers and onions, fried plantains, a cabbage salad with tomato and carrot, and a choice of meat – grilled or sautéed -between chicken, fish, pork, or steak with grilled onions. French fries or extra vegetables may also accompany this meal.

CEVICHE
Ceviche is a popular boca (tapas or appetizer) consisting of fresh raw fish marinated in citrus juices such as lime with finely diced herbs and veggies. In Costa Rica, most ceviche is made with local tilapia or corvina (white sea bass) and cilantro, garlic, hot pepper, onion, and celery. Mango ceviche replaces fish in this tasty appetizer.