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Kasava

Kasava

Destination: Santa Teresa

When gluten-free called, Kasava answered. Kasava daily bakes artisan bread, burger buns, crostinis, bagels, hash browns and sweet pastries with cassava (also known as yucca root or tapioca), enlightening Santa Teresa's already health-conscious community with even more wholesome vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free foods that are actually yummy — which let's admit, can be hard to find.

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You can dodge gluten three meals a day, first with a bold breakfast, Kasava Krostini, $8, toasted yucca bread crostinis smeared with herb cream cheese, topped with sauteed greens, bacon, poached eggs and caramelized tomato. Follow suit at lunchtime with the Bandolero (bandit) burger, $10, bacon, pepper jack cheese, pico de gallo, chipotle mayo, served with a side of cassava (yucca root) fries and a cilantro aioli dipping sauce. Kasava also has a salad bar, for those of you craving veggies.

Be sure to browse the pastry case for something sweet, a brownie with peanut butter, $5, topped with ice cream. Also, pick one of the fresh-pressed juices, $2, passion fruit-basil, or tamarind-ginger to supplement your nutritious meal.

Ambiance

Picture your hometown's cute local bagel shop, pick it up, set it down just a few hundred feet from the beach in Costa Rica, and there you have Kasava. Inside the cafe-style restaurant, there's a pastry counter, a few tables, bar top along the wall, and kids play area. You can also eat on the front or back porches, and log in to its free Wi-Fi throughout the whole restaurant.

Service

Order at the counter and take your food right away, or grab a seat, enjoy the breeze, Skype your friends, and hang out while you wait for one of the sweet Costa Rican cooks to bring your meal to the table.

Price

Breakfast $2-8; Lunch $6-$9; Drinks $2, Bagels and assorted pastries $2

Hours

7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday to Saturday
8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday

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