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Rainforest Cafe

Rainforest Cafe

Destination: Arenal

Chill out or warm up with an enormous menu of coffee creations at the Rainforest cafe. All the coffee is specifically chosen for its flavor profile: cappuccinos, lattes and regular coffee use an Italian roast from the slopes of Costa Rica's Poas volcano, while the frozen drinks are made with an espresso roast from San Ramon.

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The hot drinks at Rainforest Cafe incorporate all the typical java pick-me-ups like lattes, espressos, mochas and cappuccinos but also include many different types from around the world including Irish, Dominican, and European-style coffees – 28 varieties in total. Cold drinks range from iced to frozen and include sweet delights like the sueno de bebe (baby dreams), $5; a blended, frozen latte topped with a chocolate straw and cookie.

Lunch comes pretty standard with a variety of light options like the rainforest salad, $6, with lettuce, strawberries, peaches, yogurt, honey, cheese and almonds; plus comfort foods like sandwiches, tacos, and a typical Costa Rican hamburger, $7, made with beef, ham, bacon and cheese. Avoid the high-end dishes like the churrasco (grilled steak), $11, which seem above the abilities of the kitchen staff – I ordered mine medium rare and it came out so rare that I had to stab it to make sure it's dead.

Ambiance

Polished wood, cool jazz and a laid-back upscale cafe atmosphere.

Service

Not what you would call courteous; eager to recommend the most expensive items on the menu.

Price

Drinks $2-$5; Entrees $3-$11

Hours

7 a.m.-10 p.m.

Note: The Rainforest Cafe is an independent Costa Rican business, not associated with the American Franchise.

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