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Soda Rustico

Soda Rustico

Destination: Jaco

Cheap eats a half block from the beach, Soda Rustico is a neighborhood favorite for classic Costa Rican cookery. The cool sea breeze flows through the restaurant as the line forms for the daily lunch rush attracting locals and visitors alike with the prospect of making their own casado (typical Costa Rican food with a choice of meat and multiple sides) for just $4.

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Stand in line at the cafeteria-style buffet and pile your plate with colorful sides, salads, flaky battered sea bass, tomato-marinated beef or pan-fried pork. Or, opt for another Costa Rican staple, the Olla de Carne (beef stew), $5, made with beef and local vegetables like pear squash, cabbage, corn, potatoes, cassava, taro root and yams. Wash it all down with any number of different fruit juices or a hot cup of coffee for a $1 more.


Kids, beach bums and locals congregate under the simply furnished shaded patio at Soda Rustico where fresh bananas and plantains hang from the rafters beside murals of the countryside.


Friendly locals stand behind the buffet counter serving up your choice of food.


Entrees $4-$6


7 a.m.-7:30p.m.; Sundays 7 a.m.-4 p.m.

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