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Soda Victoria

Soda Victoria

Anchored on Marbella's main roadside, Soda Victoria, a staple amongst the locals and visitors, boosts the souls of the surfers and the field workers of the mountain backdrops with typical Costa Rican dishes that also have an indistinguishable yet differentiating ethnic flair.

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Using her secret combination of spices and herbs she learned in Nicaragua, Victoria seasons every dish, especially rice and beans, to make the Gallo Pinto, achieving her perfect flavor notes for breakfast.

Stop in for lunch and get one of Victoria's famous Costa Rican casados: rice, beans, served with pork, fish or beef, plantains and salad, or take a look at the specials board to see what is offered from rice with shrimp to American comfort food with a Nicaraguan-Costa Rican twist like french fries and burgers. And, check out the strawberry, Papaya and pineapple smoothies.

Born in Nicaragua. Victoria lived with her family in Ometepe Island, cooking homemade dishes to sell door-to-door and on roadsides. During the Nicaraguan revolution of 1970, Victoria and her two sons escaped into Guanacaste and were part of thousands of Nicaraguans who migrated to Costa Rica. Dealing with adversity from her first years, she hustled non-stop, working as a maid from house to house. The hard work paid off, and she became a Costa Rican citizen and came to Marbella with her daughter Nichole to set up her own business, Soda Marbella, six years ago.

Ambiance

You'll find a casual, intimate atmosphere below the tin-roofed porch of Victoria's house reminiscent of that old Costa Rican charm with wooden walls decorated with figures of swans, pitchers, butterflies and cornucopia fruit platters; a flat screen T.V. with the national channels, screens to protect from the sun and fans to cool you down.

Her white chairs and tables bedecked with blue tablecloths and a center piece of the three most popular sauces to season your food in Costa Rica.

Service

Friendly, hospitable and sincere Victoria and her daughter open their home to you giving you a sense that you have been part of the family when you drop in on them for some great local food delicacies.

Sometimes Victoria sparkles conversations about her exodus to leave the Nicaragua War and how grateful she is to have become a citizen of Costa Rica, her new country.

Price

Entrees $4-$11

Smoothies: $3

Hours

7 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily; (closes only when Victoria is out of town)

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