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A lunchtime classic: the Costa Rican casado

Are you hungry? Ready to tuck into Costa Rica’s best-known traditional dish? A casado is your answer, and generally includes rice, beans, some protein – in this case, chicken – and usually some form of salad or vegetable picadillo, or both. Other adornments sometimes include a fried egg, tortillas, or chips.

This version, at the Crazy Monkey Bar and Restaurant in Tamarindo, right next to the Best Western Tamarindo Vista Villas, also comes with crispy plantain chips. Another side: the view of Tamarindo Beach you can take in while eating the meal. If you’re up for something else, try their international menu as well as the wide variety of cocktails.

For more information about Crazy Monkey Bar & Restaurant, visit their web site or Facebook page.

Our new Plato del Día series is an occasional homage to Costa Rican deliciousness of all kinds. (The plato del día is, by definition, a main course, but we’re using the term loosely and will be featuring everything from hearty entrees and bocas to drinks and desserts.) What’s your favorite Costa Rican treat? Or does your hotel or restaurant have a favorite dish to share with our readers? Wax eloquent – no more than 500 words, please, with a horizontal photo if possible- and contact us at 

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