When you're out and about in Orotina in Costa Rica's Alajuela province, you may find yourself getting hungry. I've been told that you guys prefer local food over the flies my brothers and sisters and I chase when we're hopping through the rainforest! If I were in the mood for some tasty local cuisine, I'd be sure to grab some lunch at Las Cazuelas. I can't quite reach the seats, though...
Regional flavors, local hospitality
Las Cazuelas is renowned for its innovative take on classic Costa Rican cuisine. Some dishes may be familiar to you, such as casados and empanadas, while others are the specialty of the head chef. Many of Las Cazuelas' most popular recipes were handed down to the present owners from their grandmother, so this charming restaurant is one of the best places to find authentic Costa Rican flavors. Much of the food - including the delectable cheese tortillas - is handmade, and some of their specialties can't be found anywhere else.
The proprietors are certainly a friendly bunch! They didn't see me hopping around outside at first, but when they did, they made me feel right at home. The head chef will often greet guests personally, which is a nice touch and contributes to the welcoming atmosphere.
As I'm sure you're aware, it gets pretty hot here in Costa Rica - just the way us treefrogs like it! To make sure guests are comfortable, Las Cazuelas is more like a beach hut than a traditional restaurant. Patrons can sit on benches and feel the warm breeze on their face as they chow down. Not only is this a great way to enjoy lunch, it also makes eating a social event, which is how Ticos prefer to enjoy their meals.
Children are especially welcome at the restaurant. During the peak season, the establishment sets up bounce houses, horse rides and other entertainment to keep the little ones occupied. While the kids play outside, why not enjoy a tasty cocktail to accompany your meal? The bartenders at Las Cazuelas are masters of mixology, and can create a wide variety of delicious drinks.
Whether you're after a quick bite or something more substantial, Las Cazuelas is the ideal place to enjoy authentic Costa Rican cuisine on your travels through Alajuela.
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