I thought I would start reviewing the many great restaurants that we have in the Playas Del Coco, Hermosa, Ocotal and Playa Panama area. As being a retired Certified Executive Chef of 25 plus years, I would have a good insight to quality, presentation flavor and price/value.
Today I had the pleasure of having lunch at SODA AL OESTE (Soda is a typical Tico restaurant) that not many foreigners utilize but see all the time while grocery shopping at Super Luperon in Playas Del Coco.
This is not a fancy place by any means and it is basically a buffet that you pick your entree from a choice of 3 different items and it is plated and handed to you. The entrée is accompanied by white rice, black beans, fried plantains and a salad. This is a classic dish called a CASADO (the marriage). Some other restaurants also sever handmade tortilla. The food is always fresh and tasty. Today I had the grilled pork chop (CHULETA de CERDO) and the salad today was finely sliced cabbage (REPOLLO) topped with fresh chopped tomatoes, onions and cilantro tossed in fresh lime juice. The other options from today menu were braised chicken breast in a cream sauce with broccoli and onions. The third choice was fried chicken. Maria (her picture is below), gave me a little taste of both and they very good.
Best of all the portion is a good size and with the drink the total price was 2500 colenes or at today’s conversion rate of 555 it was only $4.50.

Check it out great place for lunch on the fly

Beach Bums Bar and Grill

On the beach in Playa Del Coco


Beach Bums bar and grill is a funky beach front restaurant with lots of surf boards and some pretty wild paintings/artwork on the wall. Enjoy great music from reggae to classic rock and roll and always views of the Pacific Ocean and all the boats in the bay. If you’re lucky and athletic you can join in a pickup game of beach volleyball right out front in the sand.

The atmosphere is relaxed and fun and the beer is always cold. The owners Rob and Allan are there every day to make sure your needs are taken care of.

I have dined here many times and I have never had a bad meal. The prices range from $10- $20 dollars for appetizers to entrees.  One of my favorites is the Corn Shrimp Bisque, a nice hearty, big bowl of soup with tons of shrimp, corn and veggies in a cream style tomato herb soup. This bowl of soup is a meal in itself. Last night my wonderful wife and I enjoyed an appetizer of chicken quesadilla, served with fresh salsa, refried black beans and natia ( a local sour cream). Then I had the cheese burger that was the best I have had in the area in 4 years, thick and juicy with grilled onions and mushrooms on a toasted sesame seed bum with lettuce and tomatoes and the best fresh cut french fried potatoes ever. Pamela ordered the national dish of Costa Rica, the CASADO (the marriage) this great plat consists of steaming white rice, fried plantains, black beans, a tossed salad and your choice of shrimp, chicken or filet of fish.  

Be adventurous, try the Chafrijo, this is another Costa Rican dish that is fantastic. It starts out with a base of steamed white rice then topped with seasoned black beans,  then topped with chicharones ( deep fired marinated cubes of pork) then all that is topped with a chimichura ( basically a South American pesto) and finished off with fresh pico de gallo and served with fried tortilla chips for dipping.

If you’re tastes lean toward the usual try the Buffalo Chicken Sandwich, or fried chicken fingers and you will be happy.

Open 7 days a week and features live music a couple times a week

Stop by and say hi to Allen and Rob and let them know I sent you in. you will not be sorry