This is a lunch shack in a little Costa Rican village. They cook over a wood fired stove behind the thatched roof seating area. The village does not have any tourist amenities except for this lunch place. Some wildlife boat tours in the area stop here to give tourists a taste of typical Costa Rican food.
Most of the restaurants in Tamarindo feature international cuisine, so this lunch shack offers the contrast of a local food experience. The mainstay of traditional Costa Rican food is called casado. Casado means marriage. It is a rice and beans dish, and its name signifies that rice and beans go together like a husband and wife. Added to the rice and beans can be a variety of other ingredients, such as chicken.
It was at this lunch shack that my wife and I were asked if we wanted to sample iguana as an addition to the rice and beans. As I mentioned in my post last week about an iguana, it tasted like chicken. I will show some additional photos of this lunch experience in the next few days.