Central Valley (near San Jose), Costa Rica
Tiquicia Restaurant Description
The traditional Costa Rican cuisine affectionately known as "Tico" food is harder to do well than it sounds. Tiquicia is justifiably famous for its beautifully prepared "Casados," the traditional Costa Rican one-plate meals featuring grilled meats, beans, tortillas, and "platanos fritos," or fried plantains.
- Quite a ride. Getting to Tiquicia is an adventure in and of itself, as it's perched on the tippy top of a high mountain. But that's what makes it famous — the eye-popping view of San Jose and the surrounding valley — so have patience with the jouncy ride up.
- Party on the weekends.On the weekends they have traditional music and dancing, which makes an outing to Tiquicia that much more fun for kids, but the scene tends to get crowded so call ahead or go with a group. Note that they close early on Sunday nights.
Just the Facts
Hours: Tuesdays - Fridays, 5 p.m.. -midnight; Saturdays, noon to midnight; Sundays, noon to 6 p.m.
Fees: Moderately priced