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The Osa Peninsula and the South Pacific Restaurants

El Trapiche de Nayo

  • Pan-American Hwy., 6 km (4 miles) north of San Isidro de El General Map It
  • Costa Rican

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The panoramic valley view is worth a stop at this rustic roadside restaurant that serves the kind of food Ticos eat at turnos (village fund-raising festivals), including hard-to-find sopa de mondongo (tripe soup). Easier to stomach are the gallos, thick tortillas cooked on a wood stove, which you stuff with cooked hearts of palm, root vegetables, or chicken in salsa. Some Saturdays, raw sugarcane is pressed in an antique mill and boiled in huge iron cauldrons to make smooth sobado, a molasses-flavored fudge. Service is leisurely, to say the least, but the restrooms have been upgraded, so it's a decent pit stop. It's open 7 am to 7 pm daily.

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Pan-American Hwy., 6 km (4 miles) north of San Isidro de El General, , 11901, Costa Rica

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