Today after enjoying a great lunch at Chalitos Restaurant in La Guácima de Alajuela for the first time, I learned that the original place has been open since 1938.
A very casual place, you really feel in Costa Rica: wooden floors, wooden tables, very loud and “happening” place.
The menu pleases everybody with typical Costarican dishes such as patacones, tacos ticos, ceviches, And also some Peruvian additions like ceviche Peruano, arroz chaufa, causa limena, parihuela, and lots more.
Even though I had a hard time deciding what to order, I chose a Peruvian ceviche that was very fresh, lemony and with lots of cilantro, maybe a tiny bit “overcooked”. Then I had “arroz con camarones” (rice with shrimp) one of my all time favorite dishes. It was really good.
A friend had Camarones al Ajillo (shrimp sautéed in butter and garlic) I wanted to steal that plate!
Then my husband ordered a whole fish that came with a delicious tomato based seafood sauce on the side that looked better than anything else on the table, and my mom had a Thai chicken that she loved. It was so big she took half of it home. Everything was very good.
The portions are big and prices very reasonable. Expect to pay 20.000 colones for 2 adults and 2 kids with no alcoholic beverages.
The service was very good, even though the place was packed and very loud. A few extra waiters would have been great (at least for Sunday lunch). All the waiters had a great attitude, which is unusual to find nowadays.
They also have a playground for the kids to enjoy, always a plus on a Sunday lunch.
I do recommend Chalitos.
Cost: $$ ($20 pp)
400 metros al sur de la Iglesia Católica de Las Vueltas, La Guácima, Alajuela, Costa Rica.