Fish tacos and more in Taco bar Santa Ana
by Ivo Henfling
Every time I go to Jaco Beach, I need to stop over for lunch at the Taco Bar Restaurant downtown, across from the Pops ice cream parlor. This first Costa Rica Taco Bar has some incredibly awesome Tacos and at very reasonable prices and it’s a quick in an out as it is set up like a fast food restaurant.
In December last year, my friend Pete Scott called me to say they opened a restaurant in Santa Ana (he’s friends with the owners) and they were giving free lunches away. A real Dutchman would have gone because it was free but I was just too busy. I guess I’ve been here too long and I am losing my Dutchness.
The new Tacobar in Santa Ana, which is now not new anymore, is one I can definitely recommend for a quick bite. Their prices are very, very reasonable. They don’t serve liquor, only natural drinks and fantastic smoothies. There is now also a new Tcobar in Escazu, across from Saretto’s supermarket.
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Tacos & Burritos
Just like in Jacó Beach, tacos, burritos and sandwiches are the Taco bar’s specialty and also include the all you can eat salad bar. Their menu features mainly Mexican and Mediterranean style food, specializing in a wide variety of taco options with their signature dish, the fish taco. The house specialty is the fish tacos of dorado, snapper, salmon or squid but you can also order beef, chicken or hummus. The menu is very complete with desserts, gourmet coffee and natural drinks. They have a $3 breakfast you should try.
Healthy fast food
I’m not so crazy about the self-service because if you want something else, like coffee and dessert after, you need to go stand in line to order again but is the reason they are able to sell cheap. I am not a fast food guy but the Taco Bar food is very healthy and delicious.
The Nautilus shell
The Taco Bar began their first venture in Jaco Beach in 2007, in the beginning of the Costa Rica real estate boom. Their restaurant has done very well because of the simpleness and the consistent quality of the food. The Jaco beach Taco Bar Restaurant is a funky, open air restaurant that has the surfer beach vibe going for it, including cool swing seats. The construction of the Santa Ana restaurant building is based on a Nautilus shell and has an interesting circular shape that you can see from far. When you drive from the highway to the Red Cross in Santa Ana, you can’t miss it on your right, 3 blocks before you get to the Red Cross.
Next time you are looking for Santa Ana real estate, make sure you tell your realtor to take you for lunch to the Taco Bar. For $30 you’ll have a great lunch for two and you’ll make your realtor happy.
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