Tuck into a stack of "Health Nut" pancakes at the Lizard King Resort in Puerto Viejo de Limon while ensconced in a cozy corner booth of the open window cafe and you'll wish you never had to go home. The comfort food served here is created with organic ingredients like the fresh papaya atop the pancakes and perfectly fried platanos served with homemade bread. Even the beef for the the gourmet burgers is ground by hand at this modern homestyle restaurant. A few doors down, the Italian family of Amimodo has been cooking up their family recipes at their ocean front restaurant, and it's a longstanding favorite for Italian comfort food near the center of town. At Veronica's Place, vegetarians get the royal treatment and the breezy upstairs dining room can easily accommodate family dinners. Across the country in Puerto Jimenez, Il Giardino's family recipes are the secret to this cozy restaurant's success, and in Turrialba, Restaurante Don Porfi extends unparalleled hospitality alongside its menu rich in comfort food. In San Jose, Doris Metropolitan's humanely treated and pineapple fed cows make delectable steaks, nicely complemented by homemade loaves of sourdough bread. But for just about any occasion, there's La Criollita, the original family style restaurant in the heart of San Jose.
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