A tiny isthmus with a tropical climate, Costa Rica is ideal for growing a diverse selection of vegetables, tubers, and exotic fruits all year long, so it's little wonder that chefs from around the world have started flocking here to open restaurants, many of which are vegetarian. While beans, rice and plantains are staples of a traditional Costa Rican diet, it's the vegetarian places that offer them in the most creative variations such as at Vishnus, in Jose, and at La Botanica Organica and the quaint Veronica's Place on Caribbean coast, each of which serve strictly organic vegetarian fare, with raw, vegan and gluten-free specialties, too. Many restaurants in Costa Rica have ample options for non-meat eaters, and even the roadside sodas can satisfy with a casado sin carne, a typical lunch platter that includes several salads and vegetarian sides, served without the meat that's typically included. The best vegetarian restaurants in Costa Rica reflect cuisines from around the globe. Middle Eastern platters at Lubnan are favorites for vegetarians, and Chimera, nestled in the Monteverde Cloud Forest, boasts a bevy of totally vegetarian appetizers and entrees. Without much effort, vegetarians will be happy as clams dining out in Costa Rica.
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