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James Siler
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This tiny soda sits at the north end of a bunch of sodas a few kilometers north of that ubiquitous tourist dive Mi Rancho, If you want to try typical Costa Rican food that doesn't make you say "so what?", this is the place. It's a clean, tidy, and above all else cheerful place tended by six or so Ticas who work behind the counter and on the floor. Although it is on the tourist route to Arenal the clientele are almost exclusively Tico and local. I was told about Soda Diana by a gringa friend, but I have never seen another gringo there. The food is the normal Costa Rican soda fare, but raised to a very high level. My first meal there consisted of gallo pinto, fried sweet plantains, tongue in salsa, and lovely cafe con leche. The bill was 2,200 colones, or a hair over four dollars. The casado with pork chop, many sides, and passion fruit in water ran 3,500 and I could barely finish it. They change up dishes on a daily basis, so you need not eat the same meal twice in a row. I almost forgot that the tortillas are made fresh on the spot to meet demand, patted out by hand and cooked on a hot pan before your eyes, by a woman who works with incredible efficiency while maintaining a steady banter with her fellow workers and customers alike. Sadly, this place has meant the almost complete cessation of my cooking at home.
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