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“Great place to feel like you are at home..” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Jalapenos Central

Jalapenos Central
50 Mts South of Post Office, Alajuela, Costa Rica
+506 2430 4027
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Ranked #1 of 84 Restaurants in Alajuela
Price range: $2 - $9
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night
Description: Open 7 days a week. Mon- sat 11:30-9:00 pm Sun 11:30-8:00 pm Accept credit cards except American express
Santa Ana, Costa Rica
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126 reviews 126 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
“Great place to feel like you are at home..”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

Not sure if it is Norman or the food, but this place has charm and the taste of the food is excellent... Tex mex, maybe, but still good chow and a different taste of Costa Rica.. Fun and relaxing if you are open to chat with people and the owner... Recommended for friendly people who want a good meal and to enjoy the company... Not a 5 star restaurant, but a 10 star place to go..

Visited March 2012
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Del Valle, Texas
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Quite tasty”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

The place was pretty much empty, because it wasn't really dinner time, and it was also the opposite of tourist season. I was mildly concerned about this, but the food was still pretty good. The server was also pleasant, and there was free wifi.

Pretty sure the peppers hanging in the windows aren't actually jalapenos, though.

Visited October 2012
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Belgium, Wisconsin
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36 reviews 36 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“This place sings, literally!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

Jalapeno Central is a small Mexican restaurant with pretty good food. The best part was when the servers and cooks broke out into song. Fun little establishment. Good place for a family with kids.

Visited June 2012
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Alajuela, Costa Rica
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“It´s alright but nothing special.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

I guess you can make about anything here in Costa Rica and call it Mexican food. No one seems to know the difference.

I have never had real and delicious Mexican food meal en Costa Rica. If you want good Mexican food served in a clean restaurant - Go to Texas. Oh I miss enchiladas... Spanish rice... and I miss those great tamales wrapped in cornhusks!!! NOT banana leafs¡¡¡ (That’s right... down here they wrap tamales in banana leafs and they don’t hardly put any meat in them, just a sliver or two and a piece or two of potato and carrot. Who wants tamales with hardly any meat and then potato and carrot in it??? I don’t... and Mexicans don’t either!). Never seen anyone selling real Mexican tamales here in Costa Rica. It is very hard to get a good meal in Costa Rica but this place is better than many others in city-center Alajuela. I believe all other posts about the hospitality of the owner/personnel are correct.

You might have read another post about tough meat... Mine I ate here was tough too... but that is the nature of the serious bad quality of meat sold here Costa Rica. Good food is and good service is very hard to find.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Alajuela spice”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

We went here at the beginning and end of our trip for the Tortilla soup! It is fantastic. The magarita's are a descent price and tasty. The burritos were okay. Location is good since it is center city. Service was average on both trips which seems to be pretty typical of Costa Rica.

  • Visited October 2012
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    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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