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“Nice surprise”
Review of Jalapenos Central

Jalapenos Central
Ranked #3 of 203 Restaurants in Alajuela
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $2 - $9
Cuisines: Mexican
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
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
Reviewed December 30, 2013

We just had a wonderful time there. Food is delicious (quesadillas & fajitas) and fresh. Desserts are excellent too. Service is nice and el jeffe of this restaurant very welcoming. Don't hesitate to go. Reasonable prices.

Thank Aury U
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Reviewed December 27, 2013

I love that I can have great food I know and be so close to Vida Tropical B&B. Now they serve beer. And oh so good picante home made. It seems that if Norman is there, it's always like a party. The prices are great , with fresh Tex-Mex food. I always eat here.

Thank lacolinadecarolina
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Reviewed December 23, 2013

The ingredients are fresh and so yummy. The chef knows how to season everything and mixes the dishes perfectly. After our dinner, I wanted to go back for lunch the next day before our flight left. Sadly, we didn't have enough time to try a second meal. The staff was super friendly and got everything right for us. The owner was there and chatted with us several times. He was super cool and gave us some great cultural info on CR along with the amazing meal. It felt like we were sitting in a local place where we were already accepted and part of the gang. We didn't know what to order and both of our meals were so outstanding we figured anything on the menu would have been a good way to go. Don't pass up a meal here if you are anywhere close. It's worth a cab ride from the airport for only a few hours if that's all the time you have.

Thank kkewley
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Reviewed December 22, 2013 via mobile

First off the restaurant itself is a small and well decorated place. The owner was amiable and we could tell an emphasis was placed on customer service which was greatly appreciated.

The food, however, was a different story. Having just eaten at a wonderful Mexican restaurant in Manuel Antonio which had some out of this world tacos and great fish tacos we were expecting the same here. Unfortunately what we got was a plate of chips with a dipping sauce that tasted like cheese whiz for ~$8 (talk about overpriced) and some flavorless empanadas. Though the setting and staff were great, the food needs some serious work before I could ever consider recommending this to anyone else.

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Norman f, Owner at Jalapenos Central, responded to this reviewResponded December 24, 2013

Hello James. I am extremely sorry you left my place feeling so uncomfortable about our food. As always we respond to our negative reviews feeling somewhat embarrassed, and of course apologetic. Our chips are served with a cheddar cheese sauce used mainly for nacho dishes. It is definitely not cheese whiz, and only 1850 colones or $3.73 dollars (496=1 US) not $8 dollars as you write. As for the empanadas I also apologize, because we DO NOT to this day have an empanada item on our menu. I'll gladly email you a copy of our menu to help you clarify your error. Maybe you had something else, or perhaps ate at a different restaurant. James, regardless of the reason for your serious disappointment I offer you my sincere apologies.

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Reviewed December 8, 2013

We visited this restaurant at the beginning and end our trip. The food was great - delicious and good prices. Our server, Ignacio, was great and accommodated some odd requests we had with the menu. The place is busy but also efficient. The owner was great as well and called us a cab at the end of the night - he even explained to the cab driver where we had to go with our poor Spanish! The enchalidas are a must-try!

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Thank LauraBranch2013
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