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“Norman from Queens” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Jalapenos Central

Jalapenos Central
Ranked #1 of 177 Restaurants in Alajuela
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $2 - $9
Cuisines: Mexican, Latin
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Restaurant details
Good for: Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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
Cape Elizabeth, Maine
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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“Norman from Queens”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2014

This small restaurant is basically open air. It's in the center of Alajuela. The menu is typical Tex-Mex and our choices of Fahitas and Burritos were very good, not to mention the Margueritas. The host, Norman, was a delightful piece of work.

Visited February 2014
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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“Great, American style Mexican food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2014 via mobile

We are here last night and had a great meal. The staff is super friendly and funny. The burrito was amazing. Be aware that it's really American style, not very typical Mexican food that you'll find here, but delicious nevertheless!

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Heredia, Costa Rica
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111 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
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“Always a Pleasure - Jalapeños”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2014

Recently met friends here and we enjoyed a delicious feast. I enjoyed the flavors and freshness so very much. Great food, great service, clean and very enjoyable. Thanks to Norman and staff for keeping up the excellent work!

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Ottawa, Canada
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147 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
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“Jalapeno's offers great food in a no-stress, family friendly environment”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2014

When you are travelling with kids it is always helpful to know of a few "sure bet" places to eat, sleep, or hang out. Travel is stressful, and taking a break from interpreting menus and figuring out whether you have just accidentally ordered the baked armadillo is sometimes necessary. Jalapeno's Central in Alajuela is exactly this sort of place. The food is familiar to anyone who has ever eaten in a Tex-Mex restaurant. Portions are ample, service is friendly and fast, and the food tastes great. Cold beers are sold. There is nothing bad to be said. English is spoken and also on the menus if you are concerned that your Spanish isn't up to par. If you are planning to be in Alajuela overnight, put Jalapeno's on your list of places to eat. It isn't a culinary adventure, but sometimes a little "same same" is just what you need.

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Grecia, Costa Rica
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25 reviews
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“Best Mexican Food in Costa Rica”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2014

Like so many times, we had a great meal today again. It is always good to see you and eat at the Jalapenos Central even if it is a 45 minute drive for us.

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