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Monterrico is full of restaurants and comedores but many have little to differentiate themselves. See individual reviews for the ones that do. There are also several respected Italian restaurants - at Hotel Dos Mundos (the priciest), Hotel Dulce y Salado, Hotel Pez de Oro and Hotel El Mangle.

Eating out can be a tad more expensive here than at other tourist hotspots, especially if you stick to the hotel restaurants. For prices, generally expect to pay between $2.50 and $6 for breakfasts, snacks and sandwiches while main meals cost between $4 and $15. During the weekend, street stalls set up at the corner of Calle Principal and Calle des Hoteles, selling chicken and chips or meat, salad and tortillas for $1.50 to $3. A hot dog stand is open most nights at the start of Calle des Hoteles.

On weekdays, nearly all restaurants (including hotel ones) close by 8 p.m. and at the weekend, it’s by 9 p.m. or sometimes 10 p.m. If you find you’ve missed the boat, Johnny’s Place is always open till 10 p.m. Most restaurants open between 6.30 a.m. and 8 a.m. for breakfast. During low season, restaurants sometimes close at random times as they feel like it.

A standard Monterrico menu is fried fish or fish a la plancha (steamed or grilled), camarones (shrimps), fried chicken, pastas, soups, burgers, salads, ceviche (seafood or fish cooked in lime) and caldo de mariscos (seafood stew). Meals usually come with chips or rice, salad and tortillas. Vegetarians will find they are often limited to salad, pasta or a sandwich.

This close to the ocean, seafood is naturally popular. Commonly served fishes are sierra (meaty, few bones), mojarra (very boney and not so tasty) or dorado (otherwise known as mahi-mahi or dolphin fish and excellent for eating). Check what fish it is before ordering because it could make a big difference to your enjoyment of it. Sierra or mojarra are served whole.

Some places offer shark. Sharks are a misunderstood and essential predator in the ocean. They reproduce slowly and should not be eaten any more than a turtle, ray, dolphin or whale should. Lamentably, they are yet to be offered the same levels of protection.

A quick fish tip - to get rid of that fishy smell on your hands after eating, ask for a lime (or save a half during the meal), smear the juice all over your fingers and then either rinse off with water or wipe it off with napkins.

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Monterrico: When To Go, Conscientious Turtle Behavior, Services, Nightlife Etiquette For Women, Accomodation Summary, Safety and Nightlife Summary.

By Kathryn
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08 Feb 2010

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