Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
NileGuide Expert tip:
If you've never tried a chimichanga, this is the place to do so.
The Lizard King's Mexican Restaurant in Puerto Viejo is a low-key place to get high-quality Mexican food, and may just be the best fare to be found in town and around. Among all the Mexican standards, the bulging burritos, scrumptious ceviche and sizzling fajitas are standouts, and the chimichanga is exceptionally tasty, too. Daily specials range from American classics like a grass-fed beef cheeseburger with fries to Ecuadorian shrimp guiso. The cozy wood booths and minimal decor make a fine backdrop for colorful plates, which are cooked to order and often include organic produce from the Lizard King's own farm. Unlike many places in Puerto Viejo that pop open to serve tourists during the town's relatively tame "high" season, the Lizard King Mexican Restaurant is a consistently reliable choice among locals and visitors in the know- it is quietly celebrating its 10 year anniversary this year with the debut of chef Ricardo's new salsa, a spicy yet refreshing sauce that now infuses many of his Mexican plates.