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Latin Restaurants with Costa Rican Food in Detroit

Updated on November 3, 2011

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Costa Rican meals generally consist of rice and beans, meat or fish, fried plantains and vegetables. Breads are normally made of corn, and dairy products like cheese and cream are rare in Cost Rican food. Because the climate of Costa Rica is tropical, its cuisine features a large variety of tasty fruits and vegetables. Fortunately, you can find the flavors of Costa Rica in Detroit at a smattering of choice restaurants. For some of these restaurants, it helps to know Spanish, but even if you don't, you'll enjoy the food, drinks and ambience

El Guanaco

Located north of the city in Troy, El Guanaco is a new Latin restaurant offering selections from different Latin cuisines. A casual place, El Guanaco has limited seating and is perfect for a grab-and-go lunch. If you want to make your own Costa Rican food at home you can buy a variety of Latin groceries and baked goods from the adjacent shop. In addition to traditional rice, beans and fried meats, El Guanaco offers Costa Rican favorites like Goya Coconut Water.


An upscale restaurant perfect for business meetings or events, Vincente's features fine cuts of beef and pork as well as pan-seared tilapia, scallops, calamari, shrimp and clams. Costa Rican influences appear in fried plantains, cassava, black beans and rice dishes. Additional influences on Vincente's menu include Cuban cuisine and even Spanish dishes like paella.

Pupuseria y Restaurante Salvadoreno

For those who love fried plantains, a Costa Rican staple, Pupuseria y Restaurante Salvadoreno is the place to visit. It helps to know Spanish when you visit this Latin restaurant, but you can get by without it. The fried platanos are served with pureed black beans and crema. All dishes are served with curtido, a cabbage coleslaw made with carrots, jalapenos and tomatoes. Specials are available on Saturday and Sunday and change with the seasons and ingredient availability.

Sangria Tapas Cafe

Located in Royal Oak, Sangria Tapas Cafe features seafood, chicken and steak as well as meal-sized salads. The restaurant isn't open on Mondays, but it's open for lunch and dinner every other day of the week. Its large patio is heated, so you can still enjoy being outside after the sun goes down. The Sky Club, which is located above the restaurant, hosts "Latin Nights" every Wednesday and Thursday nights with dance lessons from 9:00 to 10:00 p.m.


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