The new bar-restaurant La Bandida, located in Santa Marta, after the Rasta bridge, has now opened its doors. This new dining option, owned by Luis Padilla and Mauricio Jimenez, boasts that they offer as a specialty the same style of chop suey and fried rice (3500 colones—about $7— for a full portion) as the well-known Chinese restaurants in Costa Rica.
The menu also includes items such as fried chicken, burgers, arroz con pollo, rice with shrimp, beef skewers, chifrijo and ceviche.
La Bandida wants to offer a space for distraction and entertainment, so Padilla says they plan to host cowboy nights and line up live music. Also, as another incentive offered by La Bandida, Padilla says that with each beer (1,000 colones, which is about $2), they throw in an appetizer from the menu such as olla de carne (beef soup), beans or chicharron (pork rinds).
La Bandida it is open Monday through Thursday from 3 p.m. onwards, and on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting at 11 a.m.