If you've had your fill of rice and beans with one choice of protein (the traditional Costa Rican dish) and you find yourself in La Fortuna or Arenal then check out Don Rufino! I ordered the pollo mole and a half chicken smothered in a tangy mole sauce, wrapped in aluminum foil appeared on my plate. It was delicious!
Sit at the inside-outside bar area to get to know the owner, Andres, who also mans the bar alongside a well trained staff. Andres opened the restaurant with his brother and seems to have experience in the restaurant business that is unmatched in the area. He is wealth of knowledge too about the area - so get all the tips you can from this local "hot spot".