El Rincon Tico's Latin Soul Food A Hit
Costa Rican cooking on full display at this little Willy Street eatery
Get ready for more Mango Man! Also known as Thony Clarke, this downtown food cart ownerintroduced Madison to the joy of Costa Rican cooking a decade ago. Café Costa Rica on Butler Street followed, and now a second restaurant, El Rincón Tico, has opened on Willy Street. A “tico” is a native Costa Rican, and a “rincón,” “a little place to be.” This native Costa Rican’s newest place has more seating and an expanded menu. Clarke calls his cooking Latin soul food: curried chicken, roast pork, tico tacos, plantains, beans and rice. Its roots are Latin, Caribbean and African and as pleasingly funky as its new ’hood.
PHOTO: (Clockwise from left) The tico fish fry features fried tilapia, yucca fries, coconut curried fried rice and a side salad with lime dressing; nibble on a plate of sweet plantains with sauce; the open-faced papusa has a fresh cornmeal tortilla topped with cheese, lettuce, tomato, cilantro, chicken and a sweet dressing.
El Rincón Tico
1133 Williamson St.
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