El Rincon Tico's Latin Soul Food A Hit
Costa Rican cooking on full display at this little Willy Street eatery
Editor's Note: El Rincón Tico is now closed.
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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