you will be back
Posted on 01 / 15 / 2012
Don't get overwhelmed by the crowds, noise, and aggressive friendliness of Pura Vida, you're in good hands.
Family-run, I think, at least that's the feel one gets upon arrival, you are better off coming earlier in the evening than later as it can get very crowded.
For quicker seating and more enjoyment, make friends with the waiting crowd. The more parties can be seated at the same time, the happier the staff is, and the sooner you'll be eating.
The bread, quite obviously baked on site, in sinfully delicious. An entire loaf appears on a cutting board and you will be making your way through it quickly, declaring yourself full by the time there are nothing but crumbs.
At this point, if you're smart you had ordered an empanada, in my case choclo (sweet corn) and all of a sudden, you discover space previously hidden in your stomach for this treat.
As a vegetarian, Pura Vida offers many, many options. All of them are delicious, but they are not all necessarily on the healthy side. You will have to opt for tastebuds over waistline just this once--well, twice, maybe three times, as you'll be back to sample the rest of the menu, and everyone there will remember you upon your return.
amazing bread, friendly staff, warm atmosphere
wait can be very long, food not necessarily on the healthy side, end of the main drag