University of Wisconsin

Café Costa Rica

Café Costa Rica

For years, Thony “The Mango Man” ran a food cart around Capitol Square and the UW campus serving Pantacones (fried green plantains with spiced beans) and Caribbean tacos. These, and much more, can now be had at the tiny Café Costa Rica, located downstairs next to the entrance of the Madison Hostel. The Mango Man himself can almost always be found in the kitchen or talking to the guests as they enjoy his handmade empanadas, slow roasted pork, or sautéed Tilapia, all with special Mango Man Salsas and Tico flavors. With no more than 5 tables inside and a few out on the deck and sidewalk, reservations are highly recommended. But if the weather permits, standing outside with your Mojito or Dark & Stormy while you wait for a table isn’t so bad.

Area: Downtown Madison
141 South Butler Street
Madison, WI 53704
Phone: (608) 256-9830
Website
Hours: Tues-Sat, 4pm-10:30pm