One of the best things about traveling is trying the different flavors of the local dishes. Costa Rica’s cuisine just as most of the traditional cuisine of the rest of Central America, is based on rice, beans, chicken, pork and beef.
There are no breakfast, lunch or dinner dishes, they can all be eaten at any given time of the day.
Traditional dishes of Costa Rica
First there is Gallo Pinto; this is Costa Rica’s most traditional dish. You will find it in every home and in most restaurants. It consists of rice mixed with beans, scrambled eggs, fried plantains and sour cream.
Then there is Casado. It is very similar to gallo pinto, the main differences are that casado is served with meat or fish and that the rice and the beans are separate, not mixed. It is normally served with corn tortillas.
The traditional way to eat Costa Rican Food
The Costa Rican version of local eateries are Sodas. This is where you get the authentic traditional dishes. In these places you get a huge, healthy and tasty meal for around $5
I highly recommend visiting these before hitting the bigger and fancier restaurants. I bet you will be pleasantly surprised.