Traditional Costa Rican Food
Costa Rican cuisine is known for being tasty, yet fairly mild, with high reliance on fresh fruits and vegetables.
Most dishes include fried rice and beans which is then supplemented with other ingredients like chicken or fish. This combo is popular morning, noon and night and most Costa Ricans kick start their day with a bowl of Gallo Pinto Gallo Pinto is fried rice and black beans and is a healthy and wholesome option, especially for those travellers who need to keep their energy up! At lunch time the most traditional food is Casado, which adds tomato salad, plantain, cabbage and meat to the staple ingredients of rice and beans. Costa Rica's beaches and coastal towns are especially good for fresh seafood. Seabass (Corvado), Red Snapper (Pargo) and Dorado (Mahimahi) are nearly always found and are very tasty.
Fried Yuca and Plantain make yummy snacks and are pretty much the only vegetables which feature in Costa Rican cuisine. Fruit is delicious and in abundance, especially tropical delights like mangoes, passion fruits and papaya which can be eaten raw or in fresh fruit juices. Make sure you sample a few Bocas as well. These tasty appetizers range from tamales to little sandwiches, cerviche (raw seafood soup) to gallos (tortillas stuffed with meat or beans). In some places they come free with your drink, whereas in others you may have to pay a small amount, but it's well worth it.
Costa Rica has a wide selection of restaurants and cafés which cook up traditional and world dishes. In San José city, Costa Rica's capital, there are also an exceptionally large number of international eateries.
Whatever your taste, the beauty of Costa Rica is there is something for everyone, so get munching and enjoy!