Costa Rican Sodas

March 19th, 2013 in Our Travels Worldwide

I remember when we came out here last year to vacation that I thought everyone loved SODA! It was odd because every single little restaurant advertised that they carried SODA. How weird, we thought. We soon learned that “sodas” were the name for just small, inexpensive, local food, family run restaurants. Something to that effect…some are quite popular and I am sure they aren’t all run by families.

They are our favorite food! On my Instagram feed I love to post pictures of my plates when we go to a soda, which is at least once a week. If I had it my way it would be every single day for lunch. They always have rice and beans on the plate. Boy oh boy, how is it that they cook such perfect rice and beans? I told Tyler that is our next goal, to perfect the art of rice and beans. The way the Ticos do it! And then if you eat meat there is usually chicken or beef or fish. Sometimes they have pig or pig intestine, things like that. They they have sides; almost always a macaroni and potato salad. Then lots of times they will have a salad that is carrot based. Other things can be fried yuka, fried plantains, green beans, an onion salad, etc. Sometimes they have a meat rice with more zing to it.

I will peek into the back and watch the women and men cook. Big huge metal pots and pans just simmering away. I can’t image anything is not made from scratch. Because I see it all back there being chopped, boiled, cooked, etc. You go for lunch, not usually dinner. Lunch is when things are really fresh.

There is one thing that happens each time. I scrape the plate clean! Then Tyler and I eye the  kids’ plates to see who is going to get their leftovers. We top it off with a huge cup of fresh juice.

I tell people who email me about visiting that they need to eat like this. Ask the locals what the best sodas are the area. And then get some fresh sushi from a nicer looking place. The End. You will be well fed on your trip! 

4 Responses to “Costa Rican Sodas”

  • Sharon
    March 19th, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    I loved this place – the food was so good. Maybe that is why “Soda Row” in Daybreak has the name soda! – For small local restaurants. And the potatoes and beef were sooo good!

  • Emily
    March 19th, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Eat an extra helping for me, okay?

  • Von
    March 20th, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    This is my type of eating out. Love the small places like this.

  • Joe Loomer
    January 27th, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    My girlfriend and I are considering relocating to Costa Rica in the next several years, and she found your blog and sent it to me. I lived there as a child back in the 70′s, and this post threw me all the way back! I loved the rice and beans, and had forgotten about my particular predilection for fried plantains!

    Navy Chief, Navy Pride

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