The typical restaurants of Costa Rica: The “Sodas”

November 15, 2019

When you visit Costa Rica and you want good local food, you have to eat at a soda.

You haven’t experienced real Costa Rica if you don’t eat at a “soda”. 

“Sodas” are what Costa Ricans call their local restaurants. A Costa Rica soda are normally small open air restaurants that serves only traditional Costa Rican food. It’s the best place to experience eating out like a local.

When you want to fully experience the unique flavors of Central American cuisine, order a Casado which means “Married”, one of the basic dishes of Costa Rica’s culinary scene. The name of the dish is a proper way to describe it, since it is a marriage of a variety of foods piled on a plate.

The origin of the Casado lies in the lunches that wives made and sent to their husbands who worked in the fields. Originally wrapped in a banana leaf, the components of Casado were proteins, vegetables, fruits and starches that would provide a balanced meal to feed a hard day’s work. The men would heat their lunches under the strenuous sun and with a homemade meal at lunchtime.

When you come to visit Costa Rica, be sure to experience this Costa Rican national food. When you look for local places to experience Costa Rican food on your way to your next adventure, you will be rewarded with an authentic cultural encounter.