Gallo pinto in Heredia, Costa Rica

Costa Rica Intercultura Cup (2) 081

For friendly service and generous portions of local Tico fare drop by the family-owned El Kioskito del Chicharron, on Avenida 6, Calle 8/10, a lively street-front restaurant. Their sign, broken under the shingles, shows a smiling porky Pig stirring a vat of the famous chicharron ($2-5) twice fried pork rinds.  Gallo pinto ($2-4), both the Nicaraguan and Costa Rican national dish, is spiced rice and beans served with eggs your way or sour cream. The plate of the day ($2-4) includes rice, beans, salad, chicken or steak with fried onions and fresh juice.  The ambience is warmed by Babe Ruth look-a-like Pablito (little Pablo), the manager of both restaurant and spirited conversation with security guards, policemen, bus drivers, teachers and students. Occupancy is limited to three wooden tables and a counter, so you’re most likely to make friends. Though there are normally daily newspapers lying around, the service is faster than the flies. Hours: Mon. -Sat. 8 A.M. -6 P.M. or when laid-back Tico time dictates.

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