Casados and gallo pinto are the staple foods at most restaurants in Costa Rica. The only main regional difference is in the Caribbean, where the most common dish is rice, red beans, and chicken or fish, all slow cooked in coconut milk.
There are international resturants that have been started by expats from Italy, Argentina, Israel, America, France, Germany and many other countries that have broadened the horizons of locals and offered alternatives to typical Costa Rican food. It is common to find pizza, hamburgers and even sushi in different parts of Costa Rica, although every town is culinarily different. Some of the most vibrant restaurant scenes are in Jacó, Tamarindo, Mal Pais, San José and Monteverde.
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