A string of típico Costa Rican restaurants lines this road, but the "Delights of My Land" is our favorite. Tasty and traditional Tico favorites are served here: pozol (corn-and-pork soup), casado campesino (stewed beef with rice, beans, corn, potatoes, and plantains), and chorreada con natilla (a corn-bread pancake with sour cream). Long wooden tables and benches are surrounded by cane walls, decorative oxcart wheels, dried gourds, and tropical plants—the kind of theme that's trying so hard to be traditional that it's anything but. Ordering a few entraditas (appetizers) is a good way to sample dishes, as is the parrillada de campo (country barbecue), a platter with grilled chicken, beef, pork, rice, beans, fried plantains, and salad, or the larger fiesta de gallos, a mixed platter of corn tortillas with various fillings. There are also cheap but hearty breakfasts. Get here early for dinner, as closing time is 7 pm.
1½ km (1 mile) west of the Barrio San José church, Alajuela, 20103, Costa Rica