To my knowledge, there’s only one Costa Rican restaurant in town. Known as Olga’s Place, it is nearly hidden, tucked away on a side street downtown.
For the lunch rush, those living locally or those working construction in the area tend to flock to the bar for a drink and a quick bite on their break.
The vibe inside told that Olga’s gets much more popular at night, and serves as a night-club and karaoke destination for locals.
There were several pages of menu to peruse, but I aimed straight for the “typical dishes of Costa Rican” page.
I opted for the “casado”, known as the national plate of Costa Rica and a lunch staple there. The dish name casado translating to “married man,” referring to when wives would pack their husband’s lunch before a long day of work.
The dish was made up of a well seasoned steak with caramelized onions and an egg on top. On the sides were fried plantains, rice, beans, a corn salsa, as well as a pink beet potato salad.
Everything was so packed with flavor, and paired well with one another. I was almost brought to tears just from the taste of the onions and steak alone.
The casado was an extremely hearty dish and rich with flavor, and I’d gladly return again for some of their other Costa Rican specialties.