Sodas aren't about soda, but rather good, cheap Costa Rican fare

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'Sodas,' Swell for Budget Travellers

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The most common eateries of all throughout the entire country are called sodas. Yes, fizzy soft drinks are sold here, but it's really all about good, solid local fare at very popular prices (as in a meal often costs no more than £5/7USD). That fare includes the likes of rice, beans, plantains, beef, chicken, corn tortillas, and pico de gallo, usually accompanied by fruit juices and shakes, and perhaps cold beer. One of the best known of San José's many sodas is La Embajada on Calle 1 at Avenida 1, where specialities include the house arroz con pollo (chicken and rice).

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