For the best value in dining options in Costa Rica, budget savvy travelers and foodies alike head to the Caribbean coast, where some of the country's freshest - and some would say best- food may be found. Inspired chefs have started to flock to Puerto Viejo de Limon, but that hasn't turned it into a tourist trap- instead, you can sit down to a satisfying meal made with organic ingredients grown right around the bend, or even in the front yard. Start the day at Pan Pay, where you'll enjoy a view of the beach while lingering over generous plates of eggs and gallo pinto; then take away fresh baked baguette and pastries- all for a few thousand colones (about $6). Seek out Soda Lidia a few streets inland for authentic Caribbean cuisine; Miss Lidia's casados served are infused with a rich flavor that has made this place a local favorite. The Lizard King Cafe dishes out generously heaped delicious plates full of local organic flavor that may be worth more than their weight in gold. Burgers comes with 2 x 1 beverages, and you get to enjoy a meal in the Lizard King's breezy cafe, a few steps from the legendary Salsa Brava beach.
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