Calle Real, San José, San Rafael, Costa Rica
Saúl BistroSince 1998, Saúl Méndez, a chain of clothing stores, has been branching out into the food world with a series of bistros and cafés it has successfully opened in Guatemala and Costa Rica. One of the most visited branches, in Barrio Escalante, is located in a repurposed old house. Saúl Bistro serves salads, soups, sweet and savory crepes, desserts, and a full line of coffees and juices. The café is a solid choice for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and is popular for afternoon tea, too. Our fave: Saúl’s Central American–style breakfast, featuring gallo pinto (rice and black beans) with eggs and a white-corn tortilla.