First, I want to start off by sharing that it is not easy to find a restaurant in Costa Rica that serves fresh, wholesome, delicious food at a low cost. Good food comes with a very high price in Costa Rica… which is why we rarely eat out. If you want a cheap meal… go to a “soda” where you can get beans, rice, meat, fried plaintain & potato salad for less than $6 a person but it is usually cooked with margarine, MSG and refined oils. Not worth it.
But for $5 a person, this place is totally worth it…
Bread & Chocolate is a deliciously relaxing place that serves fresh, local, organic food at low prices. They really live up to their name perfectly… this place is dripping with the freshest ingredients of bread and chocolate… plus a fantastic breakfast menu using local, free-ranged, organic eggs.
Literally, everything is made from scratch using local and organic ingredients as much as possible… whole wheat bread made daily, locally made raw ice cream, homemade strawberry sauce, locally grown organic coffee and homemade chocolate sauce using local cacao, handmade truffles & peanut butter cups (to die for!!) and it continues all the way down to the mayo! They even confessed on their menu that they are pretty much obsessed with using the freshest ingredients possible and making everything from scratch. That is something to be proud of… I love that kind of obsession!
One big obsession they have is their brownies… I’m not joking… they have the best brownies in town. I used (remember, past tense…) to love TGI Friday’s Brownie Obsession, but now I am obsessed with Bread & Chocolate’s brownies! You can taste the love and all the real food ingredients… especially the chocolate & butter in these moist, rich squares.
You can get walnut or mint… I loved the walnut, but you can see that the mint is the favorite. The mint was a little too strong for me, but my hubby loved it. They both were delicious… so get both!
Here’s the wonderful feast that we had. We were so full yet felt great afterwards! Shows that real food gives the real fuel to your body needs to feel great.
My hubby ordered a fantastic breakfast of roasted herb potatoes, homemade biscuit topped with scrambled eggs & homemade mayo with a side of avocados. The biscuit was flaky, delicious and… made with butter. The roasted potatoes were perfect… soft flesh, crispy skin & tossed with herbs, sweet pepper and more butter. Of course, can’t skip the eggs… they were soft & delicious. The mayo had a great golden color (egg yolks) and the flavor was so smooth & rich!
While we were hanging out and finishing off the fantastic meal we had a great chat with the owner of the place, Tom Franklin, and asked how he got this place going. Tom first came down to Puerto Viejo from Maryland for a change of pace and bought Bread & Chocolate from a young couple who wanted to move back to the states. Since then the focus has remained the same because he loved what they started. Tom has been successfully running this awesome place for over 4 years now! Please stop by and tell Tom how you found out about Bread & Chocolate.
This is part of Real Food Wednesday hosted at Cheeseslave!
Divina Pe says
Everything looks good on the menu. Simple, humble and honest food. Now, I want to visit that place and have some brownies. 🙂
Oooh, those waffles and french toast look amazing. I love finding a special place–thanks for sharing yours
Kelly Parr says
Oh MY!!! Everything looked so fresh and wholesome… and YES.. I want t brownie too!
JennDZ - The Leftover Queen says
Yummy!! That milkshake has my name all over it!
i went to bread and chocolate in 2008 and absolutely loved it! i had their cinnamon oatmeal pancakes with honey. i wish i could go back and eat their delicious food again.
Marillyn Beard says
Thanks everybody! Yeah, this place was so good! Loved the feel and Tom (the owner) did a great job.
Marillyn Beard says
hannah – I thought about getting the cinnamon oatmeal pancake, but decided the french toast. Everything is still the same since you’ve been there… awesome food and great people :o)