Freddo Fresas



I do not know about you, but one of our favorite foods has always been breakfast, it’s the perfect opportunity to unleash all your cravings and start the day with an excellent meal.

With this idea in mind we got out of bed earlier than usual on a weekend and took a car ride to the restaurant of Mr. Freddo, almost an icon in the Poas community, the famous restaurant Freddo Fresas.

We must be honest with you, is not the first time we visited this place, on the contrary, we have been fans of the food here since the ice age hahaha, no, not for so long, but we have been coming here for years whenever we can.

The Freddo Fresas Restaurant is located in Alajuela, Costa Rica on the way to the Poas Volcano National Park, more specifically in the beautiful town of Fraijanes.

They started with a small place and now they are one of the largest and busiest restaurants in the area and it’s no wonder, the service received and the quality of the food, makes you want to come back whenever you are near and even when you only have a craving for good Costa Rican food.

I think the atmosphere of the town, and the cold weather felt almost all year long, serves as the perfect prelude for a good meal, and believe us, you will not be disappointed.

In Freddo Fresas Restaurant they specialize in authentic Costa Rican food. There you can find everything from a good Gallo Pinto, like the one we are going to tell you about, and other traditional dishes such as lengua en salsa, casados, pozol, etc. Everything cooked in a firewood kitchen as it was done back in the day, which brings up amazing flavors, but it also provides an air of nostalgia for those times so many decades ago.

But hey, let's get on to what we really came here for, the food!

As we were saying, we went to this place for just breakfast, we left San Jose and drove all the way there, which usually takes around 1 hour or so, so yeah you can call us real foodies.

Upon reaching the restaurant we were greeted in the parking area, which is usually the street, by one of the friendliest "guachis" (which is what we call in Costa Rica a local person that oversees your car in a non-so traditional parking lot) we've seen in our lifes, it definitely shows that he loves to receive people and talk to them while they jump out of their cars.

The restaurant is quite big, so there should be no problem getting a table, but if you get there during lunch time, you might have to wait a few minutes.

We were seated, and attended by one of the many waiters, who kindly gave us the menu and at once offered us a strawberry juice made by the one and only Mr. Freddo the owner.

As good “ticos” we appreciate the “Gallo Pinto”, made with lots of love and care. So we ordered a plate of “Gallo Pinto” (this is a typical breakfast food, made of rice, beans and you can add things such as onions, red bell peppers, cilantro etc.).

The typical breakfast with Gallo Pinto comes with, besides the "pinto", sweet plantains, eggs to taste, a slice of cheese, toasts and the famous and always delicious “salchichon” (a type of Costa Rican sausage). All this accompanied with the inevitable cup of Costa Rican coffee.

I must say this is one of the best "pintos" we’ve tried, we like that it’s consistency is loose and not sticky and full of flavor without going overboard with the onions and red bell peppers.

The eggs were just how I asked for, runny yolk side up eggs, amazing!

Seated there I realized we had one of the tables that I had always wanted to sit whenever we went there and it’s a table that faces a little room where they make “Chorreadas” (a mixture of corn made into a tortilla) and tortillas, and yeah they have just a room to make these amazing treats.

We are not the biggest fan of “Chorreadas”, but to be honest, just to see how they make them and how  delicious they smell, you just want to grab one and eat it.

Please visit this restaurant for either breakfast, lunch or just to have a cup of coffee with their tasty strawberry desserts in the afternoon, this is a Costa Rican gastronomic experience that we think no one should miss.

So, if you happen to be visiting the area or have plans to visit the Poas Volcano National Park, make sure you make a pit stop in this restaurant to eat some great Costa Rican food.

Let us know what you think of the place and what was your favorite dish!


Please find below all the information needed in case you wanto to visit them:

Restaurante Freddo Fresas

200 meters north from the Fraijanes Cemetery, on the main road to the Poas Volcano - Alajuela, Costa Rica

Open from Monday - Sunday from 7:00am to 4:00pm

Phone: +506 2482-2800

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