If you’ve always dreamed of having a grandmother who cooks traditional recipes to perfection with firewood, you should stop by Coopetortillas in downtown Santa Cruz.
With a wood stove that measures nearly 5 meters (16 feet), about 10 women cook everything from delicious achiote chicken to tasty tortillas.
Sunday is a good day to visit them since they prepare traditional arroz de maiz (a type of soup made with cracked corn) for ¢2,000 (about $3.75). Friday is also a very popular day because they sell tripe (cow’s stomach) soup prepared with shank, corn and vegetables for ¢2,000 ($3.75). These dishes can be served with fresh juice for ¢500 (about 95 cents) extra.
During the week, they also have options of meatball soup, picadillos (chopped vegetable mashes), casado plates with beef or chicken, and everything has that exceptionally rich wood-fired flavor.
You can also go very early for breakfast to enjoy a good pinto (rice and beans) with tortillas, eggs and coffee for ¢2,500 ($4.70). However, you can ask for extra cheese, sour cream and other options to add flavor. For an afternoon coffee break, you can also buy some rosquillas or tanelas (traditional baked goods made from corn flour). A mixed package is ¢1,500 (about $2.80).
5 a.m. a 3 p.m., open every day.
All of the food is cooked over wood and the prices are very economical.
The place’s decor and tables are not the best, but that is understandable since it is a rustic place.