I have been relying on taxi drivers mainly for tips on where to dine with some mixed results.
So I am in Costa Rica and ask. The boys get together in a huddle and decide on a restaurant and off I go with one of them. Unfortunately I hit town on the day that Costa Rica is founded so there are marathons and all sorts of things blocking the streets.
We FINALLY get to the restaurant, and I tell the guy to come back in about an hour and a half. He says, nah, I will just wait as the traffic is murder. So, I ask him if he wants to eat with me. He accepts.
I order the ceviche as everyone I talked to on the bus says this is the thing to order in Costa Rica. He orders the seafood soup ... It looks fabulous. It comes with banana ceviche and he order some sort of drink I think is called Cas.
I ask him to show me where the soup is on the menu. He says it is not on the menu. You just have to know. Then he and I start talking about local food. It seems Costa Rica is one of the few places in Central America not hooked on heavily sugared instant coffee. They do not export the good stuff. They drink it at home. He talks about the different times of day they drink and the types they drink. I ask about sugar. He stutters ... of course not, black is perferred for straight drinks.
Anyway, I get loads of other info from him about local eats. I order some seafood soup and plantano ceviche to take back to the motel. Really great stuff.
So much so, that I rearranged my trip back to stay an extra day in San Jose, CR. Great city and he had some other non food stuff that sounds interesting.
So, just throwing it out there as a chowhounding tip. I know people ask cabbies where to eat, but if you take them along, they might really lead you to food they like.