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I did not expect to have the best gallo pinto of my life in an unpretentious old San José bar that’s open 24 hours a day, but it happened. And now, at various hours, I make regular stops at Chelles for their incredible take on the famous dish of beans and rice. Here, it’s heavy on the garlic and onions, and add-ons include buttery eggs and slow-cooked beef.

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I did not expect to have the best gallo pinto of my life in an unpretentious old San José bar that’s open 24 hours a day, but it happened. And now, at various hours, I make regular stops at Chelles for their incredible take on the famous dish of beans and rice. Here, it’s heavy on the garlic and onions, and add-ons include buttery eggs and slow-cooked beef.