Super Pan in Rio Claro

I just returned from spending a few days in Costa Rica. Most of the time was in a little town, not far from the border with Panama, called Rio Claro. Some of the people that live there describe the town as where they sleep. They get up in the morning and go to other nearby towns to work, but return to Rio Claro to sleep.

The one place in Rio Claro that I like to stop at is called Super Pan. For a small town, this is a very large bakery. I can always find something that will make the visit worthwhile.

Here are a couple cases of pastries.

Here are three cases of breads. All of the breads are white breads, but you will find it filled with cheese or ham or other items. As in Panama, you still won’t fine any of the more exotic breads such as rye or pumpernickel, but by Latin American standards, this is pretty good.

This last case has cakes. As I said earlier, for a small town, this is an outstanding bakery.

I need to stop by a couple of David’s better bakeries so you can get a comparison.

14 thoughts on “Super Pan in Rio Claro

  1. Oh good heavens, why did I become diabetic?

    I’m going down to Hannah’s Barbecue and get some takeout. One of the few places I can recommend in Lenoir, NC.

  2. For the most part, with very few exceptions, I have found the bakeries in Panamá to be really bad. There’s an adequate one in Boquete, but it isn’t, by my standards, anything special.

    I’ll be really waiting for your report, Don, on any good ones in David. We’ve about given up on bread from any source, because after even about 24 hours, it develops an off-taste. I don’t know how much truth there is to it, but we were told when we first came here that bakeries in the area use lard instead of oil in their goods. It does make sense, given the meat industry here. If so, that would account for the off-taste.

    And before talking about Latin America as a whole, I would except Brasil. Even at the airports, the baked goods are better than almost anywhere else I’ve been, including most places I know of in the US. The breads and rolls are out of this world.

  3. Hi Joyce. I have to agree with you. For the most part, bakeries here are nothing to rave about. I have been to a very good one in panama City, but I don’t remember the name. There are only about two that I consider “ok” in David. All of the others are marginal. You just have to get used to what is available or make your own.

  4. Don, if you would be so kind as to pass on the names, I’d be grateful. I don’t want to imply that we’ve made any extensive search of David bakeries–we haven’t–so I’m hoping that you know of ones that we never saw or heard about.

    We’re about agreed that we’re going to get a bread machine–we just haven’t figure out how or when. I want to look at a couple of stores in David such as Arrocha and see if they have bread machines before we go through the headache of getting one here from the States. Do you know of a place we can buy one?

    I’ve been reluctant to do this, simply because I have enough to do as it is and am not thrilled at taking on one more chore. But as the heavy work decreases, I’m more open to it.

  5. One that I like for cakes is Mari Pan and is on the street that runs by IDAAN. I have only bought cakes there and it has been a while since I have been there.

    I also stop in Ely once in a while. They are about as good as it gets in David.

    For making bread, I stick with my mixer to kneed the bread and then just toss it in the oven. I haven’t done that for a while either. I have had a few people complaining that I have gotten lazy and am not baking enough. They are probably right.

  6. Hmm, never thought about a mixer! We have a small hand mixer. Chances of getting a standard one in David are probably much higher than getting a bread mixer.

    Great idea! And we’ll check out Mari Pan as well. We go by IDAAN all the time.

  7. I’m lookong for the picture of super pan (enlarged size) caracter.
    my husband and I were in cost rica in 2008 had a great time.
    I’m planing a suprise birthday party for him on the 19th of april .
    I’m in need of help on this……. Thank you!

  8. Hi, I am from Costa Rica and I use to work for Puratos 8 years ago, When I was a Puratos salesman I knew this little town`s bakery, this is just one more store of the mayor bakery that is in Pérez Zeledón, this one, the principal bakery is just amazing, most more biguer than the Rio Claro store, any way, Super Pan in Rio Claro has this little magic touch…. Super Pan is one of a Kind, I have never been before in a better bakery in our country including all the stores, because they have many more. Congratulation to the staff and the owners, this people make me proud to be from this country. Blesses to Zeledón, thank you for your performance…

    Dennis Carmona

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