Gallo pinto — literally ‘spotted rooster’ in Spanish — is simply a Central American way to say rice and beans. This staple is prepared across Latin America, but in Nicaragua and Costa Rica, the battle over where it originated and who makes it best is especially contentious. A Costa Rican, a Nicaraguan, and a neutral taster were blindfolded and took a spoonful or two of gallo pinto coming from Yelp’s top rated restaurants in New York City: Costa Rican Brooklyn Surf Bar and Nicaraguan A Casa Fox.