Restaurant El Alambique: Beach Cafe...
It wasn't too bad. First day i had a green salad and something forgetable. Second day I had the local P.R. Specialty.. Mofongos. It seemed pretty cool, but I was in such a hurry I couldn't really enjoy it. Service wasn't great. It's not a Fancy Beach Side Bar and Cafe. (Nor should it be! It's a proper Tres Casual Beach Bar!) Mr Bigg always ordered food that was better than what I ordered! His Octopus Salads were really good!
Favorite Dish: Pina Colada's rocked. And you can get them in plastic and walk across the beach and give them to a sunbathing Hexe! Well, at least my FAVORITE BEACH BOY Mr Bigg would do this for me. I could dig the life of Princess Hexe! ; )
RUTH'S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE: Steak and Ambiance
I should start off by saying we went to Outback at the Embassy Suites first. I don't eat much red meat; steaks even less, but I could tell Mr Bigg wanted it and I'm flexible if not easy. So I figured the red meat was good protein... Him not really knowing the difference between the family oriented themed restaurant OUTBACK and the pricier/sophisticated Ruth's Chris -- well, it was funny to see his reaction. We got to Outback, and within 15 minutes, we were OUT OF OUTBACK... I told him Ruth's Chris is RELIABLE, CONSISTANT, if not PRICEY. Ruth's Chris it was. NICE ambiance, subdued sophistication... and great service. Food is always fresh, well prepared and presented. Can't go wrong with RUTH'S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE whereever you are. VERY consistant...
Favorite Dish: I had the porterhouse, since Prime Rib is mostly what I enjoy meat-wise. Mr Bigg had Lamb chops which were REALLY good . We split a Shrimp appetizer and had a nice Cab wine.
Momoyama: Japanese Steak House
Very nice. Very Benihana-ish/Kobe Steak House like... It has the THEATRICS of a guy that can throw knives, break eggs, be corny but funny and make fried rice for 12 people in one sitting. It's a Hotel Restuarant, (Hotel Intercontinental) and it was in a great location. Walking distance from our 1 bedroom condo.
Favorite Dish: I had grilled shrimp. Can't screw that up too much, ya?
Dragon Fly, Pikayo, Casa Dante, Tepe a Tepe, etc.: Tips from a Local - San Juan unique restaurants
Great atmosphere and food:
Dragon Fly (Latin-Asian Old San Juan. Does not take reservations)
Pikayo (pricey but great. At the PR Museum of Art in Santurce)
Tepe a Tepe (relaxed, great sandwiches, live music on weekends. In an old house in Miramar)
Pamela's (pricey, but you can have a table on the sand with a great view. At Numero Uno Inn in Ocean Park)
Cobia (pricey, great seafood, view of the lagoon. At Wyndham Condado Plaza)
Baru (great Latin food and atmosphere on San Sebastian Street)
El Picoteo (tapas in the inner courtyard of a convent turned hotel in Old San Juan) in El Convento Hotel
Zabo (great appetizers in an old house) on Ashford Avenue in Condado
Good value and great food:
Casa Dante (PR food) on Isla Verde Avenue
Das Pastelhaus (try the cream pizza) on Isla Verde Avenue
Marisqueria Atlantica (Spanish seafood) on Isla Verde Avenue
Miro (Catalonian seafood) on Condado Avenue
I could go on and on...
Favorite Dish: PR food (mofongo, seafood)
Dragon Fly (Peking Duck nachos and desserts)
Baru (shrimp with yuca mofongo)
Tepe a Tepe (Unforgettably Turkey on pretzel bread)
Zabo (lobster and apio pancakes)
Das Pastelhaus (Festival cream pizza)Related to:
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Dinghy Dock: Dinghy Dock in Culebra is a...
Dinghy Dock in Culebra is a dockside cafe open for breakfast lunch & dinner.
The place is very casual and right on the water. Boats pull up alongside your table.
Favorite Dish: We only had breakfast here - the omlettes are great!
Anything serving "comida criolla": Puerto Rican food - delicious!
When you're in Puerto Rico, eat NOTHING but Puerto Rican food! It is delicious! Look for restaurants that serve "comida criolla". While not the healthiest food in the world, nor very good if you're a vegetarian, it is some of the most flavorful food I have ever had. Rice and chicken (arroz con pollo) are the staples, often combined with gandules or habichuelas (red beans). It is not hot like Mexican food, very different. Pasteles are amazing, but they are difficult to find except around Christmas time, made from mashed plantains and pork or beef. Yum! Plantains are sort of like the Caribbean cousin to the banana, and besides their use in pasteles, they are used in tostones (like large potato chips, but made with plantains, or "plantanos" en espanol), and plantanos maduros as a dessert, which is fried ripe plantains. Yuca is a deliciously flavored potato with garlic, churrasco con cebollas is a very flavorful skirt steak with onions, and tres leches is my favorite dessert, a very moist cake made with three types of milk. Flan, a custard in vanilla (vainilla), cheese (queso), and coconut (coco) flavors, is another great Puerto Rican dessert. You have to finish all meals off (after dessert) with some cafe con leche, Puerto Rican coffee made with boiled milk instead of water. As far as drinks, Puerto Rico is of course famous for the Pina Colada, and Puerto Rican rum is some of the best in the world (try Don Q rum, it's better than Bacardi).
Also look for roadside stands selling coco frio or the Taino Indian version of beer, Mavi!Related to:
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MORTON'S OF CHICAGO at Caribe Hilton, San Juan: Good food, good time
Well, I was here cuz a friend of mine bought me dinner (thanx Jean-Claude!)
Favorite Dish: Premier steakhouse serving prime aged grain fed beef, fresh seafood and award winning wine list.
Try the traditional Puerto Rican dessert!Related to:
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Good Fast Food
Ok so what's the diference right?? This is good!!! This is home made. yeah!!!! more difficult to find, and you don't usually use it for a full meal, but it can trick your stomach. Try to look for little tents (to say something) you can get slice of pizza or more local food, like empanadillas, for example. Look for them on highways or curvy roads preferably.
They are everywhere!!! And you'll mostly see them all together, in a bunch. Those greasy places like Mac Donalds, Burger King, Kentucky Fried Chicken, bla bla bla. However, within this bunch you can find a couple of places that are ok. Ponderosa or Bonanza. You can eat and drink lots of stuff by a good price. So if you get in here, try to be hungry!!!
Favorite Dish: Charboiled chicken!!! great!!!
There’s a wonderful choice of...
There’s a wonderful choice of Puerto Rican (creole), American (fast food), Italian,…restaurants in the Condado area. A creole meal (puerto rican)usually consisted of rice, beans, fish and baked plantains (a kind of banana). The plantains were very tasty! You could also order french fries, salad, chicken or meat. It's much cheaper than the fast food restaurants.
(The hotels an guesthouses have plenty of info about restaurants and nightlife.)
Amadeus, in Old San Juan. ...
Amadeus, in Old San Juan. This place was packed during Festival, but somehow they found us a table. The meal was terrific.
This place was recommended to me by a coworker who grew up in San Juan. It is popular with local business people as well as tourists.
Favorite Dish: Baked brie with guava...oh, it was amazing. When my husband got to town, and I was showing him Old San Juan, I brought him here for lunch. It was as good as at dinner a couple nights before. (this picture has nothing to do with the restaurant, it is simply a cool shot outside the walled part of Old San Juan.)
seagoingJLW's Restaurant Tip
Favorite Dish: Cocina Criolla , traced back to the Arawaks and Tainos includes the following:
Bacalaitos -crunchy cod fritters
Surullitos -cornmeal fingers
Empanadillas -turnovers filled with lobster, crab, conch or beef
Frijoles Negros -black bean soup
Sopón de Polloo con Arroz -chicken soup with rice
Sopón de Pescado -fish soup
Garbanzos -chick peas
Asopao -hearty gumbo with chicken or shellfish
Carne Guisada Puertorriqueña -Puerto Rican beef stew
Pastelóon de Carne -meat pie
Sesos Empanadas -breaded calf's brains
Lengua Rellena -stuffed beef tongue
El Nuevo Oasis near Mayaguez. ...
El Nuevo Oasis near Mayaguez. All sorts of indigenous dishes. The typical mofongo with a variety of sea food, tostones, local stew meat, and the regular asortment of fruit drinks.
This is home cooking at its best. Down to earth humble people who consistently manifest the old Spanish charm and simple elegance of time which only live in most people's memories.
Favorite Dish: Mofongo with Red Snaper. What a delicacy, although by no means food for the faint-hearted. Mofongo is nothing but mashed plantains with a healthy amount of garlic and pieces of pork fat. It is served in a 'pilon' with chunks of seafood on top of it. Wash it down with a Pina Colada or a tropical Rum Punch and you think you've gone to heaven.
We did the tourist thing and...
We did the tourist thing and hit all the American resturants. A favorite memory was at the Outback Resturant, where the menu was in Spanish, and we had to guess at what we wanted.
The picture is of the Hard Rock Cafe in San Juan.
A small Cuban restaurant on...
A small Cuban restaurant on Loiza Avenue, just off of de Diego, near the Pueblo. The flan is to die for, and the albondigas are great. I cook Cuban and Puerto Rican, and this is better than mine (and mine is really good).
Friendly and local.
Favorite Dish: Albondigas and flan....with white rice or congre'.
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