La casita Blanca, San Juan
La Casita Blanca ('The Little White House') was a typical little worker's house in the Barrio Obrero section of New San Juan. It has been cleverly opened up and porches added here and there, but owner George and manager Jesus have wisely kept the simple, country feel of the place. Outside the front door they used to keep roosters in cages, but now an old wooden cart or handcar holds island coconuts, sprouting fresh new leaves. The food served here is old-fashioned comida criolla, local PR cuisine, now fast vanishing from the island, as the old grandmothers who cooked it are no more. The new PR woman is more likely to be seen driving her SUV than standing in the kitchen fussing over these complicated recipes.
Favorite Dish: I love the bacalito caod fish cakes, and all the stewed chicken dishes, and the (free) coquito after dinner local liquor, with a roasted coffee bean floated on top.