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We're staying overnight at the Luis Munoz Marin airport en route to St. Thomas/St. John. The Best Western doesn't have a restaurant. Is there anything good at the airport or right nearby? We won't have a car but might consider a taxi.

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  1. Bad news for you. 10 days ago my husband & I spent 6 hours at that airport---there is NOTHING edible within walking distance! Every eatery in the airport must get its meats, cheese, and rolls from a central supplier---truly awful stuff. Subway seems to have its own supplier, so if you like their sandwiches, go for it. Be advised that they often run out of ingredients---and close at about 5 p.m. We've been through this airport a few times in the past and it's been the same way each time.
    There is a Wendy's across the street from the terminal, which is where we ended up eating lunch. After careful consideration of all the options, believe me, this was the best choice.
    I'd strongly recommend you take a taxi somewhere else and get a decent meal. Next time I know we'll be stuck there I'll pack a peanut butter sandwich!

    1. Take a taxi to Metropol on Isla Verde, which would be just a short cab ride from the airport. Good local food, a fun mixture of locals and tourists and reasonable prices. We returned from PR yesterday and stopped for lunch there on the way to the airport. We were glad we did, as the food available at the airport itself was unappealing.

      1. Metropol gets great reviews, both in Chowhound and elsewhere on the web. Thanks for the tip. Do the taxis charge per person, like they do in St. Thomas, or per carload?

        1. The San Juan airport food is inedible. Period. I agree - take a taxi to Isla Verde (won't cost you much - maybe ten bucks at most - its very close to the airport) and find a place to eat. The El San Juan hotel has good restaurants - a Palm Steakhouse. The whole isla verde strip has hotels with good restaurants. Good luck!

          1. Second Metropole or head to Old San Juan. I love Dragonfly.

            1. Actually, last time I had a layover in San Juan I took a cab to Pamela's in Ocean Park. Delicious food right on the beach and not too far from the airport.

              1. I agree