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Feb 20, 2009 09:33 AM

One good lunch in Old San Juan

We're spending one day in Old San Juan and are looking for a good Saturday lunch spot with typical PR food for four people who love food. Downscale, upscale: it doesn't matter. Just not too touristy. Any ideas?

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  1. Hmm, lots of decent options in OSJ, but cannot say we've been to all of these...
    - el Jibarito on Calle Sol, recommended by many, pretty authentic
    - Cafe Mallorca at Calle San Francisco at Calle Tanca is a cafeteria-like place, but always packed! Must be good.
    - Cafe Princesa at the start of Paseo de la Princesa - we had dinner there and it was great, some traditional options, like the alpucurias. I think they had mofongo, but we had red snapper and skirt steak (both were delicious); this is just to the west of the main , so it is easy to get to if you are docking right in OSJ and not on the other side of the bay.

    You can pick up a Que Pasa magazine at the tourist office next to Casa Don Q just off the main piers. It has lots of choices and since everything is pretty close in OSJ, you can easily decide and wander over for lunch without wasting much time. Also, see what Rough Guides have on-line for restaurants. We have the PR book and it has been indispensible for info on the city.

    Have fun - OSJ is great for just wandering around and you can easily pop into whatever little restaurant interests you!

    Grant & Dean