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Nov 23, 2009 01:30 PM

Coming to San Juan

Hi All

My partner and I are about to visit San Juan. We're pretty spoiled coming from Seattle, which feeds us very well.

I'm curious to hear your recommendations for San Juan and elsewhere. We're up for a mix, upscale or downscale, local/traditional or more nouvelle/fusion. It doesn't have to be fancy or expensive, but we don't mind if it is -- as long as it's really good.

Any ideas?

Thanks in advance.

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  1. Have a blast..I would highly recommend Pamela's at Numero Uno Guest House. Very romantic on the beach dining. Also Metropole near the Ritz has great chicken stuffed with black beans and rice. Mi Casita has local eats. Both in Isla Verde. I loved Dragonfly in OSJ. Try Pikayo at the Museum

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    1. re: phelana

      Pikayo has moved from the museum to the Condado Plaza (now CONRAD Hotel) and its just as delicious as before.

      1. re: mamadem

        Thanks for the tips. I think our group is going to Pamela's. The website for Metropole looked great. Looking forward to it.

    2. I just returned from a few days in San Juan. I have some recommendations and a few warnings. We went to La Perla in La Concha Hotel, Budatai, Baru and Pikayo. All but Baru were second visits for my traveling companions as they had loved them all last year. Of the group, Baru was the most fun/casual -- the shrimp skewers with yuca fongo were delicious (it's in OSJ). Budatai was forgettable. Pikayo and La Perla are very expensive and while neither were fantastic, La Perla was definitely tastier than Pikayo. My friends were terribly disappointed with Pikayo as it was their favorite last year.

      A few of us stopped for apps and drinks at Marmalade and we definitely will return for a full blown meal there on our next trip. Delicious soup and unusual and tasty tuna tartare preparation.

      Enjoy your trip!

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      1. re: comidaqueen

        Thanks for all the reqs. Just got back. Baru and Pamela's were wonderful. At Baru, we were a group of 7, and we pretty much let the waiter pick, with the idea of us sharing everything. The kitchen knocked out plates with 7 of everything for us to try, and they really how to marry dramatic presentation with great flavor.

        We weren't so impressed with the food at Dragonfly. Also had a meal at Buren -- my first mofongo. That was very nice. The tapas bar at our hotel Convento was very decent.

        Apart from the fried "tacos" we got at the beach -- I honestly thought I could avoid the fried cart by ordering that, but no, they fry those, too, and they come out as a tube that hardly resembles anything I've ever known to be a taco -- we ate very well.