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Puerto Rico dining suggestions please!!

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All of the Puerto Rico posts are pretty outdated and deserted, so I decided a new one was needed.

I'm going to Puerto Rico for about 4 days with my mom and sister. We are staying in San Juan, although I'm sure we'll be traveling around a little.

I need any suggestions you have! Breakfast, lunch dinner....cheap and pricey alike. Don't hold back!! I want some good authentic Puerto Rican fare.

Also, my sister is a vegetarian, so if you happen to know of any places that offer a particularly good array of vegetarian dishes, that would be great.

Thanks!!

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  1. lemme (us) know what you find in addition to what is posted, as I live vicariously until I can go back - about 4 years and adding by the day since the last trip.

    1. Yeah, I second his inquiry.

      Anyone who can tell me where to get Mofongo in the D.C. area gets free admittance into Heaven.

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      1. re: Russel Shank

        Caribbean Breeze in Arlington serves mofongo.

        By the way, I like my wings with Buffalo sauce.

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        Caribbean Breeze
        4100 Fairfax Dr Lbby 1, Arlington, VA 22203

        1. re: Steve

          I checked out their site. Is it the dish described as "sweet plantain pinwheels filled with beef and chicken" -- Piononos?

          Do they do it with the tomato "sauce"?

          I've only had Mofongo at a roadside stop on the island. I want it bad, but am so worried about not living up to the memory.

          1. re: Russel Shank

            On the menu, it's listed under side dishes. It's hard to spot, I know. The chef who created the menu is from PR.

            The problem with Caribbean Grill on my one visit is that the food was served mostly room temperature and seemed like it had been sitting for a while. It didn't seem so fresh, but the flavor was nice - except for the sucking pig which was dried out and flavorless, a real disappointment.

            I liked the mofongo and the pinones - the pinwheels.

      2. I was in San Juan the last week of April. We had a transcendent dinner at Pikayo, in Condado. Pricey, but absolutely worth it. For more typical, and reasonably priced, fare, I suggest Cafe Puerto Rico which was yummy and very reasonably priced. We loved C.VI.CHE (Peruvian, too) which is newly opened. Friendly service with delicious food. Not impressed with Parrot club, though others recommended it. Sloppy service. For breakfast or lunch, you have to try Cafe La Bombonera. They make a "danish" which is not at all a danish but a grilled sandwich. So rich and delicious. THey have beautiful pastries.

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        1. re: dcandohio

          Bombanera is a classic and will (I hope) always be there. While I liked Parrot back before it started getting written up it sort of felt tourist-book-recommended.

          what's with all the DC folk on a PR thread? heh.

          1. re: dcandohio

            Oh my, I'm glad you enjoyed yourself at C.VI.CHE. I just had the worst dinner of my life there. Service was terrible, we waited almost and hour, and I ended up not getting half the plates I ordered because they unapologetically messed up, and we decided to get the heck out of there instead of waiting another hour. The Bonbonera (and La Mallorquina) on the other hand, are institutions, which are worth the wait for the mallorcas/pastries (and tradition)!
            Strangely enough, we had the opposite experience at Parrot Club, where the service was attentive. With a name like Parrot Club, I 100% expected it to be touristy, but hey, they were really nice, and the plantain nachos were to die for.

          2. Hello. For outstanding local (and nonlocal) cuisine in a funky area (Plaza del Mercado)- Jose Enriquez. For more formal NYC-class food- Augustos. Pikayo always has a good scene and food. Upscale spanish, awesome wines- Compostela. Great Italian, somewhat hidden away from the tourist scene-Pinoli. Panasian, fun bar-Buddhathai. Fun ambience, good pizza-Il Postino.

            Enjoy!