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Puerto Rico (ESJ, OSJ, Condado) Suggestions?

Heading to PR. This is one of my previous reports:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/541095

Haven't been in 2 years. Need my mofongo fix . . .

Starting a search of this Board. Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance.

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    1. re: financialdistrictresident

      Try Pikayo in SJ or try Pamela's at Numero Uno Guest House in Ocean Park. I truly wish I liked Mofongo......love Malloracas at La Bombanera.

      1. re: phelana

        Thanks, phelana. Have not been to Pamela's or La Bombanera.

      2. re: financialdistrictresident

        After a search of this Board a few preliminary ideas:

        Marmalade
        Pikayo (if menu has enough changes since our last visit) or Varita
        Chayote
        El Jibarito
        Casita Miramar
        Pamela's?
        Ramiros?
        Bebos Cafe?
        La Bombonera for a breakfast in OSJ

        We will return to Carli's, El Convento (one of my favorite places in OSJ and SO can practice his Spanish) and Metropol (or the other nearby, local restaurant with mofongo - maybe Mi Casita?).

        Your thoughts?

        1. re: financialdistrictresident

          Try La Casita Blanca in Santurce for truly authentic puerto rico dining.

          1. re: RONNIENJ4

            Thanks, RONNIENJ4. When does La Casita Blanca close? Is it lunch only?

            1. re: financialdistrictresident

              Here are the hours for La Casita Blanca.

              http://www.frommers.com/destinations/...

              It looks like they extended it after they became more known on the tourist circuit. If you get a chance, please try La Casita Miramar and report back. I'm curious to know what the food is like.

              FDR, I know you're a pescatarian. Just make sure when you order mofungo that they don't add the pork rinds (it usually is mashed alongside the plantain).

              1. re: Miss Needle

                Thanks, Miss Needle . . .

                Will do.

                Let's hope we can get out of the airport, more snow is forecasted!

                1. re: Miss Needle

                  Went to La Casita Miramar (Avenida 605, Esq. (corner) Calle McKinley, Miramar, 787-200-8227) for lunch today. Heard their pollo a la plancha is very good. They were closed so I headed to "the mothership" La Casita Blanca (CASH ONLY):

                  Arrived just before the Friday local lunch crowd, missed the queue that was outside when I left. Christmas tree decorated with silver tinsel, red paper hearts and cupids. No A/C (lots of ceiling fans) so might not be as comfortable in August. Really nice people! Immediately upon arrival was served some garlicky chicken soup in a paper cup. Followed by some baccalau chips and bread.

                  Menu is on a chalkboard which they bring to your table. I just asked my server to feed me (advising no carnes, only pollo and fish). She brought me some sangria (pink-ish, not what I expected), chicken on the bone in a red sauce with a few sweet plaintains, white rice, fresh cilantro. A side of beans.

                  I was too full for dessert - banana flan or coconut custard today.

                  She brought me a digestif, Canario Anis (think Sambuca) con fly in a tiny plastic cup.

                  . . . and only $13 +tip + taxis.

                  Yesterday I had lunch at the Intercontinental lobby bar. Tried their seafood mofongo with creole sauce. The mofongo and sauce was very good. Scallops were small and a bit overcooked. The sliced tomatoes were sad. They just can't grow good tomatoes here . . .At $13.95 you're better off eating lunch at one of the local restaurants.

            2. re: financialdistrictresident

              Ramiros is closed.

              Hearing good things about The Latin Roots. Has anyone been?

              1. re: financialdistrictresident

                Heard mixed things yeaterday about The Latin Roots from locals. One said not that great, one said the pork is like the pork in the mountains . . .

              2. re: financialdistrictresident

                Varita tonight . . .

                OSJ today. Skipped breakfast at La Bombonera or Mallorca (SO prefers). Didn't want to walk all the way back to El Convento or Sol St. ((El Jibarito or St. Germain). SO has been to Bebos and El Jibarito. Had a late lunch at Raices (first time for us both, locals had suggested it to SO). Got there before the queue (must be a cruise ship in port). Had mojitos (good, El Conventos are better). Enjoyed sitting outdoors (so many people in the AC - must not be from the Midwest or Northeast and all the snow and cold!). . . Baccalau fritters - more like chips, different style than Carli's or El Convento. Similar in style to La Casita Blanca. Some fried chicken bits and sauce. Mofongo with garlic chicken. Garlic chicken was cooked perfectly. Mofongo was good. Good lunch or snack place, wouldn't suggest for dinner.

                1. re: financialdistrictresident

                  SO had lunch at Metropol. He had the roasted chicken. I did not get there this trip . . . still managed to eat a lot of mofongo . . .

                  1. re: financialdistrictresident

                    Chayote has moved and is now called "Laurel". It is now located in the Museum of Art of P.R. where Pikayo used to be. Pikayo is now located in the CONRAD Hotel (formerly the Condado Plaza) Both are excellent. Ramiros has closed.

                    1. re: mamadem

                      Have you been to Laurel (formerly Chayote)? Your experience?

                      1. re: financialdistrictresident

                        I have eaten at Laurel a few times and I've enjoyed it each time. Food is delicious, service excellent as always...didn't really love what they did with the decor though...thought it looked much better when Pikayo was there. However...decor is never a deterrent...food is always what matters to me and it is delicious. Will probably dine there tonight. It is a hotspot on Fri & Sat and can get quite full and noisy. Happening scene.

                          1. re: financialdistrictresident

                            I usually gravitate towards fish when I eat out in the evening. Every fish that I've had at Laurel has been delicious. I will usually choose the fish of the day and pair it with the sauce & preparation that interests me that day. I do love the tuna with pistachio sauce....excellent combination. Seabass delicious... Tostones with salmon & tuna tartare. Arugula ,papaya & goatcheese salad...everything i've tasted really yummy.

                              1. re: RONNIENJ4

                                Laurel is in the former Pikayo location/Museum . . .

                                1. re: financialdistrictresident

                                  Heading to PR in April for a wk w my sister for girl's getaway. Any new recs for Isla Verde area? We won't have a car. Don't usually go into OSJ. Too much of a hassle w traffic. Have tried and enjoyed Il Mulino and Piccolo . Metropol is always a must do. Anything new nearby?

                                  1. re: traveling

                                    You can walk to Mi Casita. More of a local lunch place. I prefer Metropol over Mi Casita.

                                    Based on my experiences, Isla Verde is mostly hotel dining (ESJ, The Ritz-Carlton, InterContinental, Marriott, etc.). My best hotel dinner was at Koco (Caribbean) in the ESJ. I posted my report (too long ago to be helpful) someplace on this thread. Defer to other hounds who have been more recently.

                                    La Casita Blanca. In a neighborhood not far from Isla Verde. Lunch was $13 + tip + taxis. Might be lunch only, so check hours. Not as far as OSJ or Condado (we usually take taxis). Again, defer to hounds who have been more recently.

                                    Please report back . . .

                2. Thanks so much for posting this. We're planning our PR vacation for March 2-12 and looking for all the suggestions we can find!

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                  1. re: marianne215

                    I'll drop a rec for Cafe Puerto Rico in OSJ. Our food there was better than Aquaviva.

                  2. We're going to San Juan this weekend. Going back to Marmalade (which we loved), and trying Pikayo for the first time. Still looking for some good lunch places in Condado and old San Juan, and a more casual (but delicious!) dinner option.

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                    1. re: agoldman

                      agoldman, you might want to try Jam (Marmalade's newer restaurant) in Condado. We have been to Pikayo several times and may try Varita this trip . . .

                      Really enjoyed Pikayo's foie gras with truffle honey, which is still on the menu.

                      1. re: agoldman

                        Koco at the ESJ is very good for dinner. Informal vibe. I went for a solo dinner last time I was here (SO had a business dinner).

                          1. re: agoldman

                            agoldman, where did you eat? Your experience?

                          2. No snow, sleet, rain . . . Sunny and 80 degrees :)

                            Arrived yesterday and went straight to Mi Casita for mofongo (can get it without pork). Different style (mofongo with chicken broth on the side) than Metropol's which I prefer. Their conch is very good as is their chicken soup. Had sweet plaintains and tostones.

                            Last night we had dinner at Carli's. Carli is such a nice man. Dinner accompanied with Carli on piano. We had the cod fritters, mussels and calamari. I had the ceviche app as my main. Others had steak and ravioli. Forgot what SO had. Also had a side of risotto with mushrooms.

                            A great way to start our return to PR . . .

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                            1. re: financialdistrictresident

                              Glad to hear that the weather is cooperating! When I was there, it was overcast and rainy the entire time.

                              Have fun and eat well!

                              1. re: Miss Needle

                                Thanks, Miss Needle.

                                Heard good things about Casita Miramar today . . .Supposed to be just as good as their Santurce location . . .

                                Hope we can finally get to Marmalade . . .if not maybe their newbie, Jam . . .

                            2. Dinner at Alfredo's last night.

                              A mixed experience. Went for a change from La Piccola Fontana. The atmosphere was very different from Piccola. Alfredo's is larger, more rustic Italian decor (a room with pasta hanging from racks to dry). Piccola is smaller and more formal. Would not recommend Alfredo's for a business dinner (a few diners in shorts and t-shirts, a family with children too young for a formal restaurant - though they did try to take them out when they got unruly).

                              Will report back on food later . . . I played it safe and ordered chicken parmesan. Highlights were wine list, parmesan reggiano tableside service, complimentary champagne with our dessert course.

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                              1. re: financialdistrictresident

                                Dinner reports for Alfredo's (Intercontinental) and Varita (Condado Plaza Hotel) follow below.

                                ALFREDO'S (Intercontinental):

                                Server poured olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Fresh bread . . .I had a tast of SO's and it was very good. Really liked the tableside Parmesan Reggiano service.

                                APPS

                                *Tomato and crab soup - dining companion seemed to like it, shared a taste with others
                                *Carbonara - SO said it was good
                                *Fettucini with aglio & oil - made in house, good. Liked that some pasta and risotto dishes were available in 1/2 portion

                                ENTREES

                                *Chicken parmesan - I played it safe and had chicken parm. Good. Chicken was cooked perfectly.
                                *Veal scallopini - SO said the sauce was very good
                                *Osso bucco - dining companion enjoyed. None was left . . .
                                *Veal chop - ordered medium rare, served well done. We did not let them know.

                                DESSERT

                                *white choclate creme brulee

                                We appreciated the complimentary champagne with our dessert course.

                                Pacing was slow between courses.
                                Otherwise service was very good. Our overall experience was mixed.

                                VARITA (Condado Plaza Hotel):

                                We've been to Pikayo several times. Thought we'd try the more casual Varita this trip. Space feels a bit cafeteria-ish, though the pictures have upscale stone and tile . . .They didn't have our reservation. Seated promptly. Now on to the food:

                                STARTERS

                                *Gouda cheese Parisienne, guava sauce - round cheese balls. Breading was perfect, guava sauce was delicious. Simple and very good.

                                *Salt cod buenuelos with cilantro pesto - cod fritters. I liked the fritters better than the sauce.

                                SLOW & LOW ROASTING

                                *Porchetta varita with crispy skin - first, this is enough for 2 people! SO did his best . . .This looked and smelled so good . . .SO said it was very good.

                                CHARCUTERIE

                                *duck sausage - house made served with sauerkraut horseradish sauce and grain mustard. Also accompanied by some ? greens. The duck sausage was very good. This dish was very salty for me.

                                DESSERT

                                *candied papaya & queso fresco (cheese) - this dish was not as I expected. I thought it would be more like candied ginger. The papaya was in a syrup. It was very good. There were a few pieces of cheese at the bottom. We really liked this, though it might have been better if it had a little less papaya.

                                Service was excellent. Overall, a very good meal.

                              2. Marmalade last night . . .Excellent . . . Will report on food later.

                                www.marmaladepr.com (on www.opentable.com)

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                                1. re: financialdistrictresident

                                  Marmalade (Fusion/eclectic, contemporary French) in OSJ. Definitely need reservations if you want to be in the main dining room. We ended up eating late because we didn't make reservations before our trip or upon arrival in PR. Some tables in corners have couch seating and pillows, those table tops were covered with rose petals. We sat in the main dining room. Sophisticated, bold decor. Brought back memories of a restaurant in Montreal. Could be lively and noisy. We ate pretty late, so noise didn't become an issue for us. SO's chair was uncomfortable. Enough about the atmosphere and decor . . .

                                  Our server asked if we had been to Marmalade before and we made the mistake of saying no. He gave a long dissertation about the menu, what was popular, tasting menu vs. ala carte, suggested number of dishes (French vs. American size portions), etc. Could he have had a little more passion for Marmalade? Luckily, he was an excellent server. . .

                                  Appreciate all the vegetarian choices and support of seafood sustainability. Appreciate that not everyone at the table has to order the tasting menu. We all ended up ordering ala carte. I'll do my best to remember all the dishes since their website doesn't appear to have the current menu. Now on to the food:

                                  *tuna tartare with harissa and a layer of hummus and ? Served with warm pita. Delicious.

                                  *SO had the ceviche. Presentation using a margarita shaker to pour the coconut over the ceviche was clever. This was very good . . .

                                  *Several people had the paella crispy bites of spiced-chorizio rice scented with smoked chicken, peppers and a saffron garlic emulsion. They all liked it a lot.

                                  *We all had the tiny white bean soup with scallions, black truffle oil and pancetta "dust" as a course. Our server had advised us this was a signature dish. Also appreciate that the chef left the "dust" off for me since I only eat fish and poultry (we learned later that Chef Peter Schintler's wife is a vegetarian and that in the summer the vegetarian menu page expands to 2 pages!). This was delicious. A big hit with everyone.

                                  . . .we asked if they had bread service (SO likes his bread) and warm bread was served. . .

                                  *Two of us had the foie gras with a warm pan roasted blackberry sauce, confit sausage (our server payed attention and advised me it was duck so I'd be able to have it), toasted brown bread - delicious.

                                  I think the kitchen sent a complimentary dish out . . .spaghetti squash and ?

                                  At this point I didn't really need another dish. SO had the tagliatelle. Another person ordered ? Two of us ordered the vegetarian dumplings. Very spicy and incredible flavors. Warning, it's pretty spicy. We appreciated that the chef didn't wimp out on the heat!

                                  Chef Peter S. came around to the tables to greet diners at that point. This is when we learned that in summer the menu changes (more fruits and vegetables) and the vegetarian dishes expand to 2 pages! Also, that his wife is a vegetarian.

                                  I think we had espresso . . .maybe shared 2 desserts . . .the tiny donuts with rasberry sauce. Very good. Didn't have the experience other hounds mentioned.

                                  The layers of flavor in every dish worked. Not a single miss. Consistency. This is the kind of exciting, surprising food that is so challenging to find . . .Thank you . . .

                                  1. re: financialdistrictresident

                                    The Montreal restaurant Marmalade reminded me of is DNA:

                                    http://www.dnarestaurant.com/home.php

                                    Maybe it's all that orange . . .

                                2. Might be too late for any of you on this thread asking for advice, but I just posted my trip report from early January. Quick take away: Tasca el Pescador is worth going out of your way for based on the two dishes we had there. Pikayo was awful and I'd never go back. We liked Marmalade.

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                                    1. re: The Turtle Bay Dove

                                      Sorry you had a bad experience at Pikayo. We've had some wonderful meals there (at both locations). Agree with Miss Needle, desserts are not their forte (though those mini souffles are quite good when you're in the mood for them). I like Pikayo's space much better than Marmalade's . . .

                                    2. Thanks so much everyone :)

                                      Our trip reports are posted within this long thread (see above).

                                      Happy eating!

                                        1. Had a timeshare at ESJ for 27 years so here's my advice: in Isla Verde, eat at the Metropol on same parking lot as the cock-fight arena. Nothing fancy, just basic meat or fish with huge heaps of beans and rice. In OSJ do not miss La Bombonera for cafe y mallorcas, the later being a sort of sweet yeast roll that they split, butter, grill, and sugar.

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                                            1. re: financialdistrictresident

                                              We are planning to return the end of October with some PR newbies . . .

                                              Just read gkm23's recent report (LONG).

                                              Other thoughts on Tasca el Pescador?

                                              Anything else new on the food scene?

                                            2. re: Querencia

                                              Thanks, Querencia. Metropol is one of our favorites. Better than Mi Casita. Looking forward to returning to PR since I missed Metropol's mofungo on my last visit :)

                                              1. re: financialdistrictresident

                                                Just read onthebowery's report and have seen a few recent posts re: Jose Enrique (Santurce). Not much on this Board about Jose Enrique and it looks like they're on Facebook, no web site.

                                                Other thoughts on Jose Enrique? Tell me more details about the food . . .

                                                1. re: financialdistrictresident

                                                  Hello, I'm what could be called a local "foodie"(although I dont really like that term). My recs for local places are:
                                                  1. Jose Enrique: funky scene, tremendous food, great fish dishes, very local scene. Ex-Bouley chef. Try the rabbit empanadillas, homemade longaniza(sausage), cheese course, any of the fish plates...
                                                  2. Laurel: at the Museum of Art of PR, from ex-Chayote chef Mario Pagan, very good.
                                                  3. Jose Garden: excellent PR/Dominican food
                                                  4. Compostela: great spanish food, upscale tapas, great rice dishes(black calamari-awesome, the rabbit/chorizo rice also great!!), expensive but worth it.
                                                  5. Casa Lola: brand new, have not been, from chef/owner of Budatai, upscale PR food, very nice setting in old remodeled house( huge)in front of the lagoon

                                                  Out of all of these must go recs: Jose Enrique and Compostela.

                                                  Enjoy!!

                                                  1. re: maculapr

                                                    There's not much on this Board re: Compostela and only a few recent posts re: Jose Enrique (176 Calle Duffat, 787-725-3518). Even less re: Jose Garden, no reports about the food.

                                                    Found this on Yelp:

                                                    http://www.yelp.com/biz/jose-enrique-...

                                                    http://www.yelp.com/biz/bodegas-compo...

                                                    Any other hounds been? Your experience?

                                                    1. re: maculapr

                                                      Casa Lola opentable.com perspectives:

                                                      http://reviews.opentable.com/0938/641...

                                                      Not much about the food . . .
                                                      Any hounds been? I find hounds reports more reliable than Yelp and opentable . . .

                                                      1. re: financialdistrictresident

                                                        returning to San Juan for 4 nights and looking for dinner recommendations near the Ritz Carlton. anybody have any thoughts on Il Mulino? have been to the one in NYC and its my favorite restaurant. should we give it a try in PR or is some place better? thanks in advance

                                                        1. re: traveling

                                                          I prefer to eat the local food. Have not been to Il Mulino. Been to the Italian restaurants in the Intercontinental and ESJ.

                                                          traveling, where did you end up?

                                                      2. re: maculapr

                                                        maculapr, hearing good things about Casa Lola . . .will report back if we go.

                                                  2. re: Querencia

                                                    Metropol for my mofongo fix . . .had the chicken mofongo and ate it all up. Chicken was a little well done but I just smothered it with more creole sauce. Didn't care for their cod fritters. I prefer the croquette preparation (El Convento). Metropol's was more chip-like.

                                                  3. Returning to PR the end of this month.

                                                    What's new on the food scene?

                                                    Thanks. . .

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                                                        1. re: financialdistrictresident

                                                          If you haven't tried Jose Enrique ...you definitely should. It helps if you go early as it gets crazy packed by 7. VERY LOUD... Restaurant is nothing special to look at..doesn't even have a sign outside..but all the locals "in the know" go there for really good food. Try it.. I'm pretty sure you will enjoy it. Deep fried whole fish served on top of avocado & papaya salad is a standout...as are most other dishes.... Santaella is the new place to be. He has been catering for the creme of PR for many years and his recently opened restaurant (near the plaza Santurce) is "the" place to be. They are open for lunch and only open Thurs, Fri & Sat evening. It's a loud, fun place where everyone goes when they want to be seen. Food is delicious....lots of interesting creations and you NEED a reservation or you will have a LONG wait. I'm a very difficult to please foodie who eats out every night. I definitely recommend Santaella. Try it..you'll like it :-)

                                                          1. re: mamadem

                                                            Thanks so much, mamadem . . .can't wait to return to PR.

                                                        1. re: financialdistrictresident

                                                          Dinners at Atlantica and Carli's, snack at Mi Casita and a late lunch at Chef Alex (past "pork route"). Chef Alex was one of the best meals we've had in PR. Also had araniatas there for the first time (a PR version of potato latkes made w/ plantains and no flour/matzo meal).

                                                          www.alexbistro.com

                                                          Hope to get to Jose Enrique . . .

                                                          1. re: financialdistrictresident

                                                            I'm interested to hear what you thought of Atlantica. Definitely make it to Jose Enrique. Have the deep fried whole colirubia on top of papaya & avocado salad (if you like fish) . If you can..try Santaella as well. They are open for lunch and Thurs-Sat for dinner.

                                                            1. re: mamadem

                                                              mamadem, unfortunately Jose Enrique was closed the only day I could go. I was really in the mood for the fried fish on avocado and papaya . . .El Jibarito next door was also closed. As previously mentioned, Jose Enrique does not have a sign. Their parking lot across the street does. The market and a few surrounding restaurants are in the middle of a Santurce neighborhood (a store owner called a taxi for me).

                                                              So I headed to OSJ. Didn't have time for El Convento (did get to visit the church across the street) or El Punto (105 Fortalessa Street near the outlets) for tapas. Been to El Convento, have not tried El Punto yet.

                                                              Would also like to walk to Espana (not far from Isla Verde and you can take the overpass) next time I'm in PR. Do they have cheeses? I only eat poultry and fish so a Cuban sandwich/pork won't work for me.

                                                              1. re: mamadem

                                                                I liked Atlantica. It has a restaurant and a fishmonger. We shared appetizers. Had a black ? dish. Very good. I had plantains wrapped around seafood for the first time at Atlantica and Chef Alex. I had never had soft plaintains before. Yet another way to prepare plaintains.

                                                                Will report back with more details later.

                                                              2. re: financialdistrictresident

                                                                PR hounds, does Chef Alex have another restaurant? Closer to the city for those who don't want to drive out past the "pork route" to have dinner at Chef Alex?

                                                                Thanks.

                                                          2. In Isla Verde (just north of ESJ) the Metropol is a local restaurant with excellent local food. It's by the cockfight arena.

                                                            But when I die I hope heaven is going to La Bombonera in Old San Juan and having Puerto Rican coffee and mallorcas (like sweet English muffins that are split, buttered, grilled, and covered with powdered sugar).

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                                                            1. re: Querencia

                                                              Need my mofongo fix!

                                                              Maybe I can find a place in the city (I'll do a search of the Manhattan & Outer Boroughs Boards) until I get to PR.

                                                            2. Did not get to Condado. Maybe Tasca el Pescador or Jam next time. . .

                                                              PS We were told SAL.com is a good app for finding PR dining.

                                                              1. Thanks for keeping this running, FDR.

                                                                Does anybody have thoughts on Perla? We'll be staying at La Concha at the end of February.

                                                                1. Can anyone help with a rec for 8:30 or so on a tuesday night?

                                                                  1. All this snow!

                                                                    Craving PR . . .

                                                                    Any new restaurants since late 2011? I'll also do a search of this Board.

                                                                    Chef Alex. One of the best meals we've had in PR. Just wish he was closer to ESJ, Condado or OSJ . . .

                                                                    1. Did a search for Aguaviva and not much came up. Read gkm23's post from June 2011.

                                                                      Any hounds been recently? Your experience?

                                                                      1. trav is going this month:

                                                                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/930485

                                                                        Hopefully they will report back on their experiences.

                                                                        1. Just read trav's trip report(http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/965669) and they mentioned a NEW restaurant, La Cueva Del Mar, "The Sea Cave." Fish tacos, empanadas, etc. Also read iwechtex's post that they have another restaurant. Not much on this Board.

                                                                          http://www.lacuevadelmar.com/index.ph...

                                                                          The Yelp perspective:

                                                                          http://www.yelp.com/biz/la-cueva-del-...

                                                                          Anyone else been? Your experience? Specifics about the food?

                                                                          1. La Cueva Del Mar in OSJ only opened in that location 3 weeks ago but they have 2 other locations. Their menu is large and fish tacos look very good. We ate a delicious fried whole snapper and were able to select the fish we wanted.

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                                                                            1. re: trav

                                                                              Thanks so much, trav.

                                                                              Planning another trip to PR . . .been over 2 years already.

                                                                            2. Snowing.

                                                                              Started preliminary research.

                                                                              Planning our next trip.

                                                                              BEEN:

                                                                              Alfredo's (Isla Verde)*
                                                                              Atlantica
                                                                              Baru (OSJ. sadly, now closed)*
                                                                              Carli's (OSJ)
                                                                              Chef Alex
                                                                              El Convento (OSJ, for drinks and a snack)
                                                                              Koco (Isla Verde)
                                                                              La Casita Blanca (lunch place)
                                                                              La Picola Fontana (Isla Verde)*
                                                                              Marmalade (OSJ)
                                                                              Metropol (Isla Verde)
                                                                              Mi Casita (Isla Verde, local lunch place)
                                                                              Pikayo (when it was in the museum, can't remember if I went after it moved to Condado)
                                                                              Raices (OSJ)*
                                                                              Varita (Condado)
                                                                              Waikiki Caribbean Food & Oyster Bar (went for the electricity during hurricane & empanadas. No more empanadas.)*

                                                                              *Probably would not go back or now closed

                                                                              POSSIBILITIES:

                                                                              Amadeus Cafe
                                                                              Aguaviva (OSJ)
                                                                              Bebos (SO has been, I haven't))
                                                                              Cafe Puerto Rico (OSJ)
                                                                              Casa Dante
                                                                              Casa Lola (Condado)
                                                                              Compostela (Condado) http://www.bodegascompostela.com/inde...
                                                                              El Punto(OSJ
                                                                              El Zipperle
                                                                              Il Jibarito (OSJ, SO has been, I haven't)

                                                                              Jam (now closed????

                                                                              )

                                                                              Jose Enrique(no reservations and long waits may keep this on the possibility list forever!). Maybe Capital? Or Miel? What's happening re: his new restaurant in the El Blok Hotel, Vieques?
                                                                              http://eater.com/tags/puerto-rico

                                                                              La Bombanera (SO has been, I haven't, now closed?
                                                                              )La Casita Miramar (been to La Casita Blanca for lunch)
                                                                              La Cueva Del Mar (3 restaurants, newest in OSJ)
                                                                              Laurel (in museum, former Chayote?)
                                                                              Mallorca (SO prefers over La Bombanera)
                                                                              Pamela's (view better than the food?)
                                                                              Ramiro (closed)*
                                                                              Santaella

                                                                              Tasca el Pescador (Condado)

                                                                              Any of these closed? Or not worth our time?

                                                                              Who is the next Chef Wilo Benet, Chef Jose Enrique, Chef Mario Pagan, Chef Peter?

                                                                              Chef Alex was excellent (a drive from Isla Verde but so worth it!). Also looking for another Baru. Anything newer, not to miss since late 2011?

                                                                              4 Replies
                                                                              1. re: financialdistrictresident

                                                                                Saw Andrew Zimmerman eating in PR on the Travel Channel last night. Not sure when the episode first aired. Featured Pork Highway, La Bombanera (now closed?), Chef Wilo Benet/Pikayo (when it was in the museum), etc.:

                                                                                http://www.travelchannel.com/tv-shows...

                                                                                Another sign it's time for us to return to PR :)

                                                                                1. re: financialdistrictresident

                                                                                  FDR, did you make it to Aquaviva? I'm trying to make a reservation for Easter Sunday in OSJ and not many restaurants are open (understandably)! Aquaviva looks pretty good so I made a reservation there...

                                                                                  1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                                                                                    Not yet, i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream.

                                                                                    If you like mofongo, have some for me :)

                                                                                    Still here in 21 F, sunny NY longing for PR . . .

                                                                                    1. re: financialdistrictresident

                                                                                      I'm going to post a trip report, but Aguaviva was only average... parts of the meal were better than others, and the service was excellent. NOT GOOD mofongo sadly!!!