The name means small white house. And it's just that simple character that makes La Casita Blanca such a great spot. Locals love La Casita because of the generous portions of Puerto Rican fare. Favorites include the veal fricassee and pastelon de amarillos in a genuine fonda. The grilled shrimp is also popular. Fried plantains, rice and beans come with your meal.
This spot in the heart of Condado serves up Puerto Rican seafood favorites including paella and camarones. The house specialties are a grilled seafood platter and \"specialty seven rice.\" Sunday features cerdo asado. The service is efficient and friendly.
When in San Juan, do as the San Juaneros do and stop into this little cafe in a working class neighborhood in the Old City. Don't let the sparsely decorated place fool you, the food is in the spotlight of those bare bulbs. Breakfast is a bargain with eggs, potatoes and ham, but you can stop in for authentic cuisine for lunch and dinner, too. The pork and seafood dishes taste like abuela cooked them on a Sunday afternoon.
What better place to enjoy an authentic Puerto Rican meal than at the city's oldest restaurant? Established in 1848 this spot has been lovingly run by the Rojos family since 1900. The house special is asopao, a thick stew made with rice and chicken, lobster or shrimp. Sample fresh gazpacho for a starter and save room for some flan for dessert.
For satisfying the hearty appetite, a visit to this family run restaurant is a must. The room is simple with crowded tables and noisy patrons. There's even a country balcony over the kitchen and the walls feature the streets of San Juan. House specialties are chicken fricassee, conch ceviche and rebosada de bistec. Bring your appetite.
Plunked down in the middle of a vast array of fast food restaurants, this bustling cafe offers the real goods. The large dining room holds over 100 within walls covered with wild paintings of angels. The menu is stacked with traditional Puerto Rican items including the creamy grits called pastel and mofongo, all at very reasonable prices.