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WHERE TO GET AUTHENTIC PUERTO RICAN FOOD

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Aside from the pristine beaches, lively music, and the warm Caribbean sun, Puerto Rico is famous for its top-notch local cuisine. While staying at the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel in San Juan, you’ll want to sample some of the classic Puerto Rican dishes like mofongo, plantain tamales, roasted pork shoulder, red snapper fish, and many more. Here is a sampling of the best restaurants nearby our hotel in San Juan where you can get the best of authentic Puerto Rican food.

Barrachina
This highly recommended restaurant describes itself as “creative Puerto Rican cuisine” and is known for its live music and other shows. The pina coladas here are a favorite as well. As far as the food goes, this is the place to order mofongo, an Afro-Puerto Rican savory dish made primarily with plantains. Other classics like Caribbean chicken, mero fish, and Spanish sausage are a top choice here, in addition to the authentic Puerto Rican desserts like tres leches cake and rum cake. Situated in Old San Juan, this spot makes for an easy lunch or dinner for guests of Condado Vanderbilt Hotel.

Take a look at their menu here.

Inaru
Another favorite in the Old San Juan neighborhood, Inaru is the place to go for a modern twist on classic Puerto Rican food. This restaurant is situated in a refined setting that embodies a sense of old-world elegance. Meals here are beautifully prepared takes on the authentic Puerto Rican dishes you’ve been waiting to try, like red snapper fish, seafood paella, and chicken mofongo. In addition, this place is known for its creative island cocktails, like passion fruit mojitos and guava sangria, and an unbeatable tres leches cake to finish off your meal. From the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel in San Juan, Inaru makes for a lovely dinner out without venturing too far.

Check out the restaurant here.

El Jibarito
In the heart of San Juan alongside the bay, El Jibarito serves up Puerto Rican classics in a casual atmosphere that is adored by locals. Here you can find authentic appetizers like sorullitos (fried corn sticks), chicken empanadas, fried cod fish croquettes. The main dishes at El Jibarito also highlight a sampling of the island’s classics, like fried red snapper fish, grilled pork chops, tamales with plantain and pork, pollo al ajillo (an authentic dish of chicken in a garlic-forward sauce). This spot makes for a quick and easy lunch close to the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel in San Juan.

Check them out here.