Last month, my husband and I took our annual vacation/staycation to San Juan in Puerto Rico. It was both of our first times on the lovely Caribbean Island which had us both wanting to return. We had such a good time not only enjoying each other’s company, but eating some really great food.
I’ll share the hotel and activities we participated in while on the island, I wanted to start with sharing where and what we ate while visiting. Before heading to Puerto Rico, I wasn’t a huge fan of Spanish cuisine, but let me tell you that has changed! I did go there searching for the best epanadillas after eating some at a cultural dinner night with Sparkle. OMG! I couldn’t wait!
We stayed at The Vanderbilt located on Condado Beach which gave us both trendy and traditional at the same time. Giving a glimpse into our experience, we had a Butler assigned to us who helped us with dinner reservations and excursions and so much more. I’m a very spoiled lady, folks. We we travel, we love to make it a memorable experience.
Ben & Jerry’s – Plaza Ventana al Mar, Bldg. B, Ashford Avenue, Condado Beach/San Juan
Who knew that ice cream icons Ben & Jerry’s also served breakfast? Not only did they serve breakfast, but it was both economical and delicious! The downside was that their were very agressive pigeons outside on the patio that ran us off. Dine inside if you can or bring a spray water bottle. Or a cat. We went twice!
Pinky’s – 1122, 1110 Ashford Avenue, San Juan
We didn’t go looking for this place, or did we…. but it turned out to be a great find. The place is tiny so get there early or you’ll have to wait or find someplace else. Breakfast hungry doens’t like to wait. I get cranky in the morning if I don’t eat. Then again, I’m cranky either way in the morning. The food was a plenty and delicious. This was the best breakfast bread I had on the island. The staff was super friendly and the sausage in the omelette was to die for!
CVS – Everywhere!
Look, who in their right mind can handle a heavy breakfast EVERYDAY? There was no shame in our game when we walked to CVS just blocks away from our hotel to purchase a small bowl of cereal and quarter gallon of milk. That was all we both needed to get our day started.
Pannes – 1129 Ashford Avenue, Condado Beach
This place was probably the largest breakfast place we ate with wi-fi and TV’s everywhere. Our waiter was super sweet and may have just started that day because he was slow. While the food was just okay, once I shouted them out on Facebook, I immediately received a response to come back for another meal so they can make it right. Unfortunately, we didn’t go back, but I love the fact that they were ready to make me happy. My husband loved this coffee mug so much that we now own one. I had an omelette and “fresh fruit” salad. Do you see it in the picture. I didn’t even touch it. The food was a’ight.
Tacos & Tequila – 1055 Ashford Avenue, San Juan (Venderbilt Hotel)
On our first day, we arrived a little early so we headed to Tacos & Tequila which is in The Vanderbilt and open to everyone The doors open to the gorgeous view of the beach which was the perfect arrival scene we needed after our flight. I had a chicken quesadillas and hubby had the shrimp tacos. The house nachos were very good and most likely made in-house.
La Concha Hotel – 1077 Ashford Avenue, Condado Beach
Most of our lunches were enjoyed on the beach. Our sister hotel, La Concha, was located right next door and allowed us to not only enjoy their beach which had a private area exclusive to The Vanderbilt guests, but we were also privy to their beach side dining service. The service was impeccable and we never wanted for everything.
Punto de Vista (Hotel Milano) – 307 Calle Fortaleza, Old San Juan
When you go to PR, word on the street everywhere is that you have to try some Mofungo which is a mixture of mashed plantains, potatoes. garlic, choice of meat (he chose chicken), vegetables, and other yummy stuff. I ate a version of it at Sage, but it was nothing like this. My husband devoured it. I took a small bite, but not enough to remember exactly how good it was. It was pretty tasty. My fish tacos were very good and filling. I couldn’t finish it all but it was enough to fill me up right before our walking tour.
Sage – Aquadilla Street, #55, Condado Beach
The first night we arrived, we had a big dinner at Sage which was maybe 1.5 blocks away from our hotel. We were the first once there. Apparently no one eats in PR before 7p or was it 8p? I don’t remember, but the attention was pretty good. Especially since it was just us there for an hour. I ordered the filet mignon and really enjoyed it, but my husband ordered the NY Strip. He had to keep sending it back until it was cooked right. The restaurant is decorated to perfection if that makes up for anything.
Yerba Buena – 1350 Ashford Avenue, San Juan
How we ended up at a Cuban restaurant in Puerto Rico is beyond me, but it was a great experience oer all. We ended up hearing the sounds of PR legend Gilberta Santa Rosa who just happened to be in the room, ended up on stage and turned the place out. The food was okay here. Just note that when you order salmon, that’s what they’ll bring you. Just salmon.
Orozco’s – 1126 Ashford Avenue, San Juan
Our newlywed friends we met on a tour of the Rain Forest turned us on to this amazing restaurant. There’s nothing glamorous about it, but the line out the door would have you think differently. It’s a very casual environment that brings in a little bit of everyone. We waiting about 30 minutes online before being seated. Once we sat down, we were both happy with everything! From the pina coladas to my skirt steak. I’m still dreaming about my meal!
Oceano’s – 2 Cll Vendig, Condado Beach
We dined at sunset so by the time the meal arrived, it was too dark to snap a good picture. Although I couldn’t quite see what I was eating as I was eating it, it was absolutely delicious!!! There was so much food that I couldn’t eat it all. My plan was to finish it for lunch the next day, but we had to check out and leave it in the refrigerator.
We also ate a very light meal at Sarafina which was also a few steps away from our hotel. We didn’t eat much because we were so filled up from our lunch earlier. I ordered a Caesar salad and he ordered a pizza which fancy weren’t enough to make this list.