When Thinking of Getaways Think Puerto Rico’s Diverse Restaurants

It’s freezing cold up north and the balmy, 80+º  Caribbean weather is a strong incentive to leave all the snow behind for as long as you can get away. Sun bathing… wearing colorful cottons with new sandals… not having to make beds… are just a few other incentives.  But the restaurants of Puerto Rico should clinch your decision as to the destination. No matter if you’re lucky enough to be heading to San Juan for a company-paid business meeting, taking a get-out-of-the-cold vacation on your own dime, or thinking of improving your Latino dancing skills with your favorite other, meal times comes three times a day. Here are some suggestions to stretch the food  budget:

If you’re staying at a hotel in the heart of Condado, you can stroll to casual eating options that range from inexpensive to still-affordable. Case in point:  Bar Gitano at 1302 Ashford Ave (787-294-5513) is award-winning chef Roberto Treviño’s casual tapas restaurant. Order as many or as few yummy options as you like, considering your budget and appetite. Choose air-conditioned indoor seating or the breezes on the elevated terrace, where you can watch the evening strollers.

A great place for Argentinean grill is Buenos Ayres, at 565 Condado Avenue (787-725-1818). This casual restaurant also offers indoor or outdoor seating. You can opt for a juicy grilled hamburger, a  tasty churrasco  or their popular mixed grill for 2.

Bun’s Burgers at 1210 Ashford (787-725-7800 is burger heaven, with hot dogs, fries and shakes, too. Open for lunch and dinner, they also serve beer and wine (the beer includes a 50- or 100-ounce “tower.”  For friends to share, and fun to imbibe. Indoor and outdoor seating available.

Danny’s International at 1351 Ashford Avenue (787-724-0501) opens at 7 in the morning and has long been a popular place for American-style breakfast at a fraction of the cost of hotel breakfasts: fresh orange juice, ham and eggs, toasted pan de agua, for one. It also offers salads, sandwiches and pizza for any meal, indoors or at tables on the sidewalk. It’s open ‘til 1am.

Another place for great pizza is Via Appia, across the street at 1350 Ashford. (787-735-8711. It’s also been there for many years and is a people-pleaser for lunch or dinner. The outdoor space fills up early; indoors is a larger space. They have great sandwiches too, as well as a full dinner menu.

Just a few  blocks further along  is Under the Trees at Plaza Galeria, 103 De Diego Avenue.  (787-728-0238), Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, it’s an attractive 2-story, self-serve eatery with some service. Omelets, salads, sandwiches, burgers, etc., to your order.

That list should get you started. So enjoy the warmth… and don’t forget, make reservations for dinner.

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