Restaurants & Bars

Just returned from Puerto Rico

Matt M. | Dec 1, 200311:00 AM

TO be honest, I didn't remember the suggestions I got here a month or so ago (the thread is further down). But, I just checked and they were right on. First of all, we stayed in the Water Club, and it is still a place to go. The 2 bars (Liquid and Wet) are real scenes with a sexy atmosphere and the drinks are pretty good. The Restaurant (Tangerine) is also beautifully designed and the food tasty, the service excellent.
For the food, Ajili Mojili was excellent and about the best Puerto Rican cooking you can find, short of the local stands that most people were afraid to suggest to a couple of Americans. Which leads me to another point. I had not remembered the suggestion here to go to the Pionones section. Our last night we kept asking at the hotel for an authentic meal, besided Ajili Mojili. we were deirected to Pamela's which is an out of the way resatuarant in a guest house. It was "Caribbean" cooking, but not very inspiring at that. We didn't stay and went to Metropol, which is an Isla Verde restaurant supposedly short on decor but excellent Cuban and Puerto Rican cooking. 10 Pm on a Saturday night, what looked like a policeman (maybe a security guard) told us it was closed as we got out of the cab. I don't know if something happened or what. We went back to the hotel and got a final suggestion (I don't recall the name) in Pionones. It was more South American than Purto Rican, but we noticed a little roadside stand that one cab driver had recommended on the way over. We headed there. We were clearly the only Americans at this little shack, but I'm glad we stayed. We had some amazing mofongo and garlic shrimp, not to mention the alcaporria(?). It was ana dventure, but well worth it and finally the kind of food we were looking for.
Our best meal was probably Dragonfly. The scene is great and the food and drinks even better.

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