Our Favorite Local Dishes (And Where to Get Them) In Puerto Rico’s Largest City:
These addictive fritters look like corn dogs, but they’re more spicy than sweet. A pimiento-tinged ground-beef filling is enveloped in a taro and green-plantain batter, then fried to a golden brown. Sample them across the street from Condado Beach at Café del Angel.
It’s not exactly street food, but we have to mention this national staple. Mini mountains of mashed, fried plantains are stuffed with meat and spices. Fillings can include chicharrones (pork rinds) or chicken, but we’re partial to the shrimp version at Café Puerto Rico.
Fora quintessential San Juan kabob (typically chicken marinated in adobo seasoning) head to La Placita de Santurce. This quiet square turns into a huge party once the sun goes down. The late-night food of choice is a hot-off-the-grill pincho from any cart there.