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Culinary Adventures in Puerto Rico

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San Juan is a bonafide foodie destination, packed with world-class restaurants and bars, food parks like Lote 23 and the Miramar Food Truck Park, the infamous Placita de Santurce, and more. But when you leave the metro area, that’s where your culinary adventure really begins.

Visit coffee haciendas in the mountains, try fried fritters by the beach chased with a cold beer, make your own cheese in a town that has more cows than people — these are just a few of the culinary experiences you’ll find in Puerto Rico. Whether you’re looking for pork, rum, or fresh seafood, the best way to find it is to hop in a car and hit the road (or to enjoy a local food tour).

Guavate, “The Pork Highway”

Just off highway PR-52, about 40 minutes from San Juan heading south, you take exit 32 and follow the road that snakes its way up the mountains of Cayey. When you hear the sounds of live salsa music and smell garlic and pork fill the air, then you’ve arrived in Guavate, “the pork highway.”

This stretch of road is lined by dozens of lechoneras, open-air restaurants specializing in slow-roasted whole pork. Locals often make a daytrip out of visiting Guavate, ordering several pounds of juicy pork with crunchy cuerito (crispy skin) that servers roughly chop with a machete in front of you. The main course is accompanied by generous portions of yuca al mojo, tostones, arroz con gandules, or whatever Puerto Rican side dish is your favorite. The more daring can also order some cuajito (stewed pig stomach) and morcilla (blood sausage).

Everyone has their favorite lechonera but some of the most famous are Los PinosLechonera El Rancho Original and El Nuevo Rancho, and Los Amigos, next to which is Café Prieto, a gorgeous coffee shop that serves both local coffee and craft beers.

 

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