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Cafe del Angel

October 17, 2019

  • 1106 Ashford Avenue
  • San Juan, PR 00907
  • (787) 722-1245
  • Website
  • Menu

So, we’ve eaten a lot of typical American food on this trip.  That’s perfectly fine with me.  I had some really delicious burgers and J still says she had the best pasta she’s ever had.

We needed to try some Puerto Rican food though.  J and I both had a dish we wanted to try.

We walked to brunch that morning right past a place that had people standing outside handing out menus.  We already had a plan for lunch but I grabbed one in case we wanted to walk back for dinner…..spoiler alert, we did.

Cafe del Angel is on Ashford Avenue right across the street from the La Concha Hotel.  The restaurant has a pretty large patio out front with a bar.  There’s an inside area that you get to by walking through the patio like area but it was a decent evening out so we just took a seat near the bar. 

The patio area looks like any other indoor space in Puerto Rico by it’s open to the outside on the street side.  There are a combination of pub tables and smaller four tops.  The bar takes up a pretty good portion of the space.  The area is, again, lit by string lights and a couple of ceiling fans.  There are TV’s on the wall that were tuned to a basketball game and, surprisingly, the Bears game that I was watching in the hotel when we left.

I was kind of all liquored out at this point due to our Casa Bacardi tour earlier in the day, but J was still up for a Pina Colada.  It was happy our and that was one of the drink specials.  I stuck to a Coke.

I had been itching to try something called a Tripleta since we landed in PR.  I sort of got to try it when I ordered the Tripleta pizza at Pirilo on our first full day exploring on the Island, but I really wanted to get my hands on the sandwich before we left too.  The sandwich is a delicious answers to a Cuban.  The bread is a sweet, toasted sandwich bread filled with a combination of grilled ham, steak, and chicken.  The sandwich also includes the Mayo-Ketchup that is found everywhere in Puerto Rico.  I could have done without this but it was a pretty thin layer so it didn’t bother me that much.  The combination of the meats and, once again, the delicious bread made this a sandwich I would put in my rotation if we saw it around here in Michigan.  The sandwich came with some thin, short crispy potato sticks on the side.  They were fine..and traditional… but nowhere near being on par with actual french fries.

J had been on the look out for Mofongo and she was finally able to try it.  She picked the Pollo Mofongo Rellenos.  Mofongo is a traditional Puerto Rican dish made with plantains.  They’re smashed up and mixed with salt, garlic, broth, and olive oil.  In this case, it was stuffed with pieces of fried chicken and surrounded by more chicken.  Honestly, I tried it but it had too much of a mashed potato consistency for me.  The flavor was good but I couldn’t get over the texture (I don’t like mashed potatoes for the same reason).  The chicken was pretty tasty though.  J didn’t eat all of it so I was able to pick some off her plate.

Our bill for dinner was just over $31.

Well…we actually did find some traditional Puerto Rican food on this trip.  Neither of us are very adventerous eaters so this is really outside the norm for us.  We both enjoyed our meals.  I know this area of San Juan is a pretty heavy touristy area so I don’t know how authentic it truly is but as far as we were concerned, it was an authentic dining experience and I’m happy we did it.

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