¿Quién se le resiste a un buen plato de arroz con gandules o a unas ricas alcapurrias? Here’s where you can find the best taste from la isla in FL.
Ya tú sabes: Puerto Rico is more than beautiful beaches, mountains, waterfalls, and the charm of El Viejo San Juan. Nuestra isla es, verdaderamente, un lugar de encanto. Y una de las cosas que más nos remontan a ella is the taste and aroma of our traditional dishes. Si te preguntas dónde encontrar nuestra cocina fuera de casa, here are 7 of the best restaurants of Boricua cuisine, from Orlando to Miami. ¡Buen provecho!
A Unique Mix: El Flamboyán
Offering Puerto Rican and Chinese food since 1998, this interesting hybrid has a wide selection of Chinese fare. Puerto Rican delights include Relleno de Papa or Relleno de Yuca, Tostones and Mofongo. Located at 12141 S Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando’s El Flamboyan will charm you.
A Celebration of Cultura: La Placita
Inspired by El Mercado de Santurce, the original “La Placita” in San Juan, Puerto Rico, this breathtakingly beautiful place brings the spirit of the island to Miami’s MIMO District. The brainchild of Latin American TV and novela star, Julian Gil, and five-time James Beard nominated chef and restaurateur, Jose Mendín, La Placita, at 6789 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, offers different marketplace menus, including restaurant, juice stand, and produce market.
Creative Specialities: Willie’s Pinchos
Willie García left Puerto Rico at 15 and settled in Orlando where he fires up creative specialties from his patria, such as the jibarito, a sandwich made with mashed plantains instead of bread, among other delights. You’ll find it at 1718 N Goldenroad Rd, in Orlando.
Boricua Essence: Grillers Puerto Rico
Located at 2295 E Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, in Kissimmee, Grillers Puerto Rico is the essence of Boricua culture. With live music Fridays to Sunday, it overflows with the flavors and sounds of salsa de la isla.
Great Atmosphere: Finca Casual Kitchen
If you are looking for a relaxed environment with great comfort food at affordable prices, then Finca is your best bet. Delight in its plant-based alcapurrias and arroz con gandules, among other delicias that you can enjoy in-restaurant or order for pick up or delivery. Encontrarás el sabor en 9161 Narcoossee Road, 106 Orlando.
Grandma’s Cooking: Pal Campo
A unique and charming blend of modern and traditional, this is a place to sit back, relax and enjoy la cocina de la abuela away from home, con platos típicos like arroz mamposteao’ and mofongo. The 2019 Award Winner for Best of Tampa Puerto Rican Restaurant is located at 9218 Anderson Road, in Tampa.
El Truck del Sabor: Piñones
The premier Latin seafood truck in Orlando provides a variety of authentic Puerto Rican and Caribbean food dishes, as well as delicious drinks like the very Boricua Piña Colada, limonada and jugo de parcha. Visit it at 8650 E Colonial Dr, Orlando.