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Culinary Ambassadors: Locals-Only Spots in Puerto Rico

Serious Eats' Culinary Ambassadors check in from time to time with reports on food fare in their homeland or countries of residence. Here's the latest! (Find out more about CA or join here!) —The Mgmt.

Jerusalem

I love this restaurant. It has the best Middle Eastern food in my opinion, and I have been to the city of Jerusalem. They have the best falafel in Puerto Rico — fresh-tasting and super crisp. I also love to have the vegetable kebabs with Arab rice pilaf and salad. And as with any typical Middle Eastern restaurant, they have belly dancing show on Friday nights. Ave. Roosevelt 1109, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Akai

SE Culinary AmbassadorsThis is currently the most delicious and affordable sushi in Puerto Rico. It's totally outside the tourist scene in Suchville Plaza on Road #2. They have very creative rolls with local twists like a "bacalaíto" roll or with sweet plantain on top. They also offer half rolls, which is a great alternative when you want to try a few new flavors without the commitment of eight pieces to a roll. It's not super big, but the ambiance is very cozy. Road #2, Suchville Plaza, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico

Ceviche House

This is a restaurant in the most residential part of Isla Verde. Currently there's a boom of Peruvian cuisine in Puerto Rico and according to a friend of mine from Lima, this one is the most authentic. Their ceviche mixto is delicious and the fried calamari are extremely light and special. And what I can certainly vouch for is they have the best tostones ever! Super crisp! Ave. Isla Verde #79, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00979; 787-726-0919; cevichehousepr.com


MadelynRodriguez of Karma-Free Cooking

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