Let me start with the pluses. The food in this restaurant (MVSJ) is good and it's authentic Boricua food. I know--soy Boricua. Additionally, the family who owns and runs this business are friendly and truly take pride in their business. HOWEVER, (and I say this with reservations because I truly feel that as they gain more experience, the minuses will be corrected), most of their meat dishes are a bit salty. I want the salt to enhance and bring out the flavor, not dominate. Thus, after a while, it can ruin the original delight. Perhaps due to too much adobo? Also, the food selection lacks variety. The menu offers a fair selection, but what's on the menu is all you will get. After going there four times, you sought of exhaust the choices and going there seems more routine than an adventure. True, they do have specialties, but they're basically for appetizers (which are very good frituras, such as papa rellenas, empanada--which are really pastelillos since empanadas are thicker crusts--personally I prefer the pastelillo as MVSJ cooks it). What's unusual is that such common and most demanded plates such as pollo fricase, pollo frito, carne guisada, bacalau en salsa, and mofongo are not part of the daily menu but treated like specialties, which you may have to wait weeks to be offered. So don't expect these very common and popular plates to be offered any time soon. Strange, but true. From Boricua restaurants in the US I've visited from N.Y, N.J., Florida, and Chicago, I've never seen these selections excluded as daily choices. But as I stated, as they gain more experience and clientele they may open the selections more or at least alternate selections among the days of the week. The family seems to have a passion for the restaurant business. I hope this passion translates into a better selection for the many customers that I'm sure they will get. PS: Their sancocho is to die for! Unfortunately, it's also treated as a specialty. They should at least offer it every Saturday when families get together to go to a good restaurant--which this one is destined to be.
First off, Pueblo Viejo's staff is extremely professional and friendly. We didn't have to wait in getting a table. We were greeted with smiles and given an option were to sit. The restaurant was clean and colorful. The menu had many different choices to choose from (maybe too many to excel at them all) at reasonable prices. We were given fresh chips and salsa, and again, the employees are very attentive! If we need more chips and salsa or drink refills they were on it without us having to ask. So, why only 3 stars for this Mexican restaurant? The food, don't get me wrong, the food isn't bad it's just nothing special. Pueblo Viejo's dining experience is memorable, but their food is not; it gets lost in the sea of all the other bland Mexican restaurants. Pueblo Viejo's didn't excel in flavors or taste to separate themselves from the rest of the typical chain restaurants.
The food was delicious and authentic! Service was good and the owners were very friendly and passionate about their restaurant. I had the pernil with arroz con gandules and amarillos, and my husband had the empanadas special with arroz con habichuelas and amarillos. We both loved every bit of it! I left so stuffed and wishing I had room for dessert too! They cook orders to go as well! Their cooking is right up there with my Mom's cooking - My mom is the BEST cook in my family so that's really saying something!! I'm definitely going back.
this location has changed hands several times over the past few years, and we were a bit reluctant to try again until a neighbor suggested we give it another chance. very happy we did! the service was excellent... a very nice menu... and the food was tasty and hot! portions were huge. the tamales, enchiladas and chile rellenos were quite good and the sauces and salsas very good. prices were also very resaonable. definitely will be back and recommend!
Great locally-owned non-chain restaurant. Don't let the location keep you from trying it. Food is consistently good and never a very long wait for it to come out. Cadillac Margaritas are outstanding. Tap beers are served in a frosted mug. Owner is often on the premises and many times greets you at the door and seats you. Very personal service. They get to know their regulars and always make you feel welcome when you return.
Salsa Latina is a small restaurant, but definitely not a greasy spoon. They are great people that own it, and the owners make everything themselves. I love everything I have ever tried there. They are not open at night so go earlier. I wish there were more restaurants as good as this.
THE FOOD IS EXCELENT , THIS RESTAURANT FEELS LIKE HOME , THEY HAVE ROTISERIE CHICKEN , RIBS, PORK SHOULDER, RICE WITH PIGEON BEANS , AND EVRYDAY SPECIAL , VERY AUTHENTIC PLACE , OMG ALSO FORGOT, THE YUCA IN GARLIC SAUCE , FRIES PLATAIN FRITERS, RIPE PLATAIN , ETC ,,,,,
This is one of my favorite restaurants in the Springs! The drinks are awesome and their tacos have the best shell. Everything is affordable and the atmosphere is so fun. The staff is friendly and service is fast. Just don't get the fish tacos - they are no good at all!
OPEN at 1821 S Academy BlvdHad the Cuban Sandwich for lunch - it was very flavorful and big - definitely a full meal. The woman who runs the place is really friendly and helpful, and the atmosphere was nice. I'll be going back to try the entrees!
This is a very nice place to eat. They have a nice bar and outside patio. The chips and dips/salsa are great. I had the lunch Beef and bean burrito, it was pretty average tasting but it was a fairly good size burrito.