Made in Puerto Rico is more than a restaurant—it’s a testament to Puerto Rican traditions, idioms, and other cultural aspects.
Signs commemorating historical moments, dominoes, straw hats, kites, and Christmas lights are strewn around. Servers dress and speak like the people who lived in the mountains many years ago, and to top that off, sing, dance, and play instruments to traditional Puerto Rican foods while you wait for your food. The Spanish menu is all in slang, the placemats feature maps or Puerto Rico and recipes.
For a twenty-four year old Puerto Rican like me, it’s like seeing your parents’ and grandparents’ stories come to life. For your parents and grandparents, it’s a burst of happy reminiscence. For foreigners, it’s a tiny bit of the essence of who we are.
The food speaks just as much of our traditions as the decorations and music do, while the chef’s creative spin on the dishes distinguishes them from their variants in other eateries. One appetizer that stands out is the fried queso de hoja (a soft white cheese) in a guava, cream of coconut, and rum sauce. Two of my favorite entrees are the skirt steak stuffed with shrimp and the mixed mofongo (fried and mashed yucca and green plantain) stuffed with anything you want—from seafood, to pork, to chicken.