La Nacional Sangucheria
667 Avenida Juan Ponce de León
Mouth Watering Sandwiches in San Juan, Puerto RicoI should start by apologizing to my Aunt Karen, for I have tasted the juiciest turkey sandwich in my life and it wasn't hers. Turkey isn't even a bird that is traditional to Puerto Rico, it was introduced to the island with the US holiday of Thanksgiving! We are often anticipating turkey to be as dry a desert, and this time I found myself tasting a savory fountain. The sandwich place, La Nacional Sanguicheria, didn't even use traditional Puerto Rican bread, they used short and stocky french loaves of bread for hoagie style sandwiches. Their break with tradition was welcomed, their culinary ingenuity, appreciated.
I was told that after slow roasting the whole turkey for hours, they then reused the bone and other leftover bits to create a stock from which they rendered a delicious gravy for the turkey sandwich. The turkey and gravy were placed gently into a bed of tomatoes, romaine lettuce and provolone cheese, all combined into a mouth watering experience. I know I will be back.