For years, only the most adventurous travelers who happened off the highway and onto a local road in the town of Guavate discovered what was once a best-kept secret: Puerto Rico’s "Pork Highway." Los Pinos is one of many roadside stands, kiosks, and restaurants offering spit-roasted pork and all the trimmings. Don’t expect barbecue sauce (don’t worry, you won’t miss it), but if you must add a splash of something, try pique, the white vinegar infused with ají (chili pepper) on many tables. Los Pinos isn’t fancy, but nobody seems to care a bit.
Breakfast can be a daunting experience, especially when you are away from home. If you find yourself in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and crave an inexpensive, local experience in the Miramar District, stop by Los Pinos Cafe. I had a cafe con leche and a Cubano sandwich, with those crisp pickles, juicy pulled pork and ham topped with yellow mustard and Swiss cheese; gave me plenty of energy to explore Old San Juan with a skip in my step.