We were referred to a local Puerto Rican restaurant on Tapia Ave. in San Juan. La Casita Blanca was one of the most enjoyable experiences in nearly three years of travel to the island. Genuine home cooking, and a gracious host. Located in a seldom visited area of San Juan, it was safe ,and parking was available. This is a local, local, local restaurant.
We were treated to a welcoming cocktail followed by a translation of the dishes on the chalk board. One great dish followed another until our host again treated us to an after dinner drink. The meal was a terrific bargain, and delicious.
Check it out La Casita Blanca on Tapia.
Charanda: That is so funny - you're doing the same thing I did awhile ago - staying at the Marriott before & after a cruise...anyway, you'll love the hotel. They have a nice (but a little pricey) buffet breakfast that you can easily chow down on and skip lunch. Tuscany restaurant at the hotel is good, but isn't as great as it was a few years back since they lost their chef. If you can upgrade to the Consierge level, you can get access to their lounge where there's a nice FREE breakfast every morning and free happy hour snacks (honor bar) every evening as well. Now, there are some inexpensive places nearby to eat, it you turn left out of the hotel, there's a really decent pizza joint that the family should like. Also, there's actually a fun and reasonable Mexican restaurant, Cielito Lindo, about a 5 block walk from the hotel (turn right, but ask the consierge). Also, Ajili Mojili (turn right) is really decent, not too pricey, Puerto Rican food (it's near the new Renaissance hotel). You should have NO problems walking on the main drags during the evening.