California Puerto Rican / Caribbean Restaurants

Updated: 12/03/2014: Deleted Puerto Rican restaurants that closed down :(

Here is the most updated list of Puerto Rican / Caribbean restaurants in California. Unfortunately we have seen many great Puerto Rican restaurants come and go in the past 10 years, so please bookmark these restaurants and check them out if you are in the area!

If you see a Puerto Rican restaurant (or a place that serves Puerto Rican food) that is not on this list, please email me and let me know, thank you!



Borinquen Soul
Borinquen Soul Borinquen Soul 61 reviews Borinquen Soul on Yelp
2020 MacArthur Blvd
Lower Hills
Oakland, CA 94619


A M.'s Review A M.
5 Stars

We hired Borinquensoul to cater a Baby Shower for us in Benicia. "Awesome" OMG the food was great! Arroz con Gandules, Pollo Encebollado, Empanadilla's,...

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Gwen C.'s Review Gwen C.
1 Stars

Well Christopher C. finally responded today, two weeks after my initial Yelp review with: "We apologize for any inconvenience, unfortunately our truck was...

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Michelle B.'s Review Michelle B.
5 Stars

"Maria Maria...She reminds me of a west side story...Growing up in Spanish Harlem....She fell in love in East L.A....to the sounds of the guitar, yeah, yeah...

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Marus Kitchen
Marus Kitchen Marus Kitchen 13 reviews Marus Kitchen on Yelp
East Oakland
Oakland, CA 94603


Jon A.'s Review Jon A.
5 Stars

Thanks David for working with me at the last minute to create a unique menu that included all if the birthday boys' favorites!!! Your food was definitely a...

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Gilmarys R.'s Review Gilmarys R.
5 Stars

AMAZING! I have to say the Best Pasteles ever!!! My family and I have been ordering pasteles thru them for the past couple of years. Wouldn't go anywhere else!

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Alison R.'s Review Alison R.
5 Stars

We used Marus catering for our wedding. We worked with her son David. He was very easy to work with and attempted to accommodate us as best he could. My...

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Sol Food
Sol Food Sol Food 258 reviews Sol Food on Yelp
401 Miller Ave
Mill Valley, CA 94941


Ashlee S.'s Review Ashlee S.
5 Stars

Can't wait to get back to San Fran to dine here again!

After be hungover the night before and then starting the day extremely late, my cousin and I were...

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Alvin J.'s Review Alvin J.
3 Stars

I ordered Rots Polly Combo, Flan de CoCo, Bistec Combo,, and also Coco Rico!
I have to say that the Pollo Rostizado aka Rotisserie Chicken here is...

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Adam B.'s Review Adam B.
4 Stars

I've been to their fast casual location in San Rafael and it is a lot more casual! Here they seem to throw a fit if you seat yourself, which is strange for...

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901 Lincoln Ave
San Rafael, CA 94901


Caitlin L.'s Review Caitlin L.
5 Stars

Worth the wait every time! Delicious!!

Be prepared to wait in a 20-30 minute line as this place is always busy. However once you get your food the wait...

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Tom D.'s Review Tom D.
2 Stars

On the way back home from dropping off people at SFO we decided to give Sol Food a try. Maybe my expectations were too high based on all the good reviews...

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Alexis T.'s Review Alexis T.
4 Stars

Sabroso! Came here for the first time today with a friend and while lines were long as other reviewers mentioned,we were seated relatively fast. Seemed like...

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Sol Food
Sol Food Sol Food 285 reviews Sol Food on Yelp
811 4th St
San Rafael, CA 94901


Andrew W.'s Review Andrew W.
5 Stars

One of my favorite restaurants of all time. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu.

My personal favorite is the 2 chicken breast pieces with black...

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Estefany V.'s Review Estefany V.
5 Stars

This place is SO SO GOOD!! I'm happy my uncle brought my cousin's and I here on 3/21/15 to check it out, because I completely fell in love with the food and...

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Jared L.'s Review Jared L.
3 Stars

We ordered two pollo sandwiches and one order of tostones con queso, for take out. Got there maybe five minutes after they said to come, and another five...

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Parada 22
Parada 22 Parada 22 673 reviews Parada 22 on Yelp
1805 Haight St
The Haight
San Francisco, CA 94117


Sam V.'s Review Sam V.
5 Stars

Came to the city to sight see. And wanting to try something different. So why not Puerto Rican food?

Decorated with PR historical pictures. Possible...

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Ed U.'s Review Ed U.
4 Stars

I hardly ever make it to the Upper Haight. It just gets a little too crowded for me. Besides I was a near-toddler in the Summer of Love so what did I know...

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Beatrice W.'s Review Beatrice W.
4 Stars

Wow, very flavorful and hearty food! I came here last night (Sat) at 6:30pm and snagged one of the last tables.

I ordered the Pastelon ($15) which came...

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Parada 22 POP-UP
Parada 22 POP-UP Parada 22 POP-UP 34 reviews Parada 22 POP-UP on Yelp
3296 22nd St
San Francisco, CA 94110


Jenna G.'s Review Jenna G.
5 Stars

SO good! Such an amazing hole in the wall place.

The ambiance is very casual/ diner setting and the price is pretty decent for so much food.

I got the...

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Cyrus L.'s Review Cyrus L.
4 Stars

good, hearty Puerto Rican food. i had the pollo encebellado and found the chicken to be nicely done: crisp while still juicy. the chicken was paired with a...

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Ange G.'s Review Ange G.
5 Stars

I've been here twice. Hearty food and big portions. My first time trying Puerto Rican food, so I do not know what to compare it to.

I love tostones...

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400 Mendocino Ave
Santa Rosa, CA 95401


Tracy R.'s Review Tracy R.
5 Stars

One of the more authentic Puerto Rican spots in California. I took my parents during a road trip and they were pleasantly surprised! This is a great spot...

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Miss S.'s Review Miss S.
1 Stars

Not the best experience

My mother and I waited to be seated for over 40 minutes. A flood of other customers came in and within less than 10 minutes a party...

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Tim B.'s Review Tim B.
3 Stars

Nobody wants to attend a funeral, whether it is for somebody who has battled an illness for a significant period of time, had their life unpredictably...

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7931 E. Firestone Boulavard
Downey, CA 90241


pat h.'s Review pat h.
5 Stars

My son and I ate at their original location (pictures are on their web site).

All I can say is the food was DELICIOUS!!

I'm so glad that moved much closer...

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Anthony C.'s Review Anthony C.
1 Stars

Place doesnt seem to exist; too bad, they had good food at the other location. The night club they are suppose to be in is never seems to be open during the...

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La Puma Rosa
La Puma Rosa La Puma Rosa 1 reviews La Puma Rosa on Yelp
510 E Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90802


Evelyn C.'s Review Evelyn C.
5 Stars

My family and I have always tried finding a joint that made homemade Puerto Rican food. I tried this restaurant when they were locate in Watts and I loved...

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5757 Lankershim Blvd
North Hollywood
North Hollywood, CA 91601


Meli N.'s Review Meli N.
5 Stars

Yummmmy!! It's the closest I'm gonna get to PR from here.

This place is almost always busy!

We always get the fried chicken pieces with arroz con...

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Tryphena D.'s Review Tryphena D.
4 Stars

I love Puerto Rican and Caribbean food! When I found out about Monfongos, I was excited and hoped that the food would be authentic.

Right on...

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Diana H.'s Review Diana H.
4 Stars

BEST and ONLY Puerto Rican restaurant in LA. Seriously love this place but you MUST have patience. The wait here is so long because the restaurant is super...

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Senor Big Ed
Senor Big Ed Senor Big Ed 236 reviews Senor Big Ed on Yelp
5490 Lincoln Ave
Cypress, CA 90630


Brian L.'s Review Brian L.
4 Stars

My friends and I always walked by here saying someday we would try it. I always heard good stories about this place so I had pretty high expectations. I...

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Sochi S.'s Review Sochi S.
4 Stars

We were craving our culture Puerto Rican food for Father's Day. My uncle has been coming here for years, he claims it reminds him of his childhood food...

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Victor C.'s Review Victor C.
4 Stars

There's a reason SBE has been in business for over 3 decades...service and food.

The staff is friendly, inviting and patient in explaining their...

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San Juan Bbq
San Juan Bbq San Juan Bbq 136 reviews San Juan Bbq on Yelp
10203 Hole Ave
Riverside, CA 92503


Debi L.'s Review Debi L.
5 Stars

I just finished eating at San Juan BBQ. DELICIOUS.
Started with appetizers, Pastel and a spinach/cheese empanada. Both very good. Wanted to try the...

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Paul S.'s Review Paul S.
3 Stars

Since I was nearby I made another visit here to see if trying a few more things on the menu would improve the 3-star "score" I assessed on my first visit....

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Mona S.'s Review Mona S.
4 Stars

I was so surprised that there was a Puerto Rican restaurant in riverside of all places !!!
The place is simple and decorated colorful . We had chicken...

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Andrés Restaurant
Andrés Restaurant Andrés Restaurant 354 reviews Andrés Restaurant on Yelp
1235 Morena Blvd
Linda Vista
San Diego, CA 92110


Joe R.'s Review Joe R.
5 Stars

As implants from Florida (island Latin food), we were starting to become a bit disappointed in the Latin food scene here in SD. Mexico seems to have a much...

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Nancy M.'s Review Nancy M.
4 Stars

Our expectations were met. We had fried yuca with garlic, arroz con calamares, breaded steak with black beans and rice. The rice and calamares needed a...

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Raymond A.'s Review Raymond A.
2 Stars

This review is for the cuban sandwich only, don't do it, its super duper uber freaking DRY!!! I recommend asking for extra pickles, mustard about 10x.


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6163 Balboa Ave
San Diego, CA 92111


Q Steve T.'s Review Q Steve T.
5 Stars

South American Products available. I will not get tired of recommending this place to my Latinos in town.
Many people think that you can find latin...

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Marz R.'s Review Marz R.
2 Stars

First time here. The man upfront was very friendly and courteous. We ordered: cuban sandwich w/ salad, bandeja Paisa & side of arroz w/ gandules. They have...

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Jonathan C.'s Review Jonathan C.
3 Stars

This place use to be sooooo much better. Food is ok, not great like it use to. There are certain things that might come out to greasy or "taste funny". if...

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27 thoughts about the post

  • Rose m nieves

    Que lindo , This is great that you put together, this site for all of your Ricans . I have live in califorina, for 27 years and now I live in los vegas. I dont recall a puerto  Rican  restaurant in that area. Can you tell me if you know of a good one in vegas. Thank s and again keep up the good work.  RNieves

    February 16, 2010 at 3:07 pm

  • admin

    Hi Rose and thank you!

    There use to be a Puerto Rican Restaurant in Las Vegas called “El Coqui Caribbean Restaurant” but unfortunately they closed! :(

    I will keep a look out for you for any Las Vegas or Nevada Puerto Rican Restaurants.

    Also if any of you know of any Puerto Rican Restaurants please let me know! You can post it here as a comment and I will add it to the page!

    February 16, 2010 at 6:51 pm

  • Charlie

    I have been looking to do something like this but you beat me to it.  Thats great, because there are so many of us Boriquas in Cali.  From the High Desert, Victorville, Ca.

    February 16, 2010 at 7:21 pm

  • Charlie

    In Las Vegas there is a Floridas Cafe (Cuban), its’ the closest you will get to Puerto Rican Food.

    February 16, 2010 at 7:22 pm

  • admin

    Hey Charlie! Thank you for the suggestion. Glad you could join us! We’re just getting started and I’m sure you can contribute a lot. Have a great week!

    March 3, 2010 at 11:17 pm

  • Carlos Guerra

    I am so glad that we have this site because what has me baffled is our lack of restaurants but I think I know know why. My family frequented a restaurant in South Gate named “My Old San Juan” that had a fabulous cook.
    My wife and I frequented their establishment 2 to 3 times per week spending good money and would always leave their waitress a generous tip. One day I spoke with the cook who would often sit with her Patrons and hold friendly conversations. I suggested that she should add “Mondongo” to their menu. She was at first extremely resistant to my suggestion because she stated that she has owned restaurants for the majority of her life and as a cooks knows what sells.
    I told her that I was a successful business man and knew that “Mexicans” love “Menudo” in California and that our Puerto Rican “Mondongo” was a lot better then their Menudo which by the way offended my Mexican wife, until she tried our Menudo and agreed!
    I called the restaurant several times until they finally placed it on their Menu & painted it on their windows and guess what?
    They kept selling out of Mondongo and could not keep enough of it in stock how about that!!!  I know because I came and ordered some Mondogo and was told that they sold out, go figure. I know they will not give me credit for this but this is a true story. But they eventually close their doors because I was told the partners Allegedly could not get along?
    The moral of this story is Mexicans will love Mondogo in California, so sell it! Stop trying to sell them just Pasteles!

    March 7, 2010 at 1:02 pm

  • Gina Bet

    Hello. I would really love to try Puerto Rican food. But I live in Los Angeles, do you know if there’s one around downtown L.A. or near because N.H. is a little bit far for me… Thanks

    May 10, 2010 at 8:55 pm

  • chico castillo

    Viva Puerto Rico!!!! All the way from Marina Del Rey

    May 24, 2010 at 3:21 pm

  • Charles Batista

    Hey Gina, North Hollywood is only 15 minutes from downtown.  Go try El Mofongo on Lankershim.  You’ll enjoy it.

    Hey Carlos Guerra, que romance tienes tu con el Mondongo.   :-)   I’m glad you got to enjoy it if only for a brief time.

    June 1, 2010 at 1:59 pm

  • Juan Ramon

    @Carlos Guerra – that is usually the case.  No se porque but we end up peleando por estupideces.  It’s too bad the restaurant closed.  Yo se they would’ve been sucesivo so tuvieron peleando or ser celoso.  I used to live in Oakland, CA and there as a puerto rican restaurant.  They only lasted tres (o cuarto) anos.  I don’t know why they shut down, but el unico restaurant puertorriqueno is in san rafael.  I know cause yo voy a dia de los muertos and then go out to eat with my friends.  Que lastima que no podemos a tener algo que dures.

    June 27, 2010 at 4:13 pm

  • Mellowymala


    I went to CT, Bridgeport to be exact with my ex….I fell in love with this empanada looking dish. It had ground beef and cheese I believe. He took me to a littke whole in the wall that was like a takeout deli-ish place….Just wondering if anyone knew the name of this particular food. It was delish

    August 8, 2010 at 11:48 am

  • Carlos Guerra

    To Charles Batista and Juan Ramon : Charles, my family has to try Monfongos that you have recommended because it sounds really good!  In fact I will have to try some of the local restaurants mentioned on the CaliRicans.Com website.
    And Juan you are correct because our restaurants seem to start doing well and then close down for petty reasons and that is truly sad. We all know that our Mexican brothers love their Menudo and when the Mexican waitress of my favorite PR restaurant convinced the owners to put Mondongo on the menu they could not keep enough in stock but their response was that they could not sell their other products. Well raise the price of your Mondogo and make money that way! Oye mi gente what is going on!!!
    But like Charles Batista stated we have to support their restaurants but they also should listen to their clientele as well. Charles listed several positive suggestions on my blog on this website which if owners read their restaurant businesses would do better in my humble opinion.

    August 9, 2010 at 12:11 pm

  • carlos

    I visited Sol Food in San Rafael…..very far from where i live (sacramento) but the food was off the hook….should definately take the drive

    November 30, 2010 at 11:08 pm

  • Angel Rivera

    Hola a todo mi Gente. I live in Buena Park, Califas And I just want to say that  “Senor Big Eds Puerto- Rican Reasturant in Cypress CA  is the greatest place to eat your favorite Boricua comida. Soy Boriqueno 100% and single and is looking for that one special Foxy Rican who knows how to cook in and out of the kichen.  My intentions are very sincere so I’am respectfully using this avenue to try and touch someones heart. Ckeck out my My Space or Facebook page and send me a message. Only serious ladys please apply. Ofcoure I am only praying for one. Happy New Year 2011, Lets start this new year and become Grand Parents together. 
                                                       Con carino y mucho mas.

    January 2, 2011 at 5:32 pm

  • M. Vasquez

    I’m going to try Big Ed’s in Cypress tomorrow! I’m JapRican and since my grandmother in New York has been too ill to make pasteles I’ve had no recourse living in Orange County, for anything close to her pasteles. There’s plenty of sushi here but not enough Puerto Rican cuisine! Thanks for the lead.

    January 13, 2011 at 4:07 pm

  • melinda

    Hola Angel

      lei tu comentario, interesante se te oye sincero, yo tambien soy boricua 100% , no he ido a el festival de San Dimas pero fui al de long beach hace un tiempo, pero estuvo chevere…
    no vivimos tan lejos de uno al otro…

    February 8, 2011 at 1:35 pm

  • Virginia Rivera Holdinski

    Happy Valentines Day to all our beautiful people.

    Virginia at the beach

    February 11, 2011 at 2:54 pm

  • Rafael Garcia Carrion

    Hello Borinqueno’s
    I live in the Inland Empire, east of Los Angeles and I make traditional Puerto Rican Pasteles.  Pasteles in Spanish literally means pastry or cake.  However, in the dialect of Puerto Rican, un Pastel is a Puerto Rican Tamale, so to speak,  One has to have an acquired taste for this delicacy.  The dough is made up with a mixture of plantains, potatoes and poi/tarrot root or as we say in Puerto Rico, to the best of my spelling ability, yautia.   At home, my mother always made her pasteles with beef.  I was in my thirties when I learned that most people eat pasteles with pork.   So, I make my traditional beef pasteles and I will also make them with pork.  My wife recently suggested I try shrimp.  Guess what, it turned out pretty good.  So I will make more shrimp pasteles.  A co-worker is a vegetarian and so I am going to try pasteles with diffenet cheeses to see which cheese will blend well with the unique flavor and texture of los pasteles.  My mother was from Yuquiyu (Luquillo) Carrion Mercado and my father was from Vieques, Garcia Rivera.  They came to N.Y. in the early thirties and I was born in the Bronx.   I’m a Vietnam Vet. My brother Greg is a Korean War vet.  My brother Joe was on board a destroyer during the Cuban Missile crisis and my Tio Benigno was in WW II.  I was looking up the Borinquen Post of the American Legion in Cali when I ran into this site. God Bless – California Ralph

    April 2, 2011 at 7:44 pm

  • Jose Luis

    There any website that i can buy souvenirs from Puerto rico?

    April 20, 2011 at 4:53 pm

  • admin

    Jose Luis, there is a great site I have purchased souvenirs from: Souveniles de Puerto Rico http://souveniles.com Enjoy :)

    April 26, 2011 at 9:02 pm

  • Natie

    My family had a Puerto Rican/Mexican Restaurant in Pasadena, CA.  It has since closed.  I know there was a Cuban restaurant on Sierra Madre Blvd. cross street Michilinda.  Same shopping center as Albertsons.  However, I have not been there in a while since I moved away from the area.  I also remember there was a great Cuban/Puerto Rican restaurant in Glendale.  I can’t remember the name now.  If anyone knows about it, let us know.  I am in the process of checking with some friends that advised me of Puerto Rican restaurants in LA county. When I know I will definitely pass the word.  Thank you for doing this.  I am sure it is a lot of work.  I know I appreciate the effort you put into updating this website!  I am sure I am not the only Rican around here that appreciates it!!  Huepa!!!!  Thanks again!!

    April 27, 2011 at 1:59 am

  • Empanatie's :)-

    Ah Driante!!  I forgot to mention, I make killer Empanadas!!  I make them fresh to order.  I live in the San Gabriel Valley and deliver (in the San Gabriel Valley).  I make them with beef, pork, or chicken.  I also make veggie ones for our vegetarian friends.  If you want to order some, post a message here and I will check into it for you.  If you do not live in the area, I can ship them to you!!  I have shipped them to Chicago, New York, Maine, Oregon, Texas, and of course all over California.  For information, post a message to “Empanatie’s” :)~  I will follow up with you.  Que viva Puerto Rico!!

    April 27, 2011 at 2:13 am

  • Cafetera

    The Cuban restaurant in Glendale is called Portos and it’s on Brand Avenue. It’s delicious and it’s very affordable

    June 8, 2011 at 12:42 pm

  • Cafetera

    Here’s all the info, Porto’s actually has three locations, one in Downey, Burbank and the original in Glendale

    Porto’s BakeryPorto’s Bakery, 315 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale, CA 91203-2303
    (818) 956-5996  http://www.portosbakery.com/bakery/all

    Also, there is a Cuban Restaurant (as close to Puertorican food as you’ll get) in Pomona: CocoPalm, 1600 Fairplex Dr.,  Pomona, CA 91768-1237, Phone (909) 469-1965, http://www.cocopalmrestaurant.com

    Good food, and they have live salsa on Friday’s w/free salsa lessons.

    June 8, 2011 at 12:51 pm

  • Carlos Guerra

    Oye mi Gente, don’t forget to sign up for http://www.BoricuaConnect.Com which is linked to this website and links Boricuas all over the world!

     Just sharing the information.  Btw, I am still in search of great Mondongo!  WEPA!!!

    June 30, 2011 at 1:43 pm

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