Cafe Central | West Town/Noble Square | Latin American | Restaurant
This family-owned cafe serves an extensive menu of traditional Puerto Rican favorites and lots of seafood.

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Open since 1952, this family-owned cafe serves an extensive menu of traditional Puerto Rican favorites and lots of seafood. Hearty home-style meals begin with specialties like mofongo (balls of mashed plantains mixed with garlic and bits of crushed pork crackling), alcapurrias (fritters made from a puree of plantains and yautia, a starchy white root related to taro that's stuffed with ground beef), and pionono (sweet plantain fritters stuffed with ground beef). Diners not full from the appetizers can move on to heaping platters of bistec encebollado (loin steak with onions), fried chicken, pork chops, and other comfort food; or jibaritos, steak or roast pork sandwiches served on plantains instead of bread. For dessert there's papaya con queso or casos de guayaba con queso (papaya chunks or guava shells with cheese) and vanilla flan, and the beverage menu includes a dozen flavors of Goya juice. On weekends the cafe is crowded with families, many of whom come for the specials, such as bacalao guisado (codfish stew), mondongo (tripe soup), and, for those craving the flavors of the old country, cuchifrito (fried pig's ears).

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