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Celebrating Thanksgiving in Puerto Rico

By November 20, 2012

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Puerto Ricans make rather a big deal of Thanksgiving. And like so many Puerto Rican festivities, it all starts with the food. A Puerto Rican Thanksgiving menu is a delicious variation on the typical meal stateside (if you've never tried it, me and my 20 extra pounds happily vouch for it!). But you don't need to knock on doors in the suburbs until someone lets you in to try pavochón, tembleque, arroz con gandules and other goodies. Here are a few places around the city where you can enjoy a 'Rican-flavored or traditional Thanksgiving Feast on Thursday.

  • Koco at the El San Juan Hotel presents a Thanksgiving lunch headlined by a Caribbean spice-rubbed free range turkey breast roasted with jerk butter, served with arroz con gandules, potato and root vegetable, gratin, cranberry pepper jelly, sweet grilled corn and gravy.
  • The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan has themed menus at three of its restaurants: Mares offers a buffet, Il Mulino presents Thanksgiving with Italian flair, and BLT Steak has Thanksgiving all over its blackboard menu.
  • Embassy Suites has a traditional buffet for turkey day.
  • At the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino's flagship restaurant, Texas de Brazil, you can enjoy the regular men of all-you-can-eat roast meats as well as turkey, gravy, sweet potato casserole and house-made cranberry sauce.
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