My second love in life behind food is to travel. I love everything about it – from the airport to the flight, the anticipation of takeoff, being and learning somewhere new, and trying new restaurants! I recently took a trip to Puerto Rico, it was my first time, I was very glad to be in the warm weather in December and ready to leave the touristy areas to try out some more local flavor. We headed out to meet with a friend of a friend, Javier at the Intercontinental, and he suggested we check out Los Kioscos De Luquillo if we wanted to grab some food, saying it was some of the best local fare around. Armed with google maps and our rented Wrangler, we headed out there. Thanks Javier, we were definitely not disappointed by what we found there, the meal at Edelweiss was great.
Los Kioscos – “The Kiosks” – look almost exactly what they sound like. It’s a very long row, about a quarter of a mile long, of restaurants, bars and souvenir shops situated end over end along the north side of Route 3 between Playa Fortuna and Luquillo. There are a variety of places here to eat at, Edelweiss, Ceviche Hut (more on this one another day), El Jefe Burger Shack, Capone’s Pizza, and more – it’s a nice hotbed of deliciousness. From the outside Edelweiss is very simple. A wide open space within the walls of the ‘kiosk’ with tables moderately space. There’s a bar when you walk in to the left, it wraps around along the front door once the folding partition at the window is opened. When you look dead at the space from the entrance you can see through the restaurant to the Atlantic ocean. A very beautiful site and you can sit at the back of the restaurant to get a closer view but be warned, there is a road behind the row of restaurants so you will be occasionally disturbed.
The menu was a weird mashup of like every type of food. The owner said to us that the focus was on both Puerto Rican and European fare which is evident. There are burgers, steaks, soups and salads as the traditional western cuisine, bratwursts are featured for German style food and then at the back of the menu is a category for Puerto Rican dishes. When in Rome, right? I ordered an Octopus Mofongo, a side of tostones (platano overdose I know) and started off with a nice cold Medalla beer.
The mofongo was gorgeous. I ordered it criollo style per the owner’s recommendation and it was terrific. First, the octopus cooked in the sauce was colorful and vibrant, a great juxtaposition to the mofongo. The mofongo itself was garnished with oregano, the green touching off the brown of the plantains. The side salad also popped vibrantly. It was as if an artist had come out to the back of the restaurant and plated the dish, it was very simple but very pretty. I love seafood so I dove right into the octopus. It was fresh and dead on, neither overly mushy nor overcooked to the point of making it miserable. The sauce, while good, drowned out the octopus and its accompaniment. Mofongo can be too dry and ball up in your throat but this was spot on. Overall it was an extremely enjoyable meal. I was also able to try some of the Churrasco, and that was pretty good as well.
We hung out at the bar for a good while longer then sped off to visit El Yunque rain forest. Edelweiss Grill was great to us, we even went back the next day. The food was good, drinks strong, and the owner – Guillermo – was awesome to talk to. We joked about it when we left but now we can tell friends that visit Puerto Rico that we know a little spot they have to try.
Out of Towner – Edelweiss Grill Review reviewed by Well Fed on December 23, 2014 rated 4.5 of 5