Me and my wife took the Sunday to go out and explore the north side of the island and visit some places I had heard about as being a great experience. Our first stop was at Cueva Ventana in Arecibo, a must see destination to learn more about Puerto Rico, its topography and the Taino indians. We then decided to explore Lago Dos Bocas to visit a restaurant for dinner, which is no more than 10 minutes away from Cueva Ventana as you continue to travel south on PR-10. Just with the first glance to the lake you will find a hidden paradise deep in the Utuado Mountains. The lake is absolutely beautiful surrounded by the mountains. Once there, you will find personnel from the different restaurants greeting you and advertising their business in a friendly manner. They will provide you orientation regarding their menu. To get across the lake you have two options to choose from. Either you take the public ferry/boat that sails off every hour on the hour and you can decide during the trip at what restaurant you will get off (with no commitment to any restaurant), or if you happen to make a decision while at port, you can just jump on the boat of that specific restaurant which will sail off about every 15 minutes. Reviewing the menus and making your selection while at port would be my recommendation because the restaurant boats come and go very fast at no specific time and you do not have to wait one full hour for the next public ferry to sail off in case you missed it like it happened to us. The public ferry does not sit many people and you could easily stay behind for the next hour. Once you made it into whatever boat you get in, the trip across the lake is fascinating. The scenery is second to none for outdoor experience, the wind hits your face and the mountains take over the moment. We decided to go with El Fogon de Abuela restaurant. We had not heard anything from them before nor reviewed the restaurant prior to getting there, so it was just a leap of faith. However, aren't we glad we made that decision. Once there we were greeted by the host. Because they were very busy and full, we went over to the waiting area, which is a balcony with the lake view and even a Hammock to get in if you want to. The wait was no longer than 10 minutes. We got seated and met our waitress Alejandra, a 17 year old young lady who happens to be the granddaughter of the Abuela. She introduced us to their menu in detail and took our order. But as she kept coming back to the table, I kept asking her questions about the restaurant, the family history, the lake, the government program for the ferry, etc, etc, etc. And I really mean etc, etc, etc. Alejandra was not bother by my questions at any time. She was friendly, happy, intelligent, and open to conversation. My wife ordered the Mofongo w/ Pollo al Aljillo (garlic dressing chicken) and I ordered the Arroz con Gandules, carne mechada, with Mofongo and green salad on the side. The food wait was a bit long, but understandably so with the volume of customers they had. We kept talking to Alejandra who shared with us her upbringing, her goal in life like her desire to purse a career in biology and veterinarian. Once the food arrived the presentation was awesome and well plated with traditional garnishes. The portions are HUGE, some make sure you are HUNGRY!! The taste was delicious with great puertorican cuisine flavors. After the dinner we got off our table to get closer to the balcony and admire the beauty of the mountains at the same time we made room for dessert. Alejandra kept coming back to us to make sure we were enjoying our visit and I kept involving her in conversation. She took the time to show us the restaurant photo album that has a collection of newspaper articles about the restaurant over the course of the years. Sadly after about 3 hours (around 6:30 p.m.) it was time to say goodbye and head back to the other side of the lake. We took a big hug from Alejandra and went on our way with one of the most memorable experiences that will forever live in our heart and a new friend…Alejandra. I STRONGLY recommend you visit El Fogon de la Abuela, for a delicious meal, friendly environment, and a great taste of Puerto Rico mountains. The restaurant atmosphere is family oriented with great view to the lake. Please note this is one place you cannot expect to go visit and get in and our in one hour. You must understand this is a remote place across a huge lake, you have to take a boat, and there is a high volume of visitors JUST LIKE YOU that will be there. That means it will take time to live the experience. You must have at least 4 hours for the entire experience. If you want a quick meal and keep on with you day, you are better off stopping at Burger King. They sure will get you on your way fast.
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