NAME: Rincon Tropical 
TITLE: “Lied about their Seafood” [Tripadvisor, review #42, 2 March 2014]
SUMMARY: They lied about their fish and its freshness. Average to poor local food. They are badly over rated online and said they do not like tourists. I cannot recommend them. Their online reviews are misleading.
RANKING: Poor. 27TH out of 62 Restaurants in Rincon is incorrect
TELEPHONE: (787) 823-2017
WEB PAGE: http://rinconpr.com/rincontropical/
HOURS OF OPERATION: 11 am to 9 pm
LAYOUT: An open air bar with patio furniture. Some distance from the highway fumes and noise. Large parking lot. Not a bad location.
LOCALITY: Turn left out of the Rincon of the Seas Hotel and take the first right. Otherwise it is difficult to find. Their sign is hidden. They know this and do not care (I asked them). Their online kilometer statement of 12.0 is incorrect. They told me they know this is wrong and have not corrected it because they do all their business with locals and do not care about tourists.
VIEW: They have no view. However, Cattle Egrets walked right up to our table. 
DIFFICULTY LOCATING: bad.
OCCASION: A couple for lunch. The online reviews attracted me, but the were misleading and incorrect.
PARKING: easy, ample
SPECIALS: They post specials on a chalkboard. They had non-seafood specials for locals.
AIR-CONDITIONED: open air, rustic, wooden bar and grill
FURNITURE: patio, but comfortable
CUISINE: Puerto Rican
MENU FORMAT: Well done in color with pictures
MENU ITEMS: normal stuff
WAITRESS: Waiter was efficient, polite, and amusing. His English was probably better than ours.
ENTRÉE: They claimed to have fresh Mahi Mahi (Dolphin)  in butter sauce. The fish was not Dolphin because [A] You cannot cut a thin fillet from a Dolphin. [B] The meat was tender, but Dolphin is firm. [C] It tasted “fishy,” but Dolphin is delicately flavored and not fishy. [D] The markings in the flesh were wrong. The fish had been badly frozen since the edges were frayed and the color gray. The sauce was not butter, watery, and flavorless. The chicken pieces were over done and tasteless. How can anyone make bad fried food?
SIDES: Their tostones were okay. Their mofungo was poor and their broth tasteless.
SILVERWARE: flimsy plastic
SERVING TIME: a little slow, but acceptable
COST COMPARISON: Most items on their menu are the same price you would see in a real restaurant. There are no bargains here.
SECURITY: Puerto Ricans are the nicest and most gracious people on earth; however, I would not ever go any place where I was not wanted. Tourists are most welcome other places.
COMPARISONS: I liked the similar Tropical Gourmet Restaurant better. I actually prefer 61 other restaurants in Rincon over the Rincon Tropical.
PROBLEMS: [A] They should have not have given the wrong fish to a seafood specialist. [B] They should not have called a badly frozen fish “fresh.” [C] How could they prepare a fish so badly that it was contaminated with bone fragments? [D] Use butter in sauce when it is ordered. [E] Do not over cook the chicken.
AWARDS: Their 2013 Certificate of Excellence should be revoked.
RECOMMENDATIONS: [A] Do not lie about your fish. [B] Do not lie about freshness. [C] Learn how to prepare a fish. [D] Use butter in your butter sauce. [E] Learn how to cook. [F] Never lie to the Pirate.
HISTORY: We had never been there before and we will never be back. They once had breadfruit tostones. A rarity in Puerto Rico these days. They once had air-condition seating, but no more.
 This is one of the places the locals really love. With all due respect to Puerto Ricans (People tell me I am a Puerto Rican, now, which the Pirate considers an honor), they mostly like chicken and fried foods.
 I have never seen “trained” (= fed) Cattle Egrets before. The “tame’ birds were Pearly-eyed Thrashers at the Tamboo Tavern. If you do not want “Big Bird” scaring your children, then you may not wish to come here.
 This was a large, but very thin fish. I expect that it was a filefish or a triggerfish, and probably a White-spotted Filefish. There is nothing wrong with this fish, but please tell me the truth.
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