This is the fifth time I go to this place and they have never disappointed me. The food is excellent. This is real, authentic, puertorrican seafood in the middle of the seafood scene in Salinas, a southern coastal town of Puerto Rico. The physical layout of the place is very simple and charming; a second floor, air conditioned, dining area, enclosed by windows with views of the Salinas bay, surrounded by mangroves.
The menu is very characteristic of the area, yet they somehow make it very special. If the fish is not fresh, they will not offer it to you, as has been my experience. Fried whole red Snapper, “Chillo”, is a must, if available, as is the Queen Snapper or “Cartucho”.
As an appetizer we always have the “muslitos de pescao” or fish thighs. This is a small local fish “Arrayao” or Lane Snapper, deboned -except for the tail-. Then it is opened down the middle, battered and deep fried. When they bring it to the table, most first timers think it is deep fried shrimp. This local specialty is super delicious, as are the “chicharrones de mero”, or grouper rinds. Again, battered and deep fried pieces of grouper. Both come with a variety of local dipping sauces. Also, their tostones and mofongo (both plain and stuffed), a plantain-based local staple, are some of the best I’ve tried, and mind you, I’m a local.
The service is several notches above what you would expect for a local criollo restaurant, and it has more to do with how warm these people are than their technical expertise. They treat you like family and that what’s important when you go to one of our local restaurants.
Try El Dorado in Salinas, you won’t be disappointed.
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