Fodor's Expert Review Casa Cortés ChocoBar
The Cortés family has been making bean-to-bar chocolate for more than 85 years. In 2013 they opened Puerto Rico's first "choco bar" to share their passion. The walls in this vivid, modern space are decorated with ads from the ’50s, original chocolate bar molds, a time line of chocolate, and two flat screens showing the chocolate-making process. From pastries to tapas, breakfast dishes to panini sandwiches, the chef integrates chocolate into every bite without overpowering. Ripe plantain mofonguitos are filled with chocolate and bacon bits. The panfried jumbo shrimp with a chocolate lemon sauce is delicious. Bonbons, chocolate bars, and even chocolate soaps are available for sale. Locals from all over the metro area flock here for weekend brunch; arrive early to avoid a long wait. On Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday an upstairs gallery offers a glimpse of the family's private contemporary Caribbean art collection.
210 Calle San Francisco
San Juan, n/a Puerto Rico 00901, Puerto Rico