I admit it. I have a soft spot for Old San Juan. I think that there is something magical about a place steeped in history where the past and present perfectly intertwine. The Old City has something for everyone (historical sites, theatre, art galleries, restaurants, and bars just to name a few of its offerings). Even though I worked there for almost 10 years, I never get tired of visiting, walking down its beautiful cobblestoned streets, and finding out what is new in the area.
There is no doubt that San Sebastian Street (one of the most famous streets in Old San Juan) has been experiencing a transformation. From beer gardens to wine bars, it is a great spot for a night out on the town. The restaurant scene appears to be keeping up as well. One of the most recent examples is Bistro Burger.
As soon as you walk in to Bistro Burger, you can feel the artistic and laid back atmosphere. The furnishings are all made from recycled materials; I particularly enjoyed the wooden pallet tables and the beautiful bar.
Fernando and I were craving burgers, so last week we stepped in for lunch at Bistro Burger. The restaurant offers an extensive build your own burger menu with various choices of breads, meats, cheeses and every imaginable topping. You can also choose one of the scrumptious burger creations they have to offer named after local artists from Old San Juan. They also offer 19 different types of sauces you can top your burger with or use for dipping (YUM!).
Following the recommendation of our server, we started our meal with the Ropa Vieja Rolls (Spring Rolls filled with Ropa Vieja). They were just a party of flavors in my mouth. It was love at first bite! As a plus, they are topped with spicy mayo sauce and sit on a bed of a delicious aioli sauce. Who would have thought all of these flavors went so well together. They are definitely a must try when you visit Burger Bistro.
Fernando ordered the Dafne Elvira (focaccia Bread, beef, chorizo, Muenster cheese, red onions, acerola ketchup, and spicy mayo). As a side, he ordered the Yucca Sticks with the Aioli Mayo and the Recao and Cilantro Aioli sauces.
I ordered the Rene Benvenutti (Brioche bread, beef, veal, caramelized onions, and Fontina cheese). As my side, I ordered the wedge fries with the Aioli sauce.
Both burgers were flavorful, juicy, and perfectly cooked. Each bite was simply mouthwatering! The Yucca Sticks were crunchy on the outside and slightly tender on the inside. They tasted even better when dipped into the special sauces we ordered. The wedge fries were delicious and just the right portion to complement the burger.
What sets Bistro Burger apart is that they purchase all of their high quality products from local providers. This ensures freshness and quality every time. Not only are their meats amazing, but also the bread is to die for! The geniuses behind the bread at Burger Bistro are Baguettes de Puerto Rico, a Ponce based company dedicated to the confection of artisanal breads.
At Burger Bistro you get quality food as well as attentive and friendly service at great affordable prices. I am already looking forward to my next visit.