Restaurante La Guardarraya

Top choice puerto rican in Yauco & Around

You’ll see the signs announcing chuletas can can island-wide, but this 1957 institution, on stilts in a tropical forest clearing outside Yauco, is the place that invented the dish. What is it? A slab of pork, with the ribs and fat left on, prepared with delicate cuts so the fat blossoms when deep-fried to resemble the underskirt of a cancan dancer.

Sided with rice, beans and plantains, chuletas can can makes for an amazing (if decadent) meal, and the historical ambience of the restaurant with its well-groomed waiters ensures this is among Puerto Rico's best dining experiences. It roasts its own coffee on-site too.