This 105-year-old lunch counter and bakery, a stone's throw from the port in Old San Juan, is where to come for a perfect café con leche (poured from a 1940's coffee maker) and a plate of mallorcas (light, buttery pastries, sprinkled with powdered sugar). The place became famous when Rachael Ray featured it on her show in 2005; though the cracked-leather booths here are often filled, it's worth braving the crowds.
Tip: It might seem counterintuitive, but try a mallorca grilled with ham and cheese. The delicious combination of salty and sweet has made it the most popular dish here.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.