Though I’ve yet to visit the tropical isle of Puerto Rico, I’d like to believe the streets are lined with colorful places like the new and inviting Old San Juan Inn. Located a couple of blocks below San Fernando Road at 2830 Fletcher Dr. on the outer edge of Atwater, the Inn serves “inspired and traditional” Puerto Rican Cuisine.

Brightly colored walls, smartly remodeled seating, and a bilingual, modestly priced menu with friendly, efficient service all add to a pleasant dining experience.

The cooking is straight-forward. A beef stew here is a lot like the same dish that mom prepared at home. Beans arrive whole and nutritious rather than as an oily mush. Less spicy than most Hispanic fare, the only flavor booster is a generous dash of garlic.

I ordered tasty shrimp with a mild wine and garlic sauce, $16. Various fresh fish is abundant here. Most beef and pork dishes are served at $11 and the menu offers a smaller portion and larger portion at sliding prices.

The new owners retained the counter bar with stool seating. There’s beer and wine with a liquor license pending. The Inn opens daily at 11 and serves dinner til 10 Sunday thru Thursday and til midnight Friday and Saturday. They feature takeout and limited delivery service. You may or may not enjoy the authentic background music, but it goes with the total concept. Bueno!

The new Old San Juan Inn provides ample, well lighted parking with comp valet service in the rear and can be reached by visiting This appealing venture is well worth a visit.

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