Author: richard (---.hsd1.dc.comcast.net)
Date: 11-30-07 21:04
the best selections of groceries are a few blocks off the main road to Flamenco, you may want to consider (if you do get a jeep/Thing for part of your stay) to bring a few basics (things close early) and do it near the start to stock up the room rather than wandering around and trying to catch a publico (even the coolest 2 yo. gets cranky after all) and then give yourself an overview tour of the island while you're at it.
I don't think the publicos run after the last ferry w/o prior arrangements. although some have offered after hours "taxi" service, I've heard you can't really plan on being able to use them as such even on call.
B. Rosa's has reasonably priced comfort food for all ages. and again the burger at El Batey takes forever, but really darn good. there's also that criollo place across and north from the airport with a porch, bare bones but good honest food - arroz con pollo with beans (con frijoles? - my Spanish is horrendous) seemed to be the specialty. I def. recommend the pastellitos at the kioskos on the beach, esp. the pulpo.
anyone have input on Tina's these days? I heard she'd sold to relatives and haven't been able to check it out the last coupla times. it was really great and basic, served on a screened-in porch in the 'hood behind the school playground.
Colmado Milka is the one across from el Eden, right? if you're in there - keep looking around - the place is a rabbit warren of small rooms and it seems like I always find an alcove or room I didn't see before, they have more than meets the eye.
but each of the colmados has their own attraction.
with a kid (or picky adult companions) I would think the key is to remember you can't run out to a 7-11 or Safeway, so it's all about contingency planning.