Piñones en Orlando

Restaurant Details

For some, the thought of purchasing a meal from a trailer parked behind a dingy gas station on a busy intersection might conjure up visions of dysentery. But for others, particularly the city's Puerto Rican populace, that trailer equates to nothing short of street-food heaven. Named after a picturesque seaside hang east of San Juan, Piñones en Orlando is a popular draw for Latino club kids jonesing for a late-night/early-morning nosh, as well as the noontime crowd, many of whom resort to parking across the street because of the dearth of parking spots available behind the gas station. During busier times, it's not unusual to see three cooks manning the cramped kitchen, styrofoaming and cupping traditional P.R. fare. Pork may be the meat of choice on the Caribbean isle, but the focus here is on seafood. Named after a picturesque seaside hang east of San Juan, Piñones en Orlando is a popular draw for Latino club kids jonesing for a late-night/early-morning nosh, as well as the noontime crowd, many of whom resort to parking across the street because of the dearth of parking spots available behind the gas station. During busier times, it's not unusual to see three cooks manning the cramped kitchen, styrofoaming and cupping traditional P.R. fare. Pork may be the meat of choice on the Caribbean isle, but the focus here is on seafood. Mofongo relleno, a heap of garlic-flecked, mashed green plantains stuffed with your choice of anything from conch to lobster, is one of Puerto Rico's national dishes. It's a dense and filling concoction that won't suit all tastes, but it's made here from scratch. Lighter appetites might prefer cocktail cups called vasitos, seafood in a seasoned marinade of oil, garlic, onion and green pepper. The shrimp version ($6), with about 15-20 plumpers, is utterly refreshing on sweltering days. Asopao (a hearty gumbo with your choice of chicken or shellfish), whole fried snapper and a host of other daily specials are also offered. Mofongo relleno, a heap of garlic-flecked, mashed green plantains stuffed with your choice of anything from conch to lobster, is one of Puerto Rico's national dishes. It's a dense and filling concoction that won't suit all tastes, but it's made here from scratch. Lighter appetites might prefer cocktail cups called vasitos, seafood in a seasoned marinade of oil, garlic, onion and green pepper. The shrimp version ($6), with about 15-20 plumpers, is utterly refreshing on sweltering days. Asopao (a hearty gumbo with your choice of chicken or shellfish), whole fried snapper and a host of other daily specials are also offered. Talk about your good P.R.

Map

Nearby

  • or

Newsletters

Join Orlando Weekly Newsletters

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Orlando's $12 million ‘Overjoy’ home is an art-deco palace with its own custom theater and floating glass elevator

A modern art-deco mansion is for sale in Windermere, and it comes with its own in-home theater, infinity pool, outdoor glass garden…

By OW Staff

Orlando's $12 million 'Overjoy' home is an art-deco palace with its own custom theater and floating glass elevator
69 slides

Orlando music fans turned out to trade media and catch some live sounds at the Local Music Merch Swap

Local music aficionados turned out in force to Stardust Video + Coffee last weekend for the 3rd Annual Local Music Merch Swap…

By Michael Lothrop

Local Music History
37 slides

Everything we saw at Lydia Lunch's return to Orlando at the Timucua Arts house

Underground music icon Lydia Lunch made her semi-annual return to Orlando on Monday with Joseph Keckler. And the sold-out crowd was there for…

By Jim Leatherman

Everything we saw at Lydia Lunch's return to Orlando at the Timucua Arts house
59 slides

This luxury Orlando home on its own mini peninsula is on the market right now

A luxuriously elegant Butler Chain of Lakes peninsula estate is now on the market in Orlando. Located at 9275 Point Cypress Drive,…

By OW Staff

This luxury Orlando home sits on its own mini peninsula and is on the market now
90 slides