Danny's International

July 03, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Puerto Rican sampler Just a few short blocks away from our hotel was Danny's International restaurant; it's a laid back, casual, and a local eatery serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner to patrons wandering around Condado. We actually passed Danny's a few times walking up and down the street while trying to figure out where we were going to eat, but one busy night steered us to this place. There's nothing fancy or snazzy about its exterior, compared to the other competitive restaurants, but its simple green awning and slightly raised outdoor deck makes it a welcome sight for those who prefer to people-watch. Well, people like me, I guess.


Puerto Rican pizza

Because most of the other places we checked out were busy or crowded, we ended up at Danny's---something as a last resort---but, surprisingly, its food didn't disappoint. Not to be confused with the American Denny's restaurant, Danny's is somewhat similar, but also offers local Puerto Rican cuisine, mostly in the form of appetizers. Pictured above is Danny's Puerto Rican sampler; empanadas, alcapurrias, and fried plantains. Most of the appetizers featured American favorites, such as chicken wings and a variety of salads. I would, however, skip their Italian section as it doesn't compare to the other Italian restaurant across the street (which was jam packed the night we ate dinner), and instead try their pizzas. We ordered a large Puerto Rican pizza, which was big enough for the three of us and tasted like heaven. It didn't look like much, when the waitress first presented it, having just some mushrooms and pieces of chicken spread with cheese. However, what set my taste buds on fire was its crust and cheese. There was a hint of cinnamon and sugar mixed with the spices that made me dream of its taste later on that night. It was intoxicating and I will rarely rave about a pizza unless there's something unusual or unique about it. Danny's Puerto Rican pizza was a winner in my book.

Dining out at Danny's

Because Danny's is open from 7am - 1am, it makes it an ideal place for breakfast and late dinners, especially if other nearby restaurants are crowded. Most entrees run from $8 to $15, which is the norm for restaurants in the area, but their pizzas are worth it. Nothing really stood out in their menu, particularly with its large sandwich and Italian selections, but it's worth trying the few Puerto Rican food that they offer. Because we had breakfast at Danny's one morning, I do have to commend their breakfast menu and the huge portions that they serve. Breakfast is comparatively cheaper than dinner, of course, and you can get a full plate of pancakes, bacon, eggs, and toast for under $6. Compared to a breakfast platter at the Marriott for $15 a person, Danny's was a much better alternative and just a short distance away.


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