Almost 1 million Puerto Ricans live in Florida. And to find the largest borícua community in the state, just follow the aroma of mofongo, one of the island’s signature dishes, to Orlando.
Made with fried green plantains mashed in a pilón (a wooden mortar and pestle), the traditional entrée is flavored with garlic, olive oil and pork cracklings. Shaped into a cup, the starchy base is usually filled with stewed shrimp, beef, pork, chicken or vegetables.
The gumbo-like island comfort food captures the flavor of Puerto Rico like no other dish. Food Network chef-host Guy Fieri of “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” has called mofongo the "best fried thing I ever ate."
To find its authentic flavor in Orlando, try one of these Puerto Rican hotspots among the many Latin restaurants that have popped up in the area:
- Casa Mofongo, 12001 Avalon Lake Dr. , Orlando, 407-203-6862
- Trópico Mofongo, 3160 Vineland Road, 407-397-7666
- Piñones en Orlando food truck, southwest corner of Conway Road and Curry Ford Road, 321-438-0910
- Lechonera El Jibarito, 1985 S. John Young Parkway, 407-935-0035