Rough Guide to Puerto Rico that pointed me in the direction of Cafeteria Mallorca, an Old San Juan institution where I made a breakfast of grilled sweet pastry filled with cheese. Ooooh yeah...
With its brown, orange and yellow 60s era decor and black capped and uniformed waitstaff Cafeteria Mallorca has a great classic diner feel. I ordered a Mallorca with cheese though in retrospect, it would not have been bad with a little bacon or ham.
The soft sweet pastry from the window was sliced and stuffed with American cheese and grilled. Sort of a Puerto Rican version of Shopsin's So Good.
The outside provided a nice little bit of crunch and the inside reached that melty goo perfection that you get from good old American cheese. And I can't say I minded the generous sprinkle of powdered sugar on the outside. Delicious.
I had never heard of Mallorcas until I visited San Juan, so I was surprised I got back to the States to discover that Starbucks is serving their own "Mallorca Sweet Breads"--and apparently has been since 2009.
I picked up one of the Starbucks Mallorcas at a shop in Connecticut. Their Mallorcas were sweeter and more lemony than the ones from Cafeteria Mallorca and definitely could have benefited from some melty cheese filling--then again most things could benefit from melty cheese filling...
300 Calle San Francisco
San Juan, PR 00933