The d of the tiny stand recalls Old San Juan, with endless banana palms and brightly colored walls. Because of his restaurant’s delightfully cramped space, Hernandez is forced to use the freshest food, most of it organic. Try the free range pollo al horno next time you’re in San Rafael, and you’ll praise the mighty Puerto Rico (wherever the hell it is).
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