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“The only place we ate at twice”
Review of La Gran Parada - CLOSED

La Gran Parada
Price range: US$6 - US$25
Cuisines: Caribbean, Puerto Rican
Good for: Local cuisine
Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Houston, TX
Level 5 Contributor
81 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“The only place we ate at twice”
Reviewed 29 May 2014

The title of this review says it all. I had to make sure the mofongo was as good as I thought it was the first time. Be advised: they accept cash only!

  • Visited October 2013
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  • English first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Cambridge, Massachusetts
1 review
“Best food of our trip”
Reviewed 25 April 2014

This restaurant - cash only - is nothing to look at. It looks like a little roadside bar. But the food was so delicious. We went with a party of 4 adults, one child, and ordered a bunch of things to share. The mofongo and mofonguitos were excellent. We all loved the coconut rice and grilled shrimp. The mamposteado was good enough to take home for breakfast. My kid dug the chicken wings and the rice and beans. Full bar, although no wine.

Visited April 2014
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Maryland
Level 6 Contributor
140 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
“CASH ONLY (for the best mofongo on the island!)”
Reviewed 24 April 2014

Head's up - La Gran Parada does NOT take debit or credit cards, so bring cash!

That being said, blink and you’ll miss it! A local’s place on 200/201, and recommended to us from someone who lives on Vieques, we ate here twice, enjoying their outstanding shrimp mofongo, chicken mofongo, and mamposteao, which is best described as a side dish of cheesy rice and beans. We sampled mofongo at various places in Vieques during our week-long stay, and La Gran Parada's was the clear winner. Delicious.

The décor is very, very simple, though the service varies. Our first night we were served by Carlos, who was very warm and hospitable, making for an enjoyable and pleasant meal. Our second time, we were served by a female waitress who never identified herself, and gave us the minimum amount of attention required. Honestly, this is the only reason La Gran Parada rates four instead of five stars – and it pains me to do so, because the food is just that good.

Generally speaking, it is not the kind of restaurant experience you’ll find in town or in Esperanza, but if you are looking for a quality (inexpensive) meal, and you know what to expect in terms of ambiance and service, it’s worth the visit.

  • Visited April 2014
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Fairfield, California
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Food was pretty good, but service slow”
Reviewed 6 April 2014

We thought we had plenty of time, but food took almost an hour to be prepared and we ended up getting it to go. Seafood rice dish was quite tasty.

Visited April 2014
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1 review
“best place on vieques”
Reviewed 6 April 2014

Unfortunately we found this on our last night. The guy bartending was amazing letting us sample a few menu items. I lost my debit card that night! He got it to me at the airport the next day. Loooved this place. I cant wait to revisit this week.

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank emtgates
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