La Bombonera was the place that taught me to enjoy the One True Puerto Rican breakfast: mallorca con jamón y queso. The sweet roll is first coated in butter, filled with layers of ham and cheese, then sandwiched between a griddle before being covered in a thick dusting of powdered sugar. My mom enjoys hers with a cup of hot chocolate, though I'm a café con leche kinda girl. I tried the combo at a couple of places around the Old San Juan when I worked at the newly opened Starbucks the summer after graduating high school, but none of them ever lived up to La Bombonera's signature menu item, and to this day I still dream about the gooey, salty, greasy and sugary mess of my youth and wonder when the first Washington, DC, Puerto Rican breakfast spot will ever open...
- Nicole Capó Martínez, founder of Curandera Club
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