Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

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His tenure at 1919 ($$$)—the new restaurant inside San Juan’s historic Condado Vanderbilt Hotel, whose rooms will reopen in mid-2013—has been brief. But native son Juan José Cuevas has already created something other Puerto Rican chefs only talk about: a menu dedicated almost entirely to island ingredients. Cuevas is one of the reasons food lovers are homing in on P.R. Another? Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve ($$$$$)—which opened last month 30 miles west of the capital—where culinary wizard José Andrés showcases his own versions of such classic dishes as lechón asado (roast suckling pig).

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Puerto Rico

His tenure at 1919 ($$$)—the new restaurant inside San Juan’s historic Condado Vanderbilt Hotel, whose rooms will reopen in mid-2013—has been brief. But native son Juan José Cuevas has already created something other Puerto Rican chefs only talk about: a menu dedicated almost entirely to island ingredients. Cuevas is one of the reasons food lovers are homing in on P.R. Another? Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve ($$$$$)—which opened last month 30 miles west of the capital—where culinary wizard José Andrés showcases his own versions of such classic dishes as lechón asado (roast suckling pig).

Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

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