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Café Tomas/Café Tompy

Café Tomas/Café Tompy (76 Calle Isabel, Ponce) — The more visible and busier section of this establishment functions as a simple cafe for neighbors and local merchants. At plastic tables often flooded with sunlight from the big windows, you can order coffee, sandwiches, or cold beer, perhaps while relaxing after a walking tour of the city. The family-run restaurant in back is more formal. Here, amid a decor reminiscent of a Spanish tasca (tapas bar), you can enjoy such simply prepared dishes as salted filet of beef, beefsteak with onions, four kinds of asopao, buttered eggs, octopus salads, and yucca croquettes.