Ruta de la Longaniza
PR-155 and PR-156, Orocovis
Longaniza is an intensely flavorful, slightly spicy sausage, made from pork or chicken (sometimes a mix), served chopped up on a platter with a side of tostones, cooked into the rice, or stuffed into a mofongo. And the best place to find longaniza is Orocovis, a small rural town boasting some of the most spectacular views of Puerto Rico's central mountain range.
La Ruta de la Longaniza (the Longaniza Route) winds along the PR-155 and PR-156 roads, and it's the ideal scenario for a little weekend chinchorreo (the Puerto Rican version of bar-hopping). You start early, and throughout the day, you stop at different rustic open-air restaurants, called chinchorros, order drinks and a platter of longaniza along with different fried foods like alcapurrias (root vegetable fritters stuffed with meat), empanadillas (deep-fried empanadas), and rellenos (balls of mashed potatoes stuffed with ground beef) to share, then move on to the next place.
There are 16 restaurants along the route including Bar Restaurante La Sombra, Los Naranjos, Roka Dura, and Doña María. Not officially on the route but also worth the visit is Casa Bavaria, a beer garden serving Puerto Rican and German sausages and beers. Remember to pick a designated driver!
While in Orocovis, be sure to check out Toro Verde