El meson escorial: Meson Sandwiches – Fresh from Puerto Rico

Meson Sandwiches – Fresh from Puerto Rico

Meson Sandwiches — the pride of Puerto Rico for over 40 years — has finally arrived in America. Just one bite and you’ll understand why Travel + Leisure magazine ranked Meson Sandwiches one of the best restaurant chains in the world.
Why? Because at Meson Sandwiches we put our heart and soul — to say nothing of the world’s freshest and finest ingredients — into everything we serve, from our handmade sandwiches to our fabulous all-day breakfasts, home baked pastries and fresh-from-the-island coffee.
Yes, the sandwich has landed — right in your back yard!

What’s Hot at Meson Sandwiches

Meson famous coffee

How did our coffee become legendary, even on an island known for coffee? Because we use only the finest hand-selected 100% Arabica beans which we medium roast in the traditional style. The result is a rich hazelnut-colored coffee with pronounced chocolate and floral notes that must be tried to be believed.

Meson Special Sandwich

On those days when no ordinary sandwich will do, it’s time for the Meson Special. The luxury model of the El Meson sandwich line, the Meson Special is an indulgent combination of your favorite meat plus savory-sweet grilled onions and hot, melty Swiss cheese. Go on, live a little.

All Pro Sandwich

The name says it all: this is a sandwich for professionals only! A heaping pile of Virginia ham and peppery pastrami, sweet sautéed onions and rich, melted Swiss cheese, all served hot off the grill on your choice of bread. If you’re a true sandwich lover, it’s time to step up and go Pro!

Rubén Sandwich

Rubén Sandwich may have been invented in Omaha, but it was reinvented at El Meson! Our version starts with a heap of corned beef which we top with grilled onions and melted Swiss cheese — then serve double decker on multigrain bread. Add mustard and mayo!

Picante Pepper Steak Sandwich

This is no ordinary pepper steak‚ it’s picante! Generously spread among those succulent slices of roast beef and melted Swiss cheese is our own fiery secret recipe Meson Sandwiches pimento sauce. Put it all together and you’ve got a rich and beefy hot-but-not-too-hot twist on a classic pepper steak. The perfect sandwich lover’s change of pace.

Our Specialties


Our hot grilled sandwiches have been called some of the best in the world. Which is probably why our customers eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Bursting with the fresh, lively flavors of the Caribbean, they make for an utterly unique sandwich eating experience.

Anytime Breakfasts

Our breakfasts are something else our customers can’t get enough of — which is why we serve them all day long. Stop by anytime of day for one of our famous breakfast sandwiches, breakfast platters, fresh-baked pastries or a cup of our legendary coffee.


Don’t eat meat? You won’t go hungry at El Meson! Our menu has a broad selection of full-flavored meatless items, from our famous sandwiches — with soy salami, turkey, and roast beef if you like — to tempting vegetarian wraps.

Kids & Family

What family isn’t tired of the same old carryout pizza or bucket of chicken? El Meson’s giant Mesotrón is awesomeness — a great value for any picnic, evening meal or office party. Just one easily feeds 4-6 hungry sandwich lovers.

Our Locations

El Mesón Sandwiches — San Juan

26 Tips and reviews


  • sandwiches
  • healthy food
  • good for a quick meal
  • family-friendly
  • authentic
  • breakfast food
  • good for groups
  • coffee
  • great value
  • potatoes
  • cozy
  • casual
  • good for dates
  • chai tea lattes
  • bistros
  • good for a late night
  • turkey
  • cornmeal
  • pita
  • clean
  • (15 more)

  • The Pita Bistro Pavo (Turkey) and the Chai Tea Latte are my favorites!

  • This place could be excellent if they learn how to use the toaster. Damn how can u ask for a grilled cheese and always have to return it cause the cheese is cold??? They use an iron for toasting

  • The Surfer Baked Potato is the best baked potato I’ve ever tried. Great selection of vegetarian sandwiches too.

  • Omg the cubano sandwich 🙌🏽😋 heaven in my mouth


  • Veggie max sandwich!!

  • Check your order before you leave the counter!

  • Los sandwiches ricos, precios de cualquier fastfood pero ingredientes de calidad. Una pena que el personal sea de tan bajo calibre y se ponga a discutir a toda boca mientras uno come (cafres).

  • Siempre pide la azucar para tu cafe, el ketchup para tus papas y el mayo ketchup para tus sorullos.

  • Los antojitos de pavo y sorrullitos de desayuno , super ! Pero el cafe 🙁

  • Me encanta el sándwich medianoche.

  • Minnesota Feast’s Mesotron!!! Lo que sobrò!!!!! Jajajaj

  • ¡La mejor harina de maíz! #ApoyaLoLocal

  • El mejor wi-fi en el área.

  • La papa surfer es la mejor!!

  • Excelente servicio

  • El montecristo con un cafecito, lo mejor

  • De los más ricos.

  • Papa surfer es lo que hay. (Veggie)

  • La papa surfer mi adicción

  • Servicio bastante rápido para ser la hora rush del almuerzo

  • El wi-fi de aqui es el mejor!

  • Whitehouse de pavo !!

  • Una sonrisa por la manana, pricesless

  • I ❤️ crema de maiz

  • Una escoba aqui no seria mala idea.

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residence of Philip II, King of Spain (first part): lovers_of_art — LiveJournal

Escorial Monastery — monastery, palace and residence of King Philip II of Spain. Located an hour from Madrid at the foot of the Sierra de Guadarrama. The architectural complex Escorial evokes a variety of feelings: it is called the «eighth wonder of the world», and «monotonous symphony in stone» and «architectural nightmare».

King Philip II of Spain

Charles V of Habsburg (February 24, 1500, Ghent, Flanders — September 21, 1558, Yuste, Extremadura) — King of Spain (Castile and Aragon), known as Charles I

First Habsburgs
who inherited rich and powerful Spain from the Catholic Monarchs were Charles V and Philip II. This is the time of the dawn of Spanish absolutism, based on the aristocracy and clergy of Spain. A mighty power seized lands all over — from America to Asia.

«The sun never set in my domain» — the Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, «Lord of the Semi-World» Spanish King Charles V liked to say. Indeed, his huge empire was scattered over four continents, three Americas and former colonies Portugal in Asia and Africa, occupied half of Europe.

Philip II (May 21, 1527 — September 13, 1598) — King of Spain from the Habsburg dynasty

Philip II, son of Charles V, is interesting as a person for several reasons. There has never been such a period in world history that so many states and peoples were subordinate to one ruler. He was called the «Spider King», who, sitting in the Escorial Palace near Madrid, weaved the finest web of conspiracies and entangled the whole world with it. Philip the Cautious — defender of the Catholic faith and exterminator of heresy — another of his nicknames.

Maria of Portugal — Princess of Portugal, first wife of King Philip II of Spain

In the summer of 1554, Mary married Philip, the son of Charles V. He was twelve years younger than his wife. Elisabeth of Valois0009

Anne of Austria (November 2, 1549 — October 26, 1580) was the fourth wife of King Philip II of Spain. After the death of his last wife, the king lived the remaining 18 years until his death as a widower.

Infanta Catalina Michaela — Alonso Sanchez Coelho, Prado Museum. Daughter of Elizabeth and Phillip

Charles V gave two orders to his son: to continue his father’s work in the fight against heresy and erect a worthy tomb for the royal family of Spain. Philip II everywhere uses the power of the pope and the methods of the Spanish Inquisition. In Spain, he was revered as a saint, in the rest of the world, as a fiend.

In 1561, Philip II visits the small mining town of Escorial, which is located in the granite mountains of the Sierra de Guadarama. By the way, Escorial simply means «a pile of slag.» Having a good artistic taste, Philip II independently selected craftsmen for the construction and decoration of palaces, personally supervised, checked and sometimes corrected architectural projects. Until now, a secluded place is shown in the mountains (it is called «Philip’s tower»), from which the king secretly watched building a family crypt.

Philip II in ceremonial armor

But Plippe II seemed to be what Charles V. was asked before his mental view was presented to the giant monastery and palace, the basilica and the palace, the palace, the basilica and the palace, the palace, the basilica and the palace, the basilica and the palace united into one.

Of course, the monastery and secular chambers are usually things that are difficult to combine. But there are times when the secular authorities share the same roof with the clergy, at least for a while: the monarch on a trip enjoys the hospitality of the abbot of the monastery or a member of the royal family, makes donations to monasteries and monks. Philip II wanted to build a monastery, which would also be a royal palace.

The Escorial became the largest building in the world, with 4000 rooms and hundreds of kilometers of corridors. It took more than a million tons of granite to build it. The first residents of Escorial were monks, to whom the king gave two instructions: that they pray every day for the health and well-being of the royal family and that they keep the relics of Catholic saints, which Philip II cherished very much. The collection of relics of Catholic saints was the largest, it consisted of 7,000 bones of the holy righteous. Perhaps Philip II kept the remains of the Twelve Apostles and the cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified.

The history of the Escorial begins on August 10, 1557, when the armies of Philip II defeated the French at the Battle of Saint-Quentin in Flanders. It happened on the day of St. Lorenzo (San Lorenzo), and Philip II decided to erect a monastery in honor of this saint. The new palace complex was supposed to embody the strength of the Spanish monarchy and Spanish weapons, reminiscent of the Spanish victory at San Quentin.

Gradually, the plans grew, as did the significance of the building. It was decided to embody the testament of Charles V — the creation of a dynastic pantheon, and also, by combining the monastery with the royal palace, to express in stone the political doctrine of Spanish absolutism.

The king sent two architects, two scientists and two stonemasons to find a place for a new monastery that would not be too hot, not too cold, and not too far from the new capital. After a whole year of searching, they ended up where Escorial is now.

In addition to his fondness for St. Lorenzo Philip II was distinguished by self-absorption, melancholy, deep religiosity and poor health. He was looking for a place where he could rest from the cares of the king of the most powerful empire in the world. He wanted to live surrounded by monks, not courtiers; in addition to the royal residence, El Escorial was to become, first of all, the monastery of the order of St. Jerome. Philip II said that he wanted to «build a palace for God and a shack for the king.»
Philip did not allow anyone to compose his biography during his lifetime: in fact, he wrote it himself, and wrote it in stone.

The tombstone of the burial of Karl I and his family

The grave of the Burial of Philip II and his family

The grave of the grave of Charles v


victories and defeat of the imperial tragedies, the king’s obsession with learning, art, prayer and government — all this is reflected in the Escorial. The central position of the huge cathedral symbolizes the king’s belief that all political actions should be guided by religious considerations.

The construction of the ensemble, begun in 1563, was carried out under the constant personal supervision of the king. Not a single drawing passed without his approval. Everything that concerned the Escorial was decided by this royal porter with exceptional speed. It should be noted (unlike other undertakings of the era) the excellent organization of work. Enormous funds were allocated. The construction was on an unprecedented scale.

Not only all of Spain participated in the creation of the Escorial, various regions of which supplied marble, pine wood, wrought iron lattices, church utensils, crosses, lamps, lamps, embroideries and fabrics, but also other European countries, as well as American colonies from where they brought gold and precious woods. For twenty years the construction of Escorial went on. From a ledge in the granite rock, called the «King’s Chair», Philip II watched as stone by stone his favorite brainchild was erected.

The location of Escorial was chosen after a long and careful survey of the Manzanares Valley by a special commission. José Siguenza wrote: «The king was looking for a landscape that contributed to the elevation of his soul, conducive to his religious reflections.» The village of El Escorial near the empty iron mines attracted good climatic conditions — location on the southern slopes of the Sierra, an abundance of mountain springs and excellent building material — light gray granite.

Philip II commissioned the construction of the Escorial to Juan Bautista de Toledo, his chief architect. But the construction of the Escorial brought the architect a lot of grief, which probably hastened his death in 1567. Gradually, the name of Juan de Toledo faded into the background and almost disappeared from the memory of the Spaniards. Juan de Herrera, his young talented assistant, who led the construction in 1567, and became the generally recognized creator of the Escorial. Juan de Herrera not only significantly changed the original plan of Juan de Toledo, but also subordinated the entire structure to a single new figurative system in all details.

The plan of the Escorial — a rectangle with four towers (56 meters high) at the corners — shows closeness to the plans of the old Spanish alcazars. Such palaces of the fortress, erected in the ancient cities of Spain, constitute the heritage of national architecture, dating back to distant sources. The plan of the ensemble proposed by Juan de Herrera with its exact parameters was, as it were, the initial data with which he must solve the most difficult architectural problem. And the architect solved it brilliantly.

Following the king’s desire for simplicity, austerity and authoritarianism, Juan de Herrera enlarged the entire building, doubling the number of floors, and united four facades on one level with a common cornice. He achieved a rare proportion of a clear silhouette and volumetric spatial composition of the entire complex. So, Juan de Herrera very correctly found a proportional relationship between the dome of the cathedral, the corner towers and the horizontal lines of the very extended facades.

The solution of these colossal five-storey facades is one of the most daring innovations of the Spanish architect. The expressiveness of the facades is built on the underlined laconicism of a smooth, as if stretching into infinity, plane of the wall. Often located windows and horizontal rods are not decorations here, but necessary elements of the composition.

Royal Madrid

Traditionally, the New Year in Spain is one of the most fun holidays, which is very interesting to visit. Our company has prepared special New Year’s tours to Madrid for 2019, making their cost even more affordable so that you can join the festive processions, watch shows and costumed performances.

Royal Madrid — New Year tour

Day 1. Tel Aviv — Madrid

Arrival in Madrid — the brilliant capital of Spain. Today we will dedicate to Madrid — the symbol of proud Castile. You will find a sightseeing tour of the city, the majestic facades of the Gran Via, the Salamanca district, Plaza de España, Alcala Street and Plaza del Torro.

Day 2. Madrid — Prado Museum — Escorial

Today we are waiting for the famous museums of Madrid. In the morning you will have the opportunity to visit the famous Prado Museum, which presents the masterpieces of the greatest masters of Spanish painting — Velasquez, José Ribeira, Goya and many others. In the afternoon, you can visit the Escorial, a palace ensemble created in the era of the heyday of the Spanish Empire. You will visit the Royal Palace and the Basilica, rightfully called the «Spanish Vatican». We are returning to Madrid. In the evening you can visit St. Anna, where there are many cozy cafes and restaurants.

Day 3. Madrid — Segovia

Today, everyone will have an amazing journey to the ancient city of Spain — Segovia, dating back to the times of Roman rule. The entire complex of the Old Town is included in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List. You will take a sightseeing tour and see the Lady of the Spanish Cathedrals — the last Gothic Cathedral in Europe, the facade of which is made in the style of flaming Gothic, visit the Alcazar — the favorite castle of the Castilian kings, visit the Segovia aqueduct — an ancient architectural miracle and take a walk through the ancient streets of the city, and in free time you can dine in the old restaurant Maison de Condido — very famous throughout Spain.

Day 4. Madrid — Toledo

Today we will have an amazing day: we are heading to Toledo, the capital of the province of La Mancha, where the noble hidalgo Don Quixote performed his exploits, the city of the «Spanish Ballad» by Lion Feuchtwanger and the works of El Greco. You will see a unique panorama of the city, the appearance of which has not changed to this day, the majestic facade of the Cathedral, visit the Jewish quarter with its ancient streets and visit the Maria La Blanca synagogue — a symbol of the tragedy of the Jewish people, as well as the Church of San Toma, where one of the most famous works of the master of the Spanish Renaissance — El Greco. We return to Madrid and go for a walk along the cozy alleys of the Retiro Park, dating back to the days of the Habsburg dynasty.

Day 5. Royal Madrid

Royal Madrid awaits us today. You will take a walk along the lively Ballen Street and visit the Royal Basilica of San Francisco el Grande, home to one of Goya’s greatest creations, Saint Bernardino of Siena. We will continue our walk to the Sabatini Gardens, the Plaza Mayor and the graceful Plaza de Villa. On this day, you can also visit the Royal Palace — the residence of the ruling Spanish monarchs. In the second half we will head to the ancient town of Alcala de Henares (UNESCO site) — the birthplace of Miguel Cervantes and the Golden Age of Spanish literature. We will see the building of the famous university, decorated in the style of a magnificent Plateresco, Cervantes Square. Return to Madrid.

Day 6 Madrid — Chinchon

After breakfast we leave for a walk around Madrid. We will arrive in the town of Chinchon and walk along the colorful main square of the city, as if woven from stone lace, and along the winding medieval streets. And in your free time, you can taste the famous anise tincture and delicacies that this town is so famous for. Return to Madrid.

Day 7. Madrid — Tel Aviv

In the morning you will have free time for independent walks and shopping. In the evening transfer to the airport and flight home.

*Please note: excursions may take place in a different sequence; the company reserves the right to make changes to the tour program due to weather conditions and the winter opening hours of tourist sites.

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Included in the price

  • Air flight to Madrid by El Al
  • 6 nights in a tourist class hotel
  • Breakfast every day
  • Comfort bus for the program
  • Sightseeing tours and walks in Madrid, Toledo, Alcala de Eneres, Chinchone.

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