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Borinquen Restaurant

G Wiv | May 16, 200309:31 AM


After reading the recent thread on Borinquen I realized I had not been to Borinquen for a Jibarito for over a year. To remedy this oversight on my part I visited twice in the last three weeks for both sandwiches and take out. The steak filled Jibarito was exactly as I remembered, garlicky mayo slathered griddled beef between two perfectly fried pressed plantain. The Jibarito is, was and remains one hell of a tasty sandwich.

My take out order of fried pork combo, which included mofongo, a small salad, bread and chicken soup loaded with vegies and bone-in chunks of meat was flavorful, but over salted in the extreme. The Pastel (meat pie) and Morcilla (blood sausage) faired a bit better, but were still on the salty side.

While I intend to visit Borinquen early and often, it will be mainly for Jibaritos, I will stick to my current favorite of La Palma on Homan for take out Puerto Rican meats and one of my favorite vegies, malanga.


Borinquen Restaurant
1720 N. California Ave
Chicago, IL

La Palma
1340 N. Homan Ave.
Chicago, IL

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