Borinquen Restaurant

restaurants / Caribbean

Borinquen Restaurant information

Chicago , USA
1720 N California Ave
+1 773 227 6038
Getting there
Metro: Blue Line to California
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mains $6-13
Opening hours
11am-10pm Sun-Thu, to midnight Fri & Sat
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The story goes that Borinquen owner Juan ‘Peter’ Figueroa created his signature dish after reading an article in a Puerto Rican newspaper about a sandwich that subbed plantains for bread – a flash of inspiration that birthed the jibarito, a popular dish that piles steak, lettuce, tomato and garlic mayo between two thick, crisply fried plantain slices.

The idea caught on, and the jibarito is all the rage at local Puerto Rican eateries. It’s the marquee item at Borinquen, though more traditional Puerto Rican fare is also available at the homey family spot.