El Nuevo Borinquen
Humboldt Park Boathouse
The 1907 Prairie School boathouse rises up from the lagoon’s edge and serves as the park’s showpiece. A cafe inside serves...
This 207-acre park, which lends its name to the surrounding neighborhood, comes out of nowhere and gobsmacks you with Mother Nature. A...
Scofflaw is a gin joint – literally. The bar specializes in boutique, small-batch gins mixed into gimlets, martinis and other cocktails...
The beauty of this little shop – besides the yummy, yeasty, perfectly sweet original glazed doughnuts – is its location right smack off...
1720 N California Ave · interesting places nearby
El Nuevo Borinquen information
The story goes that the original 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 El Nuevo Borinquen, a new incarnation of Figueroa's original place.