When people think about food that originated in Chicago, most think of the Italian beef or the Chicago-style hotdog, but there's one more gem to add to the list: the jibarito sandwich.
A jibarito sandwich is a unique Puerto Rican dish that originated right here in Chicago. The original sandwich consists of tender skirt steak, lettuce, tomato, grilled onions, cheese and mayonnaise in between two fried pieces of green plantains with garlic sauce spread on top.
Juan "Pete" Figueroa invented the Jibarito at his restaurant, Borinquen, in the Humboldt Park neighborhood, according to Café Magazine.
Restaurant goers can now order the sandwich with steak, chicken, lechon (pork), or fish.
We've rounded up our top picks for a good jibarito sandwich in Chicago. Did we miss one of your favorite spots? Leave us a comment to let us know.
As Latinos would say, "Buen Provecho" (Enjoy your meal)!
This may not be the fanciest restaurant in town, but it definitely has some of the best Puerto Rican food you can find. They're known as the "home of the jibarito." The prices are very reasonable for the amount of food you get.
This small storefront restaurant offers a large variety of traditional Puerto Rican food that's full of flavor. It's set-up somewhat like a cafeteria and foodies really enjoy their jibarito sandwich.
There's nothing like hearing good salsa music while dining at this warm and cozy restaurant with great service. Their food is excellent and many restaurant goers enjoy the jibarito appetizer plate or the full sandwich meal.
One Yelp critic says, "the food is so delicious, authentic, and great portions."
Papa's Cache is known for its rotisserie chicken, but that's not all they're good at. They also have a great jibarito sandwich. One Yelper described his experience: "Had the steak jibarito and found myself licking my fingers afterwards it was so good."
Restaurant goers really enjoy the warm hospitality of the husband and wife team that owns La Bruquena. Yelp critics enjoy the delicious jibarito and their reasonable prices.
"The jibarito is to die for," explained one diner. There is a cozy atmosphere and great prices for some mouthwatering Puerto Rican food.