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Eight Places to Eat Puerto Rican Jibaritos in Chicago

The Chicago sandwich invention debuted in 1996

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The year is 1996, and restaurateur Juan Figeroa wants to add a new, Puerto Rican-inspired menu item to his popular Humboldt Park restaurant, Borinqen. He flattens two fried green plantains; slathers them with garlic-flavored mayonnaise; and layers steak, cheese, lettuce, and a sliced tomato between them. The jibarito is born.

Spanish for “little yokel,” the breadless sandwich can now be found in restaurants across the United States and the Caribbean, but it’s as quintessentially Chicago as deep dish, Italian beef, or a hot dog that’s been “dragged through the garden.” It’s not just served at Puerto Rican restaurants. The follow are eight spots that serve great jibaritos. Listed from north to south.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

El Picosito Jibaro

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“More meat!” is the rallying cry at El Picosito Jibaro, one of only a handful of Puerto Rican restaurants north of Irving Park. The sandwiches teem with tender chunks of steak, pork, chicken, or shrimp. For $1, diners can get an extra helping of a protein of their choice, but they likely won’t need one. 

La Cocina Boricua De La Familia Galarza

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Jibaritos are only part of the equation at this brightly-colored Bucktown storefront. Equally essential is the arroz con gandules served on the side: Fluffy, saffron-colored rice studded with ham, sofrito, and a balance of savory spices sure to set any diner’s mouth watering. The final variable? The just-spicy-enough garlic sauce. 

Casa Yari

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This BYOB bistro serves Honduran and Puerto Rican cuisine, meaning diners can — and should — order a side of Baleadas, homemade flour tortillas filled with beans and cheese. And be sure to save room for their namesake flan — they make a Reese’s version that’s as creamy (and caloric) as a cheesecake. There’s also vegan options.

VEGAN Jibaritos made with our very own seitan meat, onions, tomatoes, green leaf lettuce and Chipotle vegan aioli...

Posted by Casa Yari on Saturday, January 28, 2017

Jibaritos y Mas

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The wait times, and line, at this Logan Square storefront can be long, but as soon as diners tear into their first bite of juicy, generously-seasoned jibarito they’ll understand why. If there’s have any stomach space left, guests may also want to try the mofongo — another popular Puerto Rican dish served with creole salsa, plump shrimp, and mashed plantains. 

We got the biggest Jibarito in town!

Posted by Jibarito's y Más on Saturday, January 28, 2017

La Bomba

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Sometimes it’s better not to mess with a winning formula. This unassuming Logan Square standby serves up a traditional jibarito — its plantains fried thin and crispy, its meat tender and lightly charred — that’s a testament to the staying power of Figeroa’s original recipe.  

Ground Control

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The vegetarian jibarito offered at Ground Control — which includes house-made seitan in lieu of meat — isn’t exactly authentic, but it is delicious, and that’s really all that matters. It comes with a choice of a side, and, like many of the restaurant’s vegetable-forward menu items, it can also be made vegan upon request.

Ground Control's jibarito. Flavorful, sliced seitan sandwiched between two smashed and fried plantains.

Posted by Edgar Allan Poser on Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Papa's Cache Sabroso

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Customers will see, and smell, dozens of chickens turning on roasting spits when they walk into Papa’s. Take the hint and order a chicken jibarito — thick chunks of tender meat are perfectly offset by crispy-thin plantains. The restaurant is BYOB, and there’s a liquor store conveniently located across the street. 

The Jibarito Stop

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As its name suggests, this food truck, permanently parked in Pilsen, makes a mighty-fine jibarito. Diners can choose steak, chicken, or vegetarian fillings in full or half sizes. The full-sized versions are as big as your head — or maybe your stomach — and come served alongside a generous scoop of rice or rice and beans. 

Posted by The Jibarito Stop on Sunday, June 25, 2017

El Picosito Jibaro

“More meat!” is the rallying cry at El Picosito Jibaro, one of only a handful of Puerto Rican restaurants north of Irving Park. The sandwiches teem with tender chunks of steak, pork, chicken, or shrimp. For $1, diners can get an extra helping of a protein of their choice, but they likely won’t need one. 

La Cocina Boricua De La Familia Galarza

Jibaritos are only part of the equation at this brightly-colored Bucktown storefront. Equally essential is the arroz con gandules served on the side: Fluffy, saffron-colored rice studded with ham, sofrito, and a balance of savory spices sure to set any diner’s mouth watering. The final variable? The just-spicy-enough garlic sauce. 

Casa Yari

This BYOB bistro serves Honduran and Puerto Rican cuisine, meaning diners can — and should — order a side of Baleadas, homemade flour tortillas filled with beans and cheese. And be sure to save room for their namesake flan — they make a Reese’s version that’s as creamy (and caloric) as a cheesecake. There’s also vegan options.

VEGAN Jibaritos made with our very own seitan meat, onions, tomatoes, green leaf lettuce and Chipotle vegan aioli...

Posted by Casa Yari on Saturday, January 28, 2017

Jibaritos y Mas

The wait times, and line, at this Logan Square storefront can be long, but as soon as diners tear into their first bite of juicy, generously-seasoned jibarito they’ll understand why. If there’s have any stomach space left, guests may also want to try the mofongo — another popular Puerto Rican dish served with creole salsa, plump shrimp, and mashed plantains. 

We got the biggest Jibarito in town!

Posted by Jibarito's y Más on Saturday, January 28, 2017

La Bomba

Sometimes it’s better not to mess with a winning formula. This unassuming Logan Square standby serves up a traditional jibarito — its plantains fried thin and crispy, its meat tender and lightly charred — that’s a testament to the staying power of Figeroa’s original recipe.  

Ground Control

The vegetarian jibarito offered at Ground Control — which includes house-made seitan in lieu of meat — isn’t exactly authentic, but it is delicious, and that’s really all that matters. It comes with a choice of a side, and, like many of the restaurant’s vegetable-forward menu items, it can also be made vegan upon request.

Ground Control's jibarito. Flavorful, sliced seitan sandwiched between two smashed and fried plantains.

Posted by Edgar Allan Poser on Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Papa's Cache Sabroso

Customers will see, and smell, dozens of chickens turning on roasting spits when they walk into Papa’s. Take the hint and order a chicken jibarito — thick chunks of tender meat are perfectly offset by crispy-thin plantains. The restaurant is BYOB, and there’s a liquor store conveniently located across the street. 

The Jibarito Stop

As its name suggests, this food truck, permanently parked in Pilsen, makes a mighty-fine jibarito. Diners can choose steak, chicken, or vegetarian fillings in full or half sizes. The full-sized versions are as big as your head — or maybe your stomach — and come served alongside a generous scoop of rice or rice and beans. 

Posted by The Jibarito Stop on Sunday, June 25, 2017

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