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Humboldt Park

Borinquen Restaurant

1720 N. California Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60647, United States
TEL: (773) 227-6038

Authentic and affordable, this family-owned Puerto Rican café in Humboldt Park is a local favorite despite its no-frills, cafeteria-style interior. Behind a glass wall strung with Puerto Rican flags, the front room consists of a to-go counter, hardwood floors, and two communal tables, while the back room is filled with more tables and an enormous picture of the restaurant’s specialty: the jibarito. Translating to “little hillbilly,” this dish was made famous by owner Juan Figueroa and consists of meat, tomato, cheese, and garlic mayonnaise sandwiched between deep-fried plantains. Regulars suggest topping it with Borinquen’s homemade hot sauce.

Insider Tip:

Pair your entrée with a side of arroz con gandules; considered a signature dish of the island, it consists of rice, pigeon peas, and pork flavored with sofrito.

Amenities

Open / Closes
  • Accessible by Public Transportation
  • BYOB
  • Dinner
  • Family-Friendly Dining
  • Good for Groups
  • Handicapped Accessible
  • Lunch
  • No Reservations
  • Take-Out Available

Cuisine Type:: Latin American

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