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Bon Macaron Retail, Blue Door Farm Stand Turns One, Arami Late Night Bartender: Weekend Planner:

Bon Macaron Retail, Blue Door Farm Stand: Weekend Planner January 30-February 1: No matter the time of year, there is always lots to do, eat, and drink in Chicago. Here are some of the hottest happenings this weekend. Bon Macaron Launches Retail SaturdaysBon Macaron became Chicago’s first macaron specialty shop when it opened its doors […]

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Jan 29, 2015 08:25 AM
50 Shades of Dining

50 Shades of Dining: 50 Shades of Dining: A cheesy adult novel about S&M fantasy isn’t the first thing I’d expect to translate to a dinner menu, but I’m not one to judge. As the feverishly popular 50 Shades of Grey prepares for its theatrical release on Valentine’s Day, a couple restaurants are serving up aphrodisiacal brunch […]

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Jan 28, 2015 11:40 PM
Lost Lake and Thank You: First Taste

Lost Lake and Thank You:   Venerable Land and Sea Dept. hitches their wagon to Paul McGee’s star for a bold new tiki bar and Chinese takeout concept on the edge of Logan Square and Avondale. The trajectory of Paul McGee’s cocktail career over the past few years has been quite impressive. Criss-crossing the city, […]

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Jan 28, 2015 06:10 AM
Borinquen Restaurant (Humboldt Park)
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Borinquen Restaurant (Humboldt Park)

The Puerto Rican restaurant is where Juan C. "Peter" Figeroa created the newest in the pantheon of messy Chicago sandwiches, the jibarito (pronounced "HEE-bar-ee-toe," pictured), in 1996. Inspired by the Puerto Rican emparedado de platano, Figeroa created his "little hillbilly" steak sandwich using planks of hot, crisp, fried green plantain instead of bread and layering grilled steak, melted cheese, crisp lettuce, juicy tomato and garlicky mayonnaise inside.

Today his original restaurant sells hundreds of them daily — with fillings including chicken, pork, ham and vegetables. Figeroa opened a second Borinquen location serving jibaritos, and his brother started Borinquen Lounge, but dozens of other Latin-American restaurants throughout the city have picked up the dish, too.

—Leah A. Zeldes

Contact Information

Address: 1720 N. California Ave., Chicago, IL 60647

Neighborhood: Humboldt Park

Region: Chicago West

County: Cook

Phone: Show phone

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