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Chicago Brunch Bites: Riva and River Roast

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Two Restaurants Roll Out Bakery Programs

Restaurants Roll Out Bakery: Duran European Sandwiches and HotChocolate both implement bakery and cafe programs. Bakery: When carbs are innately a restaurant’s bread and butter, then it makes sense to expound upon the idea with a supplemental bakery program. Such is the thinking at two restaurants rolling out bakery programs and augmenting their regular menus […]

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Jul 30, 2014 01:58 AM
Weekday Planner: Monthly Lobster Rolls, Vegetarian Tasting Menus, Choucroute Series, and Guest Bartender Series

Monthly Lobster Rolls at Bow & Stern Oyster Bar:   Monthly Lobster Rolls: Dining Chicago Weekday Planner: Weekday food and drink planner for Chicago: July 28-August 1. Rising to the lseafood-loving needs of the West Town neighborhood, Bow & Stern Oyster Bar is bringing back its cultishly adored lobster rolls for one night a month. The last […]

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Jul 29, 2014 05:28 PM
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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: 773-227-6038

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