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8 Spots to Fuel Up and Carbo Load for the Chicago Marathon

8 Spots to Fuel Up and Carbo Load for the Chicago Marathon . Whether you’re racing or not, these restaurants have plenty of excellent pastas and carb specialties to keep you satisfied and energized . . Dolce Italian: pre-game for the actual Marathon with a “Carb Marathon” at Dolce Italian. The restaurant features numerous wonderful […]

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Sep 26, 2016 05:20 AM
Milkshakes for a Good Cause, Sushi Sunday Suppers

Milkshakes for a Good Cause . Milkshakes for a Good Cause Milkshakes taste even better when they’re for a good cause. That’s why you should indulge freely through the end of the month at M Burger Skokie, which is helping support Misericordia by donating $1 from every mocha shake to the organization that supports people […]

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Sep 23, 2016 04:10 AM
4 Restaurants to Visit During Oktoberfest in Chicago

Autumn is upon us, and with the changing seasons comes the onset of one of September and October’s most beloved festivities: Oktoberfest. This beer-centric celebration, which runs through early next month, features a variety of European-inspired specials at bars and restaurants throughout Chicago. . . The Gage: If their St. Patrick’s Day specials are any […]

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Sep 22, 2016 06:37 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

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