🇵🇷 Inside the jibarito’s Humboldt Park history
By Sidney Madden | @sidney_madden_
🇵🇷 History of the Jibarito
Chicagoans will come together for the Puerto Rican Fest and Parade this weekend in Humboldt Park with art, music, and food.
And we’ll be celebrating with one of the city’s best foods: jibaritos, the fried plantain sandwiches stuffed with thinly sliced meat, cheese, lettuce, tomato, and garlic aioli 🤤
The origin story of the jibarito is a little squishy, but the sandwich has West Side roots and was popularized by Chicago’s Puerto Rican community.
Juan C. “Pete” Figueroa was inspired to recreate the sandwich in the 1990s after reading about a version of it in El Vocero, a newspaper in Puerto Rico, according to Thrillist.
He made the dish for his father, who suggested he serve it to customers at the original Borinquen Restaurant in Humboldt Park. That decision led to lines out the door and helped put the eatery on the map, the Tribune reported.
Jibaritos are popular today across the city and country. Sure, they might not be as well-known as Chicago foods like deep-dish pizza or hot dogs, but there’s a whole genre of underhyped foods from the 312.
Where to find a jibarito in the city? Here are a few suggestions.
📍 Back of the Yards
🍽️ Pork jibarito
The Jibarito Stop
🍽️ Veggie, vegan jibaritos
Papa’s Cache Sabroso
📍 Humboldt Park
🍽️ Chicken jibarito
Jibaritos on Harlem
🍽️ Seafood jibarito
📍 Humboldt Park
🍽️ Jibarito sliders
📍 North Center
🍽️ Steak jibarito
🎧 Joshua Smyser-DeLeon of the “Paseo Podcast” tells us about the history of Puerto Ricans in Chicago and the love he has for his culture ahead of this weekend’s fest.
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