It’s basically a steak sandwich only made with fried plantains instead of bread. Well, the original was steak, cheese, tomato, and garlic mayo, I think since then it has expanded to include other meats and fixings and such. It’s a Chicago original, supposedly, but the fried plantains don’t travel well, so you gotta go to Pilsen or find a good local place that does them, you gotta eat them in situ.
I have never been to Humboldt Park before and I was super excited when I got to go with Kat, Mikey, Alice, Sarah and Crystal to this place!
They invented a sandwich called the jibarito, which is basically a sandwich with lettuce, thinly sliced spiced beef, cheese, and onions, all put between two plantains. The plantain is hand mashed and double fried so that it is crisp and can hold everything together. One of the best parts of this sandwich was the little bit of garlic they put on the top to really get the flavors going. It was amazing and it came with Puerto Rican rice.
I also got a stuffed potato ball which is basically mashed potatoes with meet and cheese stuffed inside, and then deep fried. NOM NOM NOM, it went so well with hot sauce!