I’d like to take a second to make a post about all the Puerto Rican food I miss eating. So if you life fried foods or just delicious foods in general, this post is also for you.

an example of a place to find the foods I’m about to show you:

first we have some lechon:

then we have some pasteles con arroz y gandules:

(I know, it looks gross. But trust me, it is soooo good ugh.)

there’s always a jibarito if you want something light:

next up, some alcapurrias:

followed by some pastelitos:

can’t leave out the tostones:

gotta add in the traditional arroz y habichuelas:

(in my dad’s house this is literally a side dish to EVERY dinner he makes)

and we’ll finish this post with a snack platter:

and of course we can’t forget dessert:

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What is a Jibarito?

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!