Enjoy the flavors of Puerto Rico at Restaurante El Jibarito in La Grange

Heaping portions of crispy, garlicky, fried plantains; slow-roasted, succulent pork; savory rice and beans chased with a cold local beer or fruity rum cocktail, and that’s just your first meal.

The Puerto Rican tourist office adds:

Having the opportunity to enjoy authentic Puerto Rican food is a highlight of many visitors’ experiences. The vibrancy of Puerto Rican culture comes alive in its dishes, a celebration of flavors that visitors have the opportunity to indulge in. Some of the favorites are mofongo, tostones, pasteles, arroz con gandules, tembleque, and coquito.

If it isn’t possible for readers to book a holiday to the island of Puerto Rico, then perhaps a field trip by car to La Grange is more feasible, because there you’ll find Restaurante El Jibarito at 4205 W Highway 146, which thoughtful viewers will recall as the home of the now departed Steve-O’s Italian Kitchen.

And what’s the meaning of jibarito (plural: jibaritos)?

A speciality sandwich of Chicago, made with flattened fried green plantains instead of bread, a garlic-flavoured mayonnaise, and a filling that typically includes meat, cheese, lettuce, and tomato.

(Yes, it’s on the menu at El Jibarito.)

Writing at the Courier Journal, Ana Rocío Álvarez Bríñez has more: A taste of Puerto Rico:...Read more