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Borinquen Restaurant

1720 N California Ave., Chicago, IL 60647-5104 (West Town)
(773) 227-6038
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Ranked #2,934 of 8,296 Restaurants in Chicago
Price range: $1 - $20
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Cuisines: Puerto Rican
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Takeout
Neighborhood: West Town
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English first
Bronx, New York
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

My girlfriend and I recently traveled to Chicago for a long weekend and to go see my beloved Mets at Wrigley Field. The first thing we wanted to do before we even checked into our hotel room was to check out Borinquen Restaurant and have ourselves an authentic Chicago Jibarito from the home of the jibarito. Unfortunately, when we got... More

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176 reviews 176 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2012

This is a great place if you like (or want to experience) Puerto Rican food. Try the Jibarito (in essence, a sandwich made with flattened, fried green bananas). You may want to drink a very cold Good O Kola Champain.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2012

BORINQUEN.... NO NO NO My nane is Rick and I was born and raised in the nieghborhood, I've been living away for about 15 years. I was raised on Puerto Rican Food and let me tell you about this particular place. My advise is to stay away from here. I took three trips to Chicago in the last month and... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2011

The first jibarito I ever ate was at Borinquen so I do not have any other to compare it, but this one was outstanding! The steak jibarito was probably the best sandwich I've ever had. The arroz con gandules was also outstanding. My partner and I ordered an extra side of it and we were glad we did. Everyone should... More

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Chicago, Illinois
18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2011 via mobile

The steak jibaritos, rice, and potato balls r great. Im glad they serve ice cold tamarindo juice. The neighborhood isnt so great but there's always parking close by on both sides of the street because the block is taken up by a school and no other businesses. Atmosphere is really casual and service very quick. The waitresses dont speak english,... More

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Top Contributor
257 reviews 257 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
149 helpful votes 149 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2011

I had eaten at Borinquen three years ago, but I really wanted to take my Australian friends when we were visiting Chicago this month. I warned them that it was nothing fancy, but it is all part of the experience. You walk in and head straight for the back room where a waitress will take your order. I've read other... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2008

Descent jibaros...your better off going to the pond across the way

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2008

The place a Puerto Rican friend and her family go when they want to eat out. Very tasty.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2008

The best arroz con gandules and jibaritos

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West Lafayette, IN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2008

The Mofongo and sandwiches were delicious! Memories of mom's cooking...Yum!

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