El Nuevo Borinquen

El Nuevo Borinquen
1720 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

In the Humboldt Park area of Chicago, all the way in the west side
Is an area that’s known for its Puerto Rican pride
Since the 1970’s, Humboldt Park has been recognized for its large population
Of the Puerto Rican people, who in their own way made this area their own location

From the art that’s painted on the walls as you drive by,
to the huge Puerto Rican metal flags that cloud over California street from one side to the other side
In what feels like a little Puerto Rico with so much culture in the street
It’s only right that you find some good Puerto Rican food to eat

El Nuevo Borinquen, a restaurant that brought the Jibarito to the United States
From Puerto Rico to Chicago, this native dish found its way to our city plates
The Jibarito is a sandwich, but without bread…
fried Plantains, which are nice and crunchy, act as your bread instead!
You get to choose from steak, chicken, pork, or more,
and then come the lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and mayo
All in between sweet and crispy fried plantains, that will make you forget all about having a sandwich with dough
The popular Jibarito is brought out with a side of Puerto Rican rice
And with the restaurant’s homemade hot sauce, you can also add a little spice

With other favorites on the menu, like the beef empanadas or the rellanos de papa,
El Nuevo Borinquen is a restaurant in Humboldt Park that if you haven’t tried already, you gotta!
The pride of the Puerto Rican people is found from the streets to the food
And with a meal that made me feel like I was in Puerto Rico, I hope this poem expresses my gratitude!



  1. allylmare

    February 22, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    Looks good and delicious! 😀

    1. sineda san

      March 13, 2017 at 6:17 am

      I’m Puerto Rican and I had no idea this town existed in Chicago. Might make it a goal to visit. Great blog!

      1. dineANDrhyme

        March 13, 2017 at 8:43 am

        Omg you’ll love it!! Let us know what you think when you go!

  2. edgarone2

    February 23, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    Sounds delicious. I love plantain.

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