Hours: Lunch, dinner: Tuesday-Sunday
Counter-service "Afro-Latino" restaurant serving authentic Puerto Rican food.
Run by one half of the sister duo behind the blog Boricua Chicks, this "Afro-Latino" restaurant is a tiny counter-service space with three four-tops and a row of stools against the wall, but it features a fairly comprehensive menu of cocina criolla, including mofongo, arroz con pollo, pasteles, pastelitos, and more. The jibarito—a notoriously messy meat-lettuce-cheese-tomato-mayo structure held together by flattened, fried green plantains—is called simply "plantain sandwich," and is available in steak, chicken, and vegetarian versions. It's served as two easily manageable baby jibaritos (jibarito-itos?), which keeps the sandwich's innards stable—always a tricky issue when processed cheese and mayo contact hot fried plaintain. Speaking of those plaintains, they are expertly fried, crispy and not too greasy. And you could say the same of the tostones that came with a (regrettably dry) pork chop, and particularly of the sweet potato fries that came with the sandwich—lightly crispy and creamy inside, they're nothing like the dense, soggy yam sticks passed off by lesser fry men.
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