Jibarito Stop: Originally a food truck, the Jibarito Stop (which now operates in a brick-and-mortar) offers Jibaritos with all of the classic fillings, including steak, chicken, roasted pork, and vegetarian options. The shop also allows half-orders of Jibaritos leaving you with room to sample more of their fried treats, including empanadas, alcapurria, rellenos, and sorullitos de queso.
Punta Cana Restaurant: While Chicago’s Jibaritos came from the Puerto Rican diaspora, the sandwich transcends other cultures in the city. Punta Cana, a Dominican restaurant, offers Jibaritos among classic Dominican dishes such as oxtail and sancocho. Their Jibaritos, served with Dominican arroz amarillo (yellow rice), come served with your choice of marinated steak, chicken, or pork.
Cafe Central: Cafe Central has been operating in Chicago since 1952 and is an undisputed Puerto Rican landmark. At this homestyle hotspot, you’ll find various Jibaritos packed with flavorful meats topped with a healthy dose of minced garlic. Lovers of Cafe Central’s Jibarito say that the restaurant's homemade hot sauce elevates the sandwich further.
Jibaritos Y Mas: With plenty of locations across the city, Jibaritos Y Mas serves up several plantain sandwich options, as well as breakfast-friendly Jibaritos jam-packed with roasted ham, eggs, and gooey cheese.
Ponce: Ponce is another classic Puerto Rican restaurant that has served Chicago dishes including arroz con gandules and mofongo since 1998. They offer classic Jibaritos, but what makes them unique is their willingness to push plantain sandwich boundaries—the restaurant recently collaborated with Tacotlan, a Mexican eatery in Chicago, to create a Jibarito stuffed with tender birria.