A Sandwich a Day: Chicken Jibarito from Papa's Cache Sabroso
The jibarito—that Chicago original which replaces slices of bread with fried plantains—may be finally getting its due, but when it comes to places to eat one, most of the talk centers around Borinquen. That's totally understandable seeing as it is both the originator of the creation and utterly delicious. (Oh, the roast pork!) But's it's definitely not the only one. Papa's Cache Sabroso, located on Division in Humbodlt Park, provides an equally admirable version, which is just as flavorful, and also slightly less greasy.
But the jibarito probably won't be the first thing on your mind when you walk in. If you're like me, you'll instead be drawn to flame of the rotisserie oven, where dozens of golden-hued birds rotate slowly while bathing in each others' fat. How can you avoid going for one of those exquisite little birds? Luckily, you don't have to compromise. The roasted chicken jibarito ($7.00) provides the best of both worlds: crunchy and relatively greaseless fried plantains, with tender and rich chicken meat. Oh, and it doesn't hurt each sandwich comes with a nice scoop of rice and pigeon peas.