With the neon signs, bright hued walls and thatched roofed counter here, you might think you walked in to the Jimmy Buffet Chicago fan club office or a Parrothead convention instead of one of Chicagoís better Puerto Rican diners.
But one whiff of the meaty perfume emanating from the sizzling and popping spit filled with glistening glazed rotisserie chickens near the kitchen will get you back in the right frame of mind. The chicken doesnít just look and smell good, though. After one bite of this super juicy caramelized mahogany skinned bird marinated with hot spices, youíll never pick up one of those tired soggy birds from the chain groceries again.
Chicken ainít the only thang. Crispy, well salted green plantains, aka tostones, toothsome pigeon peas, fluffy rice, and one of the better jibaritos in Chicago sail down your gullet just as easily.
Average cost: <$10
Centerstage Reviewer: Michael Nagrant