Thursday, July 1, 2010

Plantain Cafe, Bolingbrook, IL

So, it was some time ago that I went to Plantain Cafe for the first time, but that's ok.  I knew I'd get to this post sooner or later!  I remember it all, so it's all good!
Plantain Cafe is a Puerto Rican/Mexican restaurant in Bolingbrook, IL, located so close to the Bolingbrook IKEA store.  You may be tempted eat in IKEA's restaurant for those CHEAP prices, but let me tell you, this place is the place to go!

We had a ton of food!  I went with my sister Katie and her boyfriend Freddie after we saw Alice in Wonderland at the IMAX in 3D.  It was pretty cool, btw.

The food was awesome, although I kinda wanted my sister's sandwich after trying it!  It was so good!
Sorry about some of the pics...  I forgot to snap some pics before we started eating  :)

I had the Caribeña- Roasted pork, mixed greens, grilled pineapple, chihuahua cheese, avocado spread

You have a choice of plantain chips or fries.  I'm not a huge fan of plantain chips, so I stuck w/ fries. 
The sandwich is so good.  The pork is thinly sliced, the pineapple is juicy and tart.  The sauce is has a kick w/out being spicy.  So good!

I also had and empanada, the Tinga- Skirt steak, chipotle, tomato sauce, onions, corn masa
 The dough was so flaky and soft.  The filling was delicious, again it had a kick w/out being spicy. So good!

Katie had the Sonora - Steak, mixed greens, onion, poblano peppers, chihuahua cheese, avocado spread
 Yum, this was GOOD.  Juicy and delicious.  I'd go back to get this, for sure!

Freddie had a lot of stuff...  He had a tamale, the Pork - Stone ground corn and pork served with red salsa and Arroz con Gandules - Rice with green pigeon peas

And Relleno de Papa - Potato stuffed with chorizo sausage & cheese, black bean sauce, chipotle cream
 They also had some fresh juices. I can't remember them all, but they let you try them before you pick with one.  Three of the four we tried were really good and it was hard to pick one.  But I managed to.  :)

I would say this is definitely a place to try if you live out there or drive out that way for anything in particular (like going to IKEA).  I don't know if you'd drive out there just for the cafe, but hey, to each their own right?  I mean, I drive out to places just to try the food, even if nothing else is around there...  But I am a nut  :)


How To Eat A Cupcake said...

Wow everything looks so yummy!

Mary said...

Everything looks delicious. I wanted to thank you for the visit to my blog. I've bookmarked your family recipe and will try it while the boys are here. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

The Bitch Stopped Cooking said...

That looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!