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Photo: Wendell Remington
Humboldt Park

If this sleek, boisterous Puerto Rican spot is representative of the island, we’re booking a ticket to San Juan. The modern art, hardwood floors and 1920s bar make an ideal setting for updated classics such as lomo de cerdo (pork chop in mango-rum sauce) and escudo boricua (lamb chops in papaya sauce). Strong mojitos may fool you into thinking you can move like the locals who pour in once the band starts around 10pm on Saturdays, but you might want to look into salsa lessons at the next-door dance studio first—these dancers are fierce.

Venue name: Coco
Address: 2723 W Division St

Cross street: between Washtenaw and California Aves
Opening hours: Lunch, dinner
Transport: Bus: 49, 52, 70.
Price: Average main course: $13
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