Café Central

Restaurants, Puerto Rican River West/West Town
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 (Photograph: Martha Williams)
Photograph: Martha Williams
Owner Laura Cruz at Cafe Central.
 (Photograph: Martha Williams)
Photograph: Martha Williams
Cafe Central
 (Photograph: Martha Williams)
Photograph: Martha Williams
Cafe Central
 (Photograph: Martha Williams)
Photograph: Martha Williams
Carlos Flores photographs at Cafe Central.

If you smell something delicious when you walk into this Puerto Rican diner, don’t bother trying to figure out what it is. It could be any number of the greasy-spoon comfort foods that are dished up here daily: chunky, tomato-heavy goat stew or garlicky mofongo, savory balls of plantains studded with corn. Then again, it could be the oniony jibaro (dubbed “hee-ba-roe” on the English menu), a gooey cheese-steak–like sandwich that substitutes plantains for bread. So take a seat—looks like you’ve got some research to do.


Venue name: Café Central
Address: 1437 W Chicago Ave
Cross street: at Bishop St
Opening hours: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Transport: El stop: Blue to Chicago. Bus: 9, 66.
Price: Average main course: $10
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