While bananas are slightly sweeter than plantains, they cannot withstand hot oil and fall apart when used as a battering ram. Add a plantain to your arsenal with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of Latin fare and drinks at Taste of Cuba in Lincolnwood.
Taste of Cuba's kitchen crafts a menu full of traditional Cuban eats concocted using fresh ingredients each day. Among the ranks of pressed sandwiches, the kingly cubano ($5.50) stands tall, bursting with sliced ham and roasted pork. The famous jibarito sandwich ($5.75) attracts paparazzi by canoodling with both grilled steak and onions, covering the affair with plantains and garlic mojo, then putting the whole thing on blast via Twitter. The roster of entrees includes the pechuga de pollo ($9.95), which finds a grilled chicken breast rubbed in savory spices. Fend off a food coma with a bracing cup of Cuban coffee in one of its myriad iterations ($1.50–$2).
3918 W Touhy Ave.
Lincolnwood, Illinois 60712