A good meal: Rudy’s Taste

Ever have the problem where the first thing you try at a restaurant is so great that you don’t want to try anything else on the menu because it might be good, but maybe it won’t be as great as that first thing? That’s where I am with the jibarito at Rudy’s Taste. The jibarito is a Puerto Rican sandwich with steak, pork (my choice), ham or chicken, lettuce, tomato, and American cheese and, and this is the kicker, instead of bread it’s served on flattened, fried plantains. Soooo good.

I was sitting in Rudy’s Taste this weekend, waiting for my takeout jibaritos and people eating in were getting served some great looking grilled things (“Rudy’s Taste — Guatemalan, Caribbean & Mexican Food, Grilled Specialties”) but would they be as superior as a jibarito? I decided not to risk it. And the trying-something-else stakes are already high since Rudy’s is not in my neighborhood at all and once I am down at Division and Ashland I’m giving up a chance to have one of my other favorite foods in Chicago, a steak burrito at La Pasadita (I like the one at 1140).

Rudy’s Taste
1024 N Ashland
Closed Wednesdays (that’s bit me in the ass before)

1 Comment so far

  1. nikkos350 (unregistered) on April 5th, 2005 @ 1:55 pm

    I hear ya. Actually, I have a similar experience with my local noodle house, Luc Thang Noodles at 1524 N. Ashland (is Ashland some sort of parallel universe of one-hit culinary wonders?). You see, Luc Thang has the best beef satay EVER (please disupte this. If there is better satay, I wanna know!) but everything else on the menu is…so-so, as in so typical.

    My advice: stick with the jibarito until you can sucker a friend into getting something else off the menu.

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