Bus: 49, 52, 70 (773) 384-4811 cocochicago.com41.902644 -87.695386 2723 W Division St (between Washtenaw and California Aves) Humboldt Park, Chicago
Lunch, dinnerAverage main course: $13
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.