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“Came for the plantains... stayed for the pork.”

El Buren Caribbean Cuisine
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Ranked #9 of 61 Restaurants in Highwood
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Reviewed April 13, 2018 via mobile

Upon entering the resteraunt we were met with a very clean and sheek interior that was both colorful and modern in atmosphere. We ordered cod croquettes, which in essense, were fish stick patties. Nonetheless, their mushy interior and crispy exterior along with their savory non fishy taste was enough to placate and impress our rather high standards and appetites. We were served an el buren salad, which we ordered with chicken and made a request to have said chicken be seasoned with the same spices as their famous “jerk chicken” (We highly reccomend you do the same). This salad was composed of a delightful arrangement of large chunks of avocado, the aforementioned chicken, candied wallnuts, and other various vegetables that ran concurrent along with the melodious sate if affairs. This excursion which we made merely on the sights of sweet plantains had transformed into the savoring of fine carribean cuisine. At first, we were hesitant to order the house special signature dish kan kan pork, on account of its particularly lengthly 25 minute preperation time. Let us assure you, that this wait pales in comparison to the juicy delectable journey on which the signature dish takes you. You will be meeted with a large ~3lb hunk of pork that stretches from the tenderloin all the way to the ribs! Further, a wondeful sauce of sorts dribbled invitingly off the top onto a great display of pork rice and beans and plaintains. This pork might have been the very finest pig based dish which we’ve had the pleasure of trying, and we assure you that the five star review is entieely justified and frivolous in no such way. The plaintains which we were served with the dish were what we were looking for, but we enjoyed the entire journey that El Buren brought us on. Highly reccommended.

Thank JohnSpagnola
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Reviewed October 29, 2017 via mobile

We ate at Le Buren on a Friday evening with the family. It was an amazing experience! Family owned business with attentive and highly professional staff. Quality of the food was excellent! Flavors were exquisite. Highly recommended! Each plate is colorful! Chef caters to needs of everyone! Don’t miss the desserts-The chef makes his own desserts from scratch! If you are ever looking for Latin American/Caribbean cuisine with outstanding service and wonderful flavors...El Buren is the way to go!

Thank michyhaw
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Reviewed August 5, 2017

We first tried a sample of an empanita (not on the menu) from here at a local festival. It was really yummy with just the right amount of flavor and filling. We liked that the pastry wasn't too doughy and did't over power the tasty shrimp filling. We liked it so much we decided to give them a try for a Saturday lunch date.

We live within walking distance so we grabbed the dog on a perfect summer Saturday and headed over. I am guessing that everything is made to order so the food came out on the slow side but no matter it was a perfect day and the food was amazing! So the empanitas are not on the menu but they have them. They come either shrimp or beef. They are really good, even better at the restaurant. The pastry is hot fresh and flaky and the filling flavor filled and satisfying. Hubby had the octopus salad which I think ended up being only okay. I think that the octopus was a bit chewy for his taste and he thought, though not bad, the cantaloupe in the salad an odd choice. He agree that it was very summery. I had the Puerto Rican sandwich - the El Jibarito. It comes on fried plantains instead of bread. This sandwich is amazing! I loved it and the accompanying rice dish with pigeon peas and pork was also a winner!. The dish is large so I took half home.

My only complaint about the restaurant is it's overall vibe. With a really fun theme like the Caribbean there is so much that you could do. We sat outside and the exterior of the restaurant has virtually no curb appeal. They have the outdoor tables and sitting outside here during the summer should make you feel like you are on vacation. There are other Highwood restaurants that know this and do it much better. I did take a step inside and it atmosphere is better than outside but still a bit staid for Caribbean dining. I would love to them take it to the next level!

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Thank Hpmicks
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Reviewed July 15, 2017

I' ve never had Puerto Rican food before but if this is typical of that cuisine I am now a BIG fan, Creative, flavorful and served in a beautiful setting by very friendly servers.
Appetizers were spectacular and their home made green salsa sauce is delicious.

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Thank Mark D
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Reviewed July 11, 2017 via mobile

The owner-chef and his and his manager-hostess wife provide personal, friendly, professional, expert service along with their polite and prompt staff.

The decor is modern and full of energy, and seating inside is plentiful and spacious and outside is comfortable and great for people watching downtown Highwood. It's clean, friendly and not at all pretentious like some other places nearby, and the noise and music levels were not too high... And the music was all Latin!

We were started with a complimentary, bottomless basket of yuca chips and a few varieties of delicious, homemade salsa. Our appetizer of empanadas was ample and size but not prepared as we expected. They felt more deep fried then we've experienced elsewhere. That being said, the fillings were delicious and the drizzled sauces on top were interesting and exciting. Warning: do not fill up on these no matter how good they are because the entree sizes are large!

Of the three of us at dinner, one of us had crab cakes and he said they were good, moist and flavorful. One of us had a salad with seafood on it and said it was good albeit nothing outrageously exciting. My pan fried red snapper, whole, was absolutely delicious and Incredibly filling. I had to bring it home! It came with traditional rice with black beans which was also perfect, along with fresh vegetables and plantain chips.

Mojito's come in different flavors, mine was made with fresh muddled mint and real cane sugar, and it was absolutely large enough. We had a few Latin American beers and were happy with those as well.

Leave room for dessert! We absolutely had no room left her dessert but were dying for it so we will return and have dessert next time for sure.

Thank Hammstah
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