There are a few Patacon Pisao locations around the city, but the original is on Grand Avenue in Elmhurst. Many of the dishes at this Venezuelan counter-service spot involve sandwiches made from unsweetened, fried green plantains. Order the patacon de pabellón, which has shredded beef, sour cream, a fried, white squeaky cheese, black beans, and a few soft sweet plantains inside. All of their signature sandwiches have about seven wonderful crunchy and soft textures happening at once, cost around $10, and will keep you full for the better part of the day.
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