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    Post #1 - January 27th, 2018, 11:02 am
    Post #1 - January 27th, 2018, 11:02 am Post #1 - January 27th, 2018, 11:02 am
    First and foremost kudo's to Titus, aka ChiBBQKing, for the lowdown on Morena's if you are not obsessively checking his blog and instagram @chibbqking you would be hard pressed to call yourself a food centric person much less an LTHer.

    Morena's Kitchen is a half storefront hideaway on W Armitage, one table with three chairs and a few stools offering Caribbean/Dominican comfort food.

    Titus waxed poetic about the fried chicken " The seasoning is kind of like Popeye's turned up to ten" and its terrific, paired with an order of crisp perfectly fried tostones and a few squeezes of lime its a stunner.
    MorenasLTH1.jpg Pico Pollo

    On-bone chivo/goat with white rice and stewy red beans, tender flesh turned up to ten with the addition of house made habanero hot sauce.
    MorenasLTH5.jpg Chivo/goat with white rice and red beans (red beans not pictured)

    Mangu, like a healthier version of mofongo, topped with pickled red onion is a don't miss Dominican side dish.
    MorenasLTH6.jpg Mangu

    As mentioned Morena's is tiny, though what it lacks in physical space is more than made up for by the outsized personality of Mirian, aka Morena.
    MorenasLTH3.jpg Best, and only, table in the house. There's also 6 or 7 stools along the walls.

    MorenasLTH4.jpg Mirian, aka Morena

    Mirian mentioned she had been open 3-years and there were plans to expand into the next storefront East. They do a steady takeaway/pickup business including traditional Dominican breakfast.
    MorenasLTH8.jpg Eggs, fried cheese and salami with mangu and pickled red onion.

    Two of us barely scratched the surface of Morena's menu, I'm very much looking forward to a return visit.

    Morena's Kitchen, Count me a Fan!

    Morena's Kitchen
    5054 B W Armitage
    Chicago IL 60639
    9am to 8pm
    Sunday closed
    Sauce on the side, always, implied, axiomatic..........never a doubt, BBQ sauce without.

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