The Dominican Chimi: A taste of D.R.'s famous street burger

PROSPECT HEIGHTS, Brooklyn -- The Dominican chimichurri burger, also known as the 'Chimi Dominicano', is a traditional Dominican street food famous for its savory taste and special Dominican Sauce.

Despite its visual similarity to a cheeseburger, the Dominican chimi prides itself as being unique in taste.

At Puerto Viejo Restaurant, a Dominican Bistro in Prospect Heights, the mouth-watering burger is served with Black Angus beef, tomato, red onion, and Dominican slaw.


"The chimi burger is our take on a burger and if you haven't had a chimi burger when you've gone to D.R. then you really haven't experienced the culinary offers that we have," said Maritza Abreu, owner of Puerto Viejo Restaurant.

Although the history and origins of the Dominican chimi remain unclear.

Many across the island credit the burger to the Argentinian cook Juan Abrales, who moved to the Dominican Republic from Argentina in the 1970s.

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The recipe for this tasty burger, which can be found at food trucks all across the Dominican Republic, varies as each stand has its recipe and seasonings.

"We try to give clients the quality they look for. No need to travel to Santo Domingo, you can find it here," said Cristina Abreu, owner of Puerto Viejo Restaurant.


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