Nuevo Leon for Dia de los Muerto.

“I can do this.” “Súper búsqueda.” “Right, of course.” My little finger starts its magic—T-I-T-O… Tito’s face and timbales blaze onto the screen. Brilliant! This is going to be good. The whole restaurant will just break into a spontaneous mambo party. B-A-B-A-R-A-B-A-T-I-R-I Searching…. Success.“Gracias por esperar mientras buscamos para su selección.” “Say what?” I hit select.“Gracias por esperar mientras buscamos para su selección.” Select. “Gracias por esperar mientras buscamos para su selección.” Select. Again. Select. Select. Seleccionar. Select. “Créditos Cero.” “Zero credits? What the…” Several minutes pass and I look over my shoulder to find Amber being escorted by the hostess, to our table. The busboy notices my desperation and quickly assists me. “I don’t know what’s going on here. This thing took my five dollar bill and no Tito,” I bark. “It says please wait while we locate your selection,” he replied. Grinning. That was that.  The busboy and I had a good laugh and I never heard “Babarabatiri,” but took solace in the possibility that late that night, a packed Nuevo Leon listened to “Babarabatiri” over and over.  Who wouldn’t want to?

May the force of Tito Puente be with you all.






“Babarabatiri” by Tito Puente

Nuevo Leon Restaurant

1515 W 18th St
(between Laflin St & Ashland Ave)
Chicago, IL 60608
Neighborhood: Pilsen

(312) 421-1517

During a career that spanned more than five decades, Tito Puente became a musical legend in Latin music and jazz circles. He made more than 100 albums and created more than 200 compositions. He died in May of 2000.