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90 Miles Cuban Cafe


2540 W. Armitage Ave, Chicago
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The name 90 Miles comes from the distance that the restaurant owners travelled as Cuban immigrants on a tiny boat from Havana to Key West in 1980. And it’s the kind of place where you can feel confident that pretty much anything you order will be delicious. That said, our favorite things here are the spinach and chorizo empandas, Cubano, and the ropa vieja, which comes with rice, beans, and plantains.

The actual building is tiny, but there are two separate patios that satisfies different needs. The front patio is the smaller and quieter of the two, and is ideal for hanging any time of day for a casual meal when it’s nice outside. The back patio is the biggest part of the restaurant, and where you’ll most likely be sitting since it’s covered and heated in the colder months. And that’s a good thing if you’re looking for a lively atmosphere full of colorful artwork and Latin music that will make you you want to dance in your seat. That vibe, combined with their BYOB policy, makes 90 Miles one of our go-to spots for birthdays and big group dinners. They also offer excellent mojito and sangria mixes, so plan accordingly and bring wine or rum.

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Food Rundown


There’s a whole slew of options and you can’t go wrong with any of them - definitely start with at least a few to share. We’re big fans of the chorizo and spinach.

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Avocado Salad

For the most part, this is going to be a heavy meal, so there’s nothing wrong with mixing in a few greens with the avocado salad.

Masitas De Puerco

Nothing like flash-fried pork pieces with pickled onions and mojo de ajo. This appetizer is also available as an entree, but we usually only need a couple of bites.

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Ropa Vieja

Our favorite of the entrees. Slow cooked and shredded beef with onions, peppers, and garlic in a house creole sauce, plus rice, beans, and plantains on the side.

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The typical sandwich with ham, roast pork, swiss cheese, pickle, and mustard. Yup, it’s good.

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Camaron Sandwich

A battered shrimp sandwich with lettuce, tomato, onion, and a tomato-based sauce that complements the shrimp really well.

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