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7.9

Cafecito

$$$$

26 E Congress Pkwy, Chicago
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We highly recommend working Cafecito into your weekday lunch routine. There are multiple locations downtown, so the next time you consider picking up a sandwich from Potbelly, Subway, or Jimmy Johns, just don’t. Head to Cafecito for something infinitely better instead.

Traditional Cuban sandwiches make up most of the menu, which are made to order and served on some delicious sandwich bread. Platters are also available and served with white rice, beans, and plantains. If you’re looking for something lighter, consider the artichoke or hearts of palm salad. Cafecito is also great for picking up sandwiches and taking them back to the office, but there are some tables if you want to sit and eat. There’s really no wrong answer, as long as the answer is yes.

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Food Rundown

Plantains

We love plantains, and think you should too. Well-cooked and caramelized just enough, it's nice they come with the platters.

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Cubano

The classic Cuban sandwich. Roasted pork, ham, swiss, pickles, and mustard, all for $5.79. It’s fantastic and filling.

Chimichurri Sandwich or Platter

You have your option of steak or chicken and there’s no wrong choice. The chimichurri sauce is sublime, which is how all chimichurri sauces should now be described.

Tilapia Criolla Sandwich or Platter

One of our favorites, and a great option if you’re a fish person. A sizable piece of grilled tilapia, with a homemade red onion, cilantro, lime, and rocoto pepper salsa, plus some tomato, lettuce, and cilantro lime mayo.

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Ropa Vieja Platter

Slow roasted skirt steak, onions, bell peppers, garlic, and a tomato creole sauce. Classic Cuban, and really good.

Guava Q Sandwich

If you’re looking for a little twist to your sandwich, the Guava Q is for you. It comes with your choice of roasted pork or chicken, plus caramelized onions and some guava BBQ sauce. The onions and sauce add some extra tang and sweetness.

Cuban Coffee

Cuban coffee is kind of like rocket fuel. Get a cafecito for an espresso-like shot, or go with the cafe con leche if you prefer it mixed with a glass of steamed milk. They’re also icing it down if you’re in the mood.

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