Located in Historic Filipinotown, Gigi’s Cafe Cubano is a great lunch spot and bakery where you can find everything from Cubanos to golden pastries and that last-minute cake you forgot to buy for your roommate’s birthday. The options here are truly limitless, but the delicious guava cheese pastelito is the one thing that frequently crawls into our subconscious. Savory options include a great medianoche sandwich, which is a close relative to the meaty Cubano but on a sweeter, fluffier roll, or their papa rellenas, which are fried potato balls stuffed with shredded beef. These soft yet crispy potato croquettes are enough of a reason to stop by Gigi’s, but you’ll most likely spend a few minutes mindlessly browsing through their pastry displays too.
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