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Cuban Restaurant and Café$$$$
The Loop, Chicago
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    The experts at Time Out Chicago and Time Out Chicago Kids recommend this place
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    Inkvasion C.
    "Love the Chivito sandwich, it taste so good!!!!"(11 Tips)
    Kevin M.
    "Authentic Cubano sandwiches in the heart of downtown Chicago."(44 Tips)
    Thomas A.
    "jerk chicken and pollo chipotle and veggie"(4 Tips)
    Fonso M.
    "The palomillo and iced café con leche are amazing !"(4 Tips)
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  • chivito
  • good for a quick meal
  • espresso
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  • Ganula B.
    Ganula BorgilchuluunMarch 23, 2016
    The Best Cuban sandwich in the city with great price. If you hungry but too early for your dinner, go to this place and get the best Cuban sandwich you will ever have and comeback again.
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    Ross BranniganNovember 2, 2016
    Amazing artisan sandwich store in downtown Chicago. Amongst the many sub chains, it sets itself apart. Long queues at lunch. Recommend "the jerk" sandwich with grilled chicken and Caribbean spices.
  • Kevin M.heart icon on user image
    Kevin MacApril 29, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Authentic Cubano sandwiches in the heart of downtown Chicago. A hidden gem! Don't forget to add a side of plantains.
  • Samantha R.
    Samantha RangelOctober 10, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Cortadito is one of my favorite espresso drinks in all Chicagoland. It takes the sugar and milk ur too afraid to add and serves it straight up. I go nuts for anything with their guava jam.
  • Alex W.
    Alex WitekJuly 22, 2012
    Definitely try the Cubano. It's the classic Cuban sandwich, done just right. If you're in town at te Hilton or the Congress Plaza, gove this hip place a try.
  • John S.
    John ShrimpMarch 17, 2018
    For a delicious and filling sandwich, Cafecito won’t disappoint. Its Cubano is the best in Chicago but the other selections, such as the Ropa Vieja and Chivito, are just as good.
  • Shanitra C.heart icon on user image
    Shanitra CooperOctober 23, 2017
    Both times I went I had the cafe con leche. It was the best I’ve had and just the right amount of caffeine without drowned with sugar.
  • Heather F.heart icon on user image
    Heather FolsomAugust 15, 2014
    The chivito was def the standout winner of the meal... The flavors just meshed together perfectly. The potato salad was also very good but the churro was stale & Cuban was burnt. I will be back!
  • Erik R.heart icon on user image
    Erik RowleyNovember 1, 2015
    The Cubano is one of my favorite sandwiches in the city, be sure to order black beans and white rice on the side.
  • Autumn C.heart icon on user image
    Autumn ChoiJune 25, 2019
    Just their buttered bread itself is delicious and have not had a bad sandwich from here. Coffee, esp the cafecito is delicious but line is always long and sometimes staff get rude and disorganized
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoMay 28, 2012
    This Cubano is delicious, and the key to its success is the citrus-garlic-marinated, cumin-rubbed lechon asado and the perfect toasting (whoever is operating the plancha needs a raise). -BC Read more
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoOctober 19, 2011
    There’s no confusion over the star of the show here: The Cubano’s crusty bread is toasted just right, its roast pork juicy, its pickles thick, and its mustard and gooey cheese plentiful.
  • Chrys J.
    Chrys JohnstonSeptember 29, 2013
    Try the Cafe Con Leche. Cuban espresso combined with a teaspoon of sugar and steamed milk. A perfect combination of ingredients for a light, not to sweet cup of coffee.
  • Jessica S.heart icon on user image
    Jessica StappMarch 1, 2015
    The most delicious cortadito (espresso with milk) and lots of vegetarian options. I picked the Jardin. The service is very fast and the food is delicious!!
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoJune 4, 2012
    This Cubano is delicious, and the key to its success is the citrus-garlic-marinated, cumin-rubbed lechon asado and the perfect toasting (whoever is operating the plancha needs a raise).
  • Cat G.
    Cat GaoMay 10, 2014
    This place is wonderful and super inexpensive. Get the Cubano or Lechon sandwiches and a café con leche!
  • Erika D.heart icon on user image
    Erika DavisJanuary 7, 2016
    Everything is good here, but my favorite is cafe con leche & black bean soup. If you're near Millennium Park, it's a great place to grab a bite. 
  • April G.heart icon on user image
    April GIApril 30, 2021
    The guava-q pork and their breakfast sandwiches are so good! I’d definitely go again. Others have raved about the Cuban, but I didn’t love it. Pretty dry.
  • noemi r.
    noemi romanJune 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    If you want a quick bite, come before noon or after 1pm. The Cubano sandwich is a must try. And if you like coffee, get the cafe con Leche.
  • Casey V.
    Casey VickersAugust 25, 2011
    The Pallomia without onions is my go to, I got mushrooms once it was amazing. Also don't pass on the Churo it's fantastic! Owner works the counter as well, he's great, like all the staff. Visit often
  • Jack R.heart icon on user image
    Jack ReidMarch 7, 2016
    Cuban sandwiches were yummy and good value! Also get the black beans and white rice on the side if you want to turn lunch into dinner.
  • Alexia M.heart icon on user image
    Alexia MainFebruary 2, 2015
    The caldo gallego is absolutely a must! The service was great and the atmosphere really makes you feel like you're at a tiny Cuban cafe!
  • Zuby H.
    Zuby HJanuary 15, 2013
    The tilapia criolla is one of my favorites paired with the rice and beans side. Sandwiches are freshly made and affordably priced for downtown. Can't go wrong.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoDecember 6, 2011
    Try the caldo gallego from our 100 Best list: With white beans, potato, spinach, ham and chorizo, it’s every bit as smoky, porky and satisfying as the restaurant’s Cubano.
  • Charmaine *.
    The pollo chimichurri is the best!!! The chimichurri sauce is what makes this delicious chicken platter amazing; served with black beans & rice with plantain!! ♡♡
  • Catherine H.heart icon on user image
    Catherine HuffmanAugust 22, 2015
    The cafe con lech iced was perfect on a hot day. Also got the ropa vieja, which was insanely delicious on a hot day. I'd recommend it to anyone!
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoNovember 2, 2011
    There’s no confusion over the star of the show here: The Cubano’s crusty bread is toasted just right, its roast pork juicy, its pickles thick, and its mustard and gooey cheese plentiful. Read more
  • Carolyn P.heart icon on user image
    Carolyn PavelkisMarch 24, 2015
    Great breakfast. Amazing Cuban sandwiches for lunch. The white bean soup is also delicious. And they make a great soy latte.
  • AJ @.heart icon on user image
    AJ @StuffThusFarDecember 23, 2019
    Absolutely delicious! Try the Guava-Q and Tilapia Criolla pressed sandwiches.
  • Samantha H.heart icon on user image
    Samantha HillNovember 4, 2018
    Amazing sandwiches and cafe con leche. Great place for a quick bit to eat or hanging out with friends.
  • Amy J.
    Amy JMay 18, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Cafe con leche is amazing! Only $2 for a large too! Bring cash though because they have a $5 minimum charge. It's a great spot for authentic, tasty, strong, inexpensive coffee.
  • Linda B.
    Linda BlancoNovember 21, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Best Cubano! If you're daring, try the ropa vieja with sweet plantains & black beans. If it's the daily special, get the grilled tilapia - while it lasts! Black beans & rice Cuban style! Riccissimo!
  • Keenan A.
    Keenan AdamsOctober 13, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    15% discount for staying in the hostel, so make sure you visit while staying
  • Nadia E.heart icon on user image
    Nadia ElisaMarch 1, 2015
    Ah, I haven't had a Cubano sandwich this good in years. A caldito gallego is the perfect side and finish it all off with a café con leche :)
  • Leah J.
    Leah JubinalOctober 4, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Tilapia sandwich with habanero salsa is a winning combo! And if you need a pick me up, their cafe con leche is really good too!
  • Sean M.heart icon on user image
    Sean Maccarone-ReedJuly 11, 2015
    Cuban coffee, iced on a hot day. So authentic here. Be prepared for a line, and it moves fast.
  • Time Out Chicago Kids
    Time Out Chicago KidsJanuary 10, 2012
    The Timba sandwich combines Swiss cheese with sweet guava spread on crispy sub bread—new tastes that should be mild (but tasty) enough for even super-picky types. Read more
  • Janet R.heart icon on user image
    Janet RiveraMarch 19, 2018
    Feels like home when I get to be downtown and I get to enjoy a Latin cuisine meal
  • Dan J.
    Dan JAugust 14, 2012
    Chivito--fantastico! This place is as good as anything found at Bayless' Xoco...for less than half the price. I will definitely be back!
  • ᴡ H.heart icon on user image
    ᴡ HallidayNovember 16, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Sandwiches and coffee are equally amazing! Try the Caramel Latte you will not be disappointed
  • Caryn J.
    Caryn JendroJune 14, 2013
    The tilapia criolla sandwich is incredible. Fresh and flavorful. Also try the steak chimichurri sandwich. Delicious!
  • Gabrielle R.heart icon on user image
    Gabrielle RosasApril 30, 2013 delicious and one of the best lunch deals in the area.
  • Rebecca L.
    Rebecca LunaMay 18, 2017
    I don't see what all the fuss is here. There wasn't much flavor to the pork in the Cubano. If there was any, it was likely overshadowed by all the mustard. Was my first visit and probably my last.
  • Mariana S.
    Mariana SanabriaJune 11, 2010
    any of their sandwiches will do but one of my favorites is the guava-q sandwhich. order this with a side of black bean and corn salad and on your way out order a cafe con leche.
  • Kara H.
    Kara HSeptember 8, 2014
    Great food! Almost everything on the menu is worth trying. Worth the trek and wait.
  • Roosevelt Collection
    Roosevelt CollectionDecember 20, 2011
    Sign up for their text message alerts to get specials and promotions! Oh and don't forget to try their fabulous sandwich selection!
  • William W.heart icon on user image
    William WilsonApril 19, 2013
    Loved the Roja and Jerk sandwich. The flavor was so terrific. Can't wait to get the Cubano next!
  • Mike H.heart icon on user image
    Mike HensleyMarch 10, 2015
    The Chimichurri sandwich is great! And the cafecito is a must have drink!
  • Kariheart icon on user image
    KariApril 13, 2016
    Ropa vieja sandwich and everything on the menu is as cheap as subway or jimmy john's but 10 times better
  • Tim C.heart icon on user image
    Tim ChenMarch 2, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Everyone loves the sandwiches but try the exotica salad. It's one of the best salads I've ever had.
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