Cafeteria Marianao

Palmer Square

Don’t go expecting tablecloths and doting waiters—this Cuban lunch counter is no-frills, and that’s just fine with the regulars who line up every morning for their eye-opening café cortado and a warm toasted sandwich. You’d think the Cubano sandwich is the required order here, but the big draw is the steak: thin slices of juice-dripping beef piled onto fresh bread, topped with griddled onions and toasted on the hot press. It’s usually standing-room only here, so grab some plantain chips and a soda and head for the parking lot if you want to wolf lunch in peace.

Venue name: Cafeteria Marianao
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Address: 2246 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago

Cross street: at Prindiville St
Opening hours: Breakfast, lunch
Transport: El stop: Blue to California. Bus: 52, 56, 74.
Price: Average main course: $5
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