90 Miles Cuban Café

Restaurants, Cuban Logan Square
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90 Miles Cuban Café
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90 Miles

This sibling location of Clybourn Avenue’s popular Cuban carryout joint is nearly a spitting image of the original—same toasted Cuban sandwiches, same flaky empanadas, same garlicky yuca chips, same potent café con leche. But even if the tiny interior, with its newspaper-covered walls, elicits the same claustrophobia, the big draws here are the spacious front and back patios, tropical ambience and mixers to turn BYO liquor into mojitos.

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Venue name: 90 Miles Cuban Café
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Address: 2540 W Armitage Ave
Chicago
60647
Cross street: at Stave St
Opening hours: Sun-Thurs 10am-10pm; Fri, Sat 10am-11pm
Transport: El stop: Western (Blue). Bus info: 49, 56, 73.
Price: Average main course: $11
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tastemaker

Clearly, we just had a bad experience. I've been trying to come here for years and we finally got ourselves together and made a reservation for 7pm on a Saturday. We got there and of course the place was packed. They sent us to the waiting area for what we were told would be five minutes, but that turned into an hour. I approached someone to find out the status of our table and was told that they took me out of the system because they text us to tell us our table was ready, but since we didn't reply, they eliminated our reservation. I never received a text, but they did apologize and brought us to a little two-seater table near the outdoor exit door. It was probably just bad luck, but guarantee it was the worst table in the restaurant. I would have been totally okay with that except that the remainder of the visit was equally lack-luster. We were seated without menus. Our server was incredibly indifferent. He started telling us about the two person platter special and then literally drifted off mid-sentence, distracted by the large table seated near us and then just walked away. It was so strange. We weren't approached at all to ask if everything was okay. We weren't thanked or told have a good night when he dropped the check. So I definitely give the service (at least for us that evening) a zero at best.

As for the food: I had the goat cheese and chorizo empanada and that was the best thing I had. My husband had the churassco and that was fantastic, but the yuka was just okay and the rice wasn't anything special. I had the DDD suggested pork dish and I just didn't care for it. It was cooked well and all that jazz, I just didn't love the fruit tones of the dish. The plantains were delish and I loved the sangria mix.

It was affordable and cute inside.

tastemaker

Great Cuban spot with an even better patio in Logan Square. As many have noted, it's BYOB, but you can actually order some pretty great sangria and mojito mixes and bring your own wine or rum (just note, it'll cost around $14 I think for the mix, which serves about 6-7 drinks). The chicken stew is great, as is the salmon, for a lighter option. Definitely check out this spot in the summer! 


Also, one time I was quoted an hour wait, but it actually took about 4 minutes, lol, so keep that in mind. 

Tastemaker

Excellent quality Cuban food at an affordable price! The Cubano is always a win for a quick lunch on the-go as well as their empanadas. Their ropa vieja is probably one of my favorite dishes to get there during dinner and I always recommend it to people who I take there. Atmosphere is chill and service is always friendly. This is easily one of my favorite Cuban places in the city. 


Love the ambiance! Best ropa vieja...there's literally no dish I wouldn't recommend. My favorite is their butcher special with meats, seafood, rice and beans gives you a nice combination of flavors. Simply Sabroso!
To top it off it's BYOB best of both worlds.


So I’m kind of obsessed with 90 Miles. While the weekly pig roast doesn’t turn out to be my thing, (not big on pork) I love everything else I’ve had here and keep coming back to the Ropa Vieja. Most of all, I love the ambiance of their lively patio where you can bring your own six pack and take a little vacation from the Midwest.

 


Cute BYOB spot on the edge of Bucktown/Logan. Their patio is the main attraction, it’s enclosed so during the winter it feels like a mini tropical getaway. The prices are a bit high on some dishes but the food is great. The flash-fried pork dish on their dinner menu with onions is juicy and wonderful. Make sure to bring some wine or a bottle of rum and order their pre-made Sangria and Mojito pitchers!