Cafecito

Restaurants , Cuban Loop
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  • 5 out of 5 stars
(4 user reviews)
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Cafecito
Photograph: Jason Little
The pastries at Cafecito make it a top Cuban restaurant in Chicago.

You don’t have to claim a bunk at the adjacent Hostel International to get your hands on one of this café’s ridiculously good Cuban sandwiches. Sure, sides of roasted eggplant, cannellini bean salad and briny artichokes are flavorful, but there’s no confusion over the star of the show: The Cubano’s crusty bread is toasted just right, its roast pork juicy, its pickles thick, and its mustard and gooey cheese plentiful. And once it’s devoured, only a potent café con leche will keep you from calling the café’s comfy couch home for the day.

Venue name: Cafecito
Contact:
Address: 26 E Congress Pkwy
Chicago
60605
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7am-9pm; Sat, Sun 10am-6pm
Transport: El stop: Brown, Orange, Pink, Purple (rush hrs) to Library; Red, Blue to Jackson.
Price: Average sandwich: $6
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Average User Rating

4.8 / 5

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Dana B

Cafecito is right around the corner from where i work, so it has become a go to for me. I love going here for breakfast for a cafe con leche and a huevos chimichurri. Their caffe con leche is a great pick me up in the morning and I could drink them everyday!

Laura R
moderator

You're bound to encounter a line for hours around lunchtime in the Loop at this favorite spot. I always go for the Proveletta (vegetarian!), but many other options abound for you meat eaters. Service is always great, even as the crowds are hungry. 

Irina G
tastemaker

This is my favorite, very much hidden, gem in the loop; I actually like to pop by this place anytime that I might have a festival or event in Grant Park, or for a nice lunch after a weekend jaunt at the Art Institute, or when I'm showing some visiting friends around and want a quick coffee before taking them into the Harold Washington Library. The cafe con leche is a little sweeter than I'd prefer, but cheap and delicious; and every single sandwich here is absolutely delicious; the Cubano, the Guava-Q is finger-licking good; and every single pastry is nommy and unique, especially the alfajores (caramel/dulce de leche cookie sandwich). The cafe itself is actually directly next to a pretty hipster hostel, and the majority of the customers are definitely college students from Columbia nearby, so this isn't a place you go for ambiance, but rather for a delicious coffee and sandwich and back out on your way for sightseeing Chicago (as a tourist or a local!).

Zach L
moderator

When hunger strikes downtown (as it usually does when your place of employment is in the Loop) Cafecito is a reliable place for a midday meal. The pressed Cuban sandwiches are usually smothered with interesting toppings and served piping hot (they're made to order, so be prepared to wait for your steak to cook). If you're trying to cut back on greasy meals, try the black bean soup—it's great on its own or as a side dish.