Restaurants , Cuban South Loop
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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
Address: 26 E Congress Pkwy
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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Laura R

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. 

Zach L

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.