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Restaurants, Latin American Lake View
4 out of 5 stars
(1user review)
Photograph: Max Herman Cassava

Time Out says

The hot chocolate at this unassuming café can run with the best of them—it’s as thick as the stuff at XOCO and as nuanced as the stuff at Vosges. It’s so good, in fact, that perhaps the café should push it as its main attraction. Because as it stands now, the tiny, eponymous cassava rolls are decent vehicles for flavor (cheddar and jalapeño; sun-dried tomato and basil) but have a gummy texture that takes some getting used to. True, they’re gluten-free, as are the empanadas, whose crust is also made from the cassava plant.



Address: 3338 N Clark St
Cross street: between Buckingham Pl and Roscoe St
Transport: El stop: Red, Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Belmont. Bus: 8, 22, 77.
Price: Average baked good: $3
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 11am–8pm; Sat, Sun 10am–7pm
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I really liked the filling of the Empanadas but the gluten-free shell was extremely thick and dense. I have to admit these were a catering order and not extremely fresh, so that may have impacted the pastry texture. 

I had the Beef and Cheddar as well as the Pulled Pork though I have to admit that I enjoyed the Beef much more. The rice and lentil side was very flavorful and the mango salsa was very good. It tasted like salsa with a hint of mango instead of the fruit salad some places call a mango salsa.

I would go here to eat and not recommend the catering or delivery because the empanadas are best eaten fresh.