El Cubanito | Logan Square | Cuban | Restaurant

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Hours: Monday-Saturday 7 AM-7 PM, Sunday 9 AM-6 PM

Price: $

Teeny northwest-side sandwich shack.

Restaurant Details

The menu at this teeny northwest-side shack is as limited as the cinder-block surroundings: Cuban, steak, and ropa vieja sandwiches plus a handful of breakfast-oriented options like ham and egg. The Cuban sandwich is the star, a classic mix of tender roast pork, smoky ham, Swiss cheese, yellow mustard, and sliced pickles on crusty Cuban bread. When pressed and toasted the various elements fuse into almost perfect balance; my only quibble was with the stingy application of pickle. There's room for about four people to eat on-site, squeezed on stools underneath black-and-white photos of Havana, a mysterious "wine list," and blaring Spanish-language TV. Grab a can of Ironbeer—the sort-of diluted, fruitier Dr. Pepper that touts itself as Cuba's "national beverage"—and head for roomier environs.

Martha Bayne

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