Subway: Brown, Orange, Pink, Purple (rush hrs) to Library; Red, Blue to Jackson(312) 922-2233 cafecitochicago.com41.875804 -87.626366 26 E Congress Pkwy (between State St Wabash Ave) South Loop, Chicago
Breakfast, lunch, dinner (closes 6pm Sat, Sun)Average sandwich: $6
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.