Subway: Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Wellington(773) 698-6867 macondochicago.com41.935795 -87.663074 2965 N Lincoln Ave (between George St and Wellington Ave) Lakeview, Chicago
Lunch, dinnerAverage main course: $7
Its menu might be narrow in focus, but this empanada-and-coffee shop from the Las Tablas clan aims to spread Colombian culture. Handmade wares, packaged foods, CDs of Colombian bands and fair-trade coffee are imported, but (thankfully) the empanadas are made fresh on-site. The pocket itself is nice and crisp (if slightly greasy), and the roasted veggie empanada packs plenty of flavor. Rich, fried foods coupled with sticky-sweet desserts don’t make for a light lunch, but the potent coffee should perk you up.