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Better Cuban Restuarants in Chicago

labor_boy Feb 3, 2012 08:07 AM

Just saw an episode of Guy's Big Bite and he had a segment on a Cuban restaurant in Bradenton, FL that had me curious and excited about AUTHENTIC Cuban cuisine. Is there anything in the Chicago/suburban area that would be worth exploring ?

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    StreetFed Feb 6, 2012 02:51 PM

    I LOVE Cuban food, YUMMMMM!

    I grew up on El Prado's (Which was considered the very best. On Lake street in Maywood-IL) food plus I learned to cook Cuban cuisine via my parents Cuban friends who arrived here from Havana in the early 60's.

    The owners of Siboney Cuban Cuisine located on Western Avenue in Bucktown, imported their chef from a popular hotel in Havana...it's the closest to El Prado that I've tried. This is a nice place for a date night. Also try the sportyish adjoining bar too. I had a fantastic Arroz con Pollo!! The skirt steak is outstanding as well.

    Enjoy!

    Another fun Cuban place is, 90 Miles To Cuba on Armitage at Rockwell, plus it's BYOB!!! This place gets pretty hopping on the weekends with quite a few birthday and anniverary celebrations...I've seen people dancing around the tables which can be quite fun!! They will provide the pitcher of fresh muddled mojito's, don't forget to bring your bottle of rum.

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      Gonzo70 Feb 6, 2012 09:20 AM

      I enjoy Cafe 28; I am not real familiar with Cuban food so do not know how authentic the cuisine is there, but I have had several really good meals there. Might be worth looking into.

      1. camusman Feb 5, 2012 12:26 PM

        Habana Libre, 1440 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago
        http://www.habanalibrerestaurant.com/

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          libgirl2 Feb 5, 2012 10:13 AM

          There used to be a real nice place in Naperville that I could get the food I grew up with, then they closed. A couple of other places opened and closed since then. Looks like the burbs just don't do Cuban food.

          1. weinstein5 Feb 3, 2012 12:38 PM

            I have always enjoyed the Mambo Grill -

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            Mambo Grill
            412 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60610

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              labor_boy Feb 6, 2012 09:38 AM

              Weinstein:

              Thank you for the suggestion.

              1. re: labor_boy
                camusman Feb 6, 2012 10:54 AM

                Mambo Grill closed in 2010 with plans to relocate to 410 N. Wells.
                But I'm pretty sure that hasn't happened.
                http://www.mambogrill.com/
                Apparently the owners are focusing their energies on a sister restaurant, Kinzie Chophouse.

                1. re: camusman
                  weinstein5 Feb 6, 2012 11:08 AM

                  you cab tell it has been a while since I have been -

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