Monday, June 26, 2017

Bia's Cafe Marianao

-The Sammy's of Chi

As the reshaping of Logan Square continues some good places have been lost along the way. I was sad to see the locally loved Cafeteria Marianao (report HERE) shut it down last year after the owner sold the building. They were loved for their Cuban style sandwiches and espresso. Now I'm happy to see it come back to life in the form of Bia's Cafe Marianao on Addison just west of Milwaukee.

Bia's Cafe Marianao

Before I moved to the Logan Square/Bucktown border I'd been to Cafeteria Marianao a handful of times and always liked it. Then when I moved into the area I found myself there pretty often. Always for one thing and one thing only which is the famous steak sandwich that probably accounted for about 75% of the orders at the old shop. Thinly sliced boiled (in something potent) steak topped with mojo laced onions paired with melted processed cheese. Basically a Cuban style cheesesteak. Yes.

Steak Sandwich with Cheese

If you couldn't tell from the pic it's as good as ever. Notice the perfect toast job on the bread which isn't something they used to do. The new space is much larger and not nearly as chaotic. I felt the sandwiches were sometimes rushed at the old spot due to limited space on the sandwich press. Not so here. One of the great steak sandwiches in the city and something that can be downright craveworthy so it's wonderful to have the option for one back in the fold. Still a steal at $5 and change.

To New Memories...

Bia's Cafe Marianao
4323 W Addison St
Chicago, IL 60641
(773) 993-0178

1 comment:

Constantine said...

This place is stunning. The architecture is beautiful and the decoration is spectacular. Environment was transparent and resonant and warm and immediate. I loved these New York Event Venues and my experience here was very exciting.

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