Just had lunch w/a client at the Cafeteria Marianao, located at 2246 N. Milwaukee in Chicago, phone: 773.278.4533
Cafeteria Marianao is a stand up/take out small shop on Chicago's near NW side. Client had a Cuban sandwich. He was nice enough to give me a bite. I've had many Cuban sandwiches; Cafeteria Marianao's is a good Cuban sandwich, not great.
Now the sandwich I had on the other hand was really good. It was the bistec con queso or steak sandwich w/cheese. The thin sliced steak pieces are boiled in a slightly vinegary pot on the stove until done. Then the steak is put on Cuban bread w/tomatoes, stewed onions and cheese. The whole sandwich is then grilled crispy, YUM! YUM!
I think my client wanted me to share more of my sandwich. Oh well, at only $2.75 for the Steak sandwich w/cheese and $2.50 for the Cuban sandwich, it is cheap to get your own.
Also served are lots and lots of cafe cubano con leche, the little cups of powerful coffee that you see people in Miami stopping by food stands for.
I believe I saw the hours as 7am-7pm daily.
The steak sandwich is well worth the trip to try.