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Cafe Marianao 2nd Location

G Wiv | Dec 13, 200309:06 AM

A couple of weeks ago Da Mayor, Vital Information, hipped me to a second location of Cafe Marianao on Armitage just West of Cicero. I am happy to report the essentials are the same at the new Cafe Marianao, though the new CM is larger than the original and has a set system for ordering.

Coincidentally I ate breakfast at the original location on Milwaukee Ave, cafe con leche and a steak sandwich, and had the same for a late lunch at the Armitage location. There were subtle differences, the coffee seemed slightly milkier on Armitage, not as blistering hot either, but still very good, and the steak sandwich had slightly more meat in it for the same price as Milwaukee Ave. Of course more meat for the same price is a good thing.

Speaking of new locations of Chowhound favorites, I heard from Sue (OneRadGirl) a third location of Borinquen home of the Jibarito opened at Western and Grace. This Borinquen even has a small bar. This makes the third location of Borinquen. Sue also mentioned that, sadly, the owner and inventor of the Jibarito passed away in the last couple of weeks.

For the new Chowhounds in the group Cafe Marianao specializes in Cuban sandwiches and coffee and a Jibarito is a sandwich made with pressed fried plantains instead bread.


Cafe Marianao
2246 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647

Cafe Marianao
4825 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

Borinquen Restaurant
1720 N. California Ave
Chicago, IL

Borinquen 2
3020 N Central
Chicago, IL 60634

Borinquen 3
Western and Grace

Jibarito from Borinquen 2


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