inspired by the thread a couple of days ago on cuban sammiches, I decided to head up milwaukee to the oft-discussed yet never visited (by me) Cafeteria Marianao.
first of all, interesting drive up milwaukee, kind of got me thinking about the mil-walk-ee and trying to re-jigger my schedule to make this fantastic idear of a CH gathering. My main concern on the walk - will there be enough time to stop into all the discount shopping locations to pick up old tee shirts and curly que straws and other things I need? This stretch of the ave. is loaded with cool looking places.
the cafeteria is a nice little place - and was bumping when we got there around noon. never having been, I didn't really understand the ordering system so I kind of hung around and waited until one of the countermen asked if I had been helped (I think, it was in spanish). ordered me a sandwich and watched as the assembly began - toasting, then dressing the bread, then a final pressing until ready. not much in the way of side orders, so I had a big bag of hot flavored cheese doodles while I waited, and some disgusting bubble gum flavored cola.
anyway, the sandwich was very, very good. a bit different from the version I'm used to, from havana chelsea in nyc, in that there was a lot more cheese, and it was melted thoroughly, giving what I thought was a pleasant moisture to what can be a dry sandwich. the pork was also nice and moist, and tasty, and the odd pickle added a bit of crunch and extra flavor. I finished the whole thing in about 3 minutes, and, if I weren't in a hurry, probably would have ordered up one of the equally delicious looking steak sandwiches (on the same bread, with lots of mayo, grilled onions, and tomatos). iN any event, it was a great little lunch, and worth the extremely out of the way location for the price (just over $4).
will be back.