I’m part of a group of Joffrey ballet ticket holders that has come together and grown through one friend we all know in common. One of the best parts of our outings is meeting up for a quick dinner at Cafecito, about a block away from the Auditorium Theatre, which we did recently for the third (and final) performance of the Joffrey’s season. This Cuban coffeehouse is a gem―most offerings are under $10 and beyond ordinary. It’s known for its pressed sandwiches, especially an excellent Cubano. More recently its Gallego soup, a hearty mix of white beans, chorizo, ham, and potatoes, has won raves in the major food pubs (and enthusiastically confirmed by a member in our group).
But given that the temps were hitting a rare 85 in the first week of May, the Salade Exotica in my opinion was the obvious choice. I must confess that I’ve had this salad on a previous visit, and was hoping it was still on the menu so that I could order it again. Owner Philip Ghantous said he ran it initially as a special, but he had so many customers ask for it, he has been keeping it as an ongoing item for the time being. A heap of baby spinach houses plump grilled shrimp, ripe avocado slices, hearts of palm, chopped tomato, sweet corn, and thinly sliced purple onion. With colors—and flavors—as alluring as these, it’s good to know you won’t have to venture far for a tropical treat.
26 East Congress Parkway
Monday-Friday, 7:00am – 9:00pm
Saturday & Sunday, 10:00am – 6:00pm