A Sandwich a Day: The Miami at Cafe Bolero

A Sandwich a Day

Reviews of Chicago sandwiches.


[Photo: Michell Eloy]

Situated along bustling Western Avenue, Cafe Bolero is a quaint restaurant that's known for its upscale though reasonably priced Cuban fare. Specializing in traditional dishes like boliche and lechon (and killer Mojitos), Cafe Bolero aims to transport its patrons 90 miles south of the border to give them the full island experience with its cuisine, the vibrant art decorating the walls, and live Cuban music Tuesday and Thursday nights.

But the restaurant puts an American spin on the classic Cuban sandwich with The Miami ($7.00). Think BLT, but south of Florida style. The standard Cuban sandwich ingredients of ham slices, melted swiss cheese, roasted pork loin and mustard are still there. But Cafe Bolero adds lettuce, tomato, and bacon (really, what's more American than bacon?) and smashes it all together between a loaf of French bread. With bacon, pork loin, and ham present, The Miami is a hearty, filling meal as far as sandwiches go. Served with a small bean salad, it's more than satiating. And because of all the ingredients, The Miami is also a bit of a challenge to eat. But for the dedicated meat lover, this sandwich is a carnivore's delight.

Cafe Bolero

2252 North Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647(map)
(773) 227-9000