This place feels like a lot of great neighborhood diners in Chicago feel. The decor hasn't changed since some time in the 60's, the front 3/4's is taken up with horseshoe-shaped counters. The coffee is served in styrofoam cups, and nothing is fancy. Our family loved it. The food is unpretentious (we had breakfast, so didn't sample the mofongo). Halfway through our meal the owner's teenage daughter came in and gave him a big hug over the counter, which started a conversation in which I introduced him to my teenage daughter. We all had a great time getting to know each other a bit and sharing our hopes and dreams for the next generation. Does it get better than that? This meal, in my mind is the ideal bookend to our equally enjoyable, but incredibly pricier experience at Marmalade.
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