Chicago's must-try dishes
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Cuban sandwich: With hot sandwiches becoming more appealing as Chicago moves deeper into freezing, soul-crushing winter, Paladar -- a modern yet casual spot from the family behind El Cid -- is great for satisfying a comfort food craving. In addition to a plethora of other warm and hearty plates, Paladar serves a mouthwatering, authentic Cuban sandwich that recalls its historic Cuban and 19th-century Floridian roots. Laden with all the usual suspects -- slow-roasted pork, succulent ham, melted Swiss cheese, yellow mustard and thinly sliced pickles -- stuffed between two slightly crispy, buttery and toasty slices of grill-pressed Cuban bread, this filling $7.95 classic is perfect for sating one's appetite and warming up on a cold, otherwise dreary, day. 2252 N. Western Ave., 773-252-474
-- Leah Pickett, special to the Tribune