To be honest, anyone who serves us freshly made potato chips—especially if they’re crisp and hot out of the fryer—knows the way to our heart. We can’t see past them; for a few minutes, anyway, nothing else matters. If the casually charming 35th Street Café served nothing but its superb, just-made chips, we would still be fans. But there’s also actual food, protein and vegetables and things: omelets and other breakfast favorites from 7 a.m. till 2 p.m. every day; sandwiches, salads, soups, and a few dinner specials afterward. We loved a Tuesday night offering we happened upon—grilled chicken medallions with rich, garlicky mashed potatoes and bright sautéed vegetables ($7.99). We were also excited about our chili ($4 a bowl), our grilled-vegetable panino ($6.50), and our simple but right-on cheeseburger. To top things off, there’s an ever-changing but always alarmingly appealing selection of house-made sweets. Keep an eye out for the party-pretty yellow cake topped with berries ($1.99) and an over-the-top sticky pecan concoction that’s both pielike and cakelike ($2.99), pure decadence. Even the coffee is well made and, at $2.95 for a large latte, a steal. BYO. 1735 W. 35th St.; 773-523-3500.
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