35th Street Café

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.

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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