La Unica Food Mart

This little bodega, hidden among Indian and Middle-Eastern restaurants in the Rogers Park/Edgewater neighborhood, offers a wide variety of food, kitchen miscellany, and imports. The first aisle offers a small variety of produce including Latin American favorites such as yucca and platanos. Goya products of every kind, Carribean and South American spices, and imported beauty products line the shelves. There is also a small liquor aisle displaying less-known beers and hard alcohol.

At the back of the store, past a deli counter carrying a variety of imported Spanish sausages (and interesting cuts of meat) is a slanted floor leading to a restaurant area that seats about fifty people. Here, at extremely affordable prices, you can order Cuban, Mexican, Peruvian, and Colombian dishes and beverages. The creamy Café Cubano con Leche will warm your belly on a cold night and a quick shot of espresso wakes you while on-the-go. Although the Cuban Sandwich are a common order among the patrons (coming in at $4.49), other dishes such as the Pechuga de Pollo en Mantequilla with a side of tostones and black beans and rice are not to be ignored! The chicken is tender, and the servings are plentiful. Don’t let the outdated 70s paneling and orange and brown décor fool you! This is a great place to catch a quick, cheap meal.

Average meal with beverage: $10

La Unica Food Mart
1515 West Devon Avenue
Chicago, IL 60660-1313
(773) 274-7788

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10 thoughts on “La Unica Food Mart

  1. There is a similar place on intersection of45th street and Ashland ave. called El Internatinoal , the grocery store section is quant , but the Taqueria in the back of the place is absolutely to die for , it is certainly worth the treck into the middle of the meat packing district as the food is soo delicious that i find myself taking people there just so that hey can experience the deliciousness as well

  2. There is a similar place on intersection of45th street and Ashland ave. called El Internatinoal , the grocery store section is quant , but the Taqueria in the back of the place is absolutely to die for , it is certainly worth the treck into the middle of the meat packing district as the food is soo delicious that i find myself taking people there just so that hey can experience the deliciousness as well

  3. I live walking distance from La Unica, and was delighted to see your review! What got me super excited is that they have tamales from all over Latin America — I’ve bought Mexican, Honduran and Cuban — in the freezers along the back wall. The problem for me was that there were no instructions (not even in Spanish). I just stuck them in the toaster oven and hoped for the best! If I was brave enough to ask for instructions in my very broken Spanish, maybe I would have had better results…

  4. I live walking distance from La Unica, and was delighted to see your review! What got me super excited is that they have tamales from all over Latin America — I’ve bought Mexican, Honduran and Cuban — in the freezers along the back wall. The problem for me was that there were no instructions (not even in Spanish). I just stuck them in the toaster oven and hoped for the best! If I was brave enough to ask for instructions in my very broken Spanish, maybe I would have had better results…

  5. I’m glad you all like this place. It seems so few people know about it. I (and some of my family members) take the trip over there every couple months to pick up things that are hard to come by in the ‘burbs. Morcilla chorizo, good quality olive oil, and yes, replenish our collection of saint candles (there’s a shelving unit in the back by the restaurant that houses all these santos).

  6. I’m glad you all like this place. It seems so few people know about it. I (and some of my family members) take the trip over there every couple months to pick up things that are hard to come by in the ‘burbs. Morcilla chorizo, good quality olive oil, and yes, replenish our collection of saint candles (there’s a shelving unit in the back by the restaurant that houses all these santos).

  7. Thanks to this article, I decided to go and pick up some sandwiches for lunch with friends. It was quite a hit! I especially liked my large cafe con leche, very sweet and lots of milk!

  8. Thanks to this article, I decided to go and pick up some sandwiches for lunch with friends. It was quite a hit! I especially liked my large cafe con leche, very sweet and lots of milk!

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