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Updated: June 16, 2011 6:57PM

Chicago cafes that are quietly wonderful (and have good food, too):

 Donna’s Cafe, 1255 S. State; (312) 461-1005; Opens early, closes late. Cozy, pristine. Good food, good music. Some vegan choices, but the heart of the menu deals with “jazzy salads, sandwiches” and combos. Roasted chicken sandwich, roasted turkey sandwich, Very creative salads.

 Bananas Foster Cafe, 1147 W. Granville; (773) 262-9855; bananas From hot cakes to eggs Benny and beyond, this comfortable and pleasant neighborhood cafe has come into its own. Complete menu includes steak, fish, chicken and stews. Don’t miss the “original bananas Foster” for dessert. Check online for specials such as half-price wine night and fish and chips night.

 Avocado Eatery, 1913 N. Milwaukee; (773) 442-2333; Vegans sing praises about this smart cafe and enjoy the vegan avocado wrap, vegan poboy (eggplant). Menu highlights include avocado house salad, chicken salad sandwich, green salad and four cheese dip. Signature vegan avocado spinach wrap will open your eyes to how tasty a vegan option can be.

Pat Bruno

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