Rabo de res and lomo saltado from La Unica in Edgewater, Chicago --- I don't know why, but I've somehow forgotten that La Unica existed for the past 5 years. I used to love them back when I was in grad school, so I figured I'd pay them an overdue visit. We ordered the rabo de res (oxtail served with a Cuban tamal and black beans) and lomo saltado(?!?). The oxtail was all sorts of delicious, though we didn't care much for this particular tamal. It was a rich, sticky braise perfect for a cold day and a great value at only $11 or so (where else are you finding this for so cheap?). The real surprise was the lomo saltado. As a Peruvian dude, I was impressed by the way this mostly-Cuban/somewhat Mexican restaurant-inside-a-pan-Hispanic-bodega executed the dish. It was missing some fine touches (garlic rice, potatoes softened by the soy sauce in the stir fry, the lomo needing to be a bit thicker to assert itself in the dish), but it was good nonetheless. And with its portion size, might be the best 'value' in terms of price by weight (though @tasteofperuchicago in Rogers Park still wins that award IMO). Will have to add La Unica back to my regular rotation of restaurants in the Northside!