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Storefront serving Ecuadoran food as well as steaks and pasta.

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Manuel Aguilar spent years cooking at Chicago's best steak houses -- the Palm, the Erie Cafe -- before opening this storefront restaurant, which serves his native Ecuadoran cuisine as well as steaks and pasta. Service is warm and gracious, and it’s a family affair: Aguilar’s wife and nephew help in the kitchen. Appetizers include a torta de chodo con queso, a sweet-corn pancake topped with melted cheese; shrimp ceviche; and Aguilar's version of empanadas -- hand-rolled dough stuffed with mildly seasoned meat and deep-fried to a crispy finish. (Melted cheese is an option here, too, but the piquant tomatillo salsa found on each table makes a great alternative topping.) There are several steak preparations plus a variety of chicken and pasta dishes and some creatively conceived seafood plates. The chupe de camarones, for example, is a succulent serving of pan-seared jumbo shrimp with green plantains and yuca in a savory cumin-scented mani sauce; there's also a fish version. Mi Ciudad offers a wide range of fresh fruit juices and shakes (everything from banana to sweet tomato) and Ecuadoran sodas.

Laura Levy Shatkin

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