Omarcitos gets its name from Owner and Chef Omar Cadena—a first-generation born in the United States to Cuban and Ecuadorian parents and a proud Chicago native. The meaning of the name comes from being the grandson of Omar Jimenez, the successful jewelry entrepreneur of Omar's Jewelry who opened for business in Logan Square back in 1979. (In Spanish, adding ‘cito’ to the end of a name is an endearing way to refer to someone as a little version of someone.) Omar has spent over 20 years working in kitchens across Chicago including the last seven years as general manager of BIG & Littles in Wicker Park. A lot of hard work, long days, sweat and tears went into the creation of Omarcitos.
The vibe you get being here comes from a genuine love for cooking food and making others happy. What we can promise you is delicious Latin American street food, friendly service, and a good time with good people. Here are some final words from Omar himself: "What I want to provide at Omarcitos is an overall experience. The music is right. The vibe is inviting, warm, and welcoming. From the moment you approach the building, you should automatically feel "I'm at the right place." Because when you eat here, you're familia.