Though Spanish is the predominant language in the kitchen at La Catedral Cafe, under new management since January of 2012, the restaurant's eclectic cuisine translates to any palate. The menu is rife with American sandwiches, Mexican entrees, and breakfast dishes that fuse the two, but somehow without the use of magnets. It also adapts these flavors to the dietary practices of vegans and vegetarian diners. Ornate rounded tables dot the rustic dining room, where ceiling fans lazily loop above sunbaked decor that evokes a high-end south-of-the-border hot spot.
A family owned Pastry Shop, Pastel! cakes created a cozy and relax athmosphere. A place where you can indulge yourself with some unique pastries, cookies and more. We wanted to create something different and unique this side of Chicago. We love what we do and strive to provide you with delicious pastries every time!
Karen Gruber founded The Perfect Dinner to confront the dilemma she saw facing “working, commuting, chauffeuring moms”: either burn out trying to cook after long days, or grab fast food and end up feeling guilty. The Perfect Dinner aims to break the cycle with crowd-pleasing family dinners made fresh each day and available for pickup or delivery.
Convenient containers can go straight into the oven, microwave, or refrigerator, with three size options ensuring that there's enough for all family members and any dishwashers demanding sustenance. Each day's menu is marked to clarify which items accommodate special diets, including gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, and nut-free choices.
The Perfect Dinner also caters feasts with platters, plated dinners, casual party fare, and other options tailored for each event, whether hosts need assorted quiches for a brunch event or 20 flank-steak sliders to fuel cheers during badminton matches.
Pastoral services take place daily at the nonprofit Café El Meson, which provides literature and camaraderie in order to bridge the gap between Christian religious practice and daily life. Beyond a nook containing the sandwich counter and the espresso machine, wood tables spread out under an A-frame ceiling, and armchairs cozy up to a fireplace. Visitors sup on the El Meson sandwich, a ham, turkey, and pepper-jack shindig held on a focaccia-bread dance floor, and they imbibe blended drinks flavored with mango, peach, and other fruit flavors. Musical instruments displayed near the entrance evince a commitment to creative collaboration, and a gurgling fountain on the patio reveals what regular speech therapy can do for a puddle.
Designated the Forest Park/Oak Park area’s best local coffee shop by Chicago magazine in 2007, Blue Max Coffee treats farmers and taste buds with equal consideration, serving a menu of fair-trade joe and café eats. The shop’s baristas freshly roast and taste test brews, allowing only the most esteemed coffees to kiss locals' lips. The primo potables are complemented by homemade fare such as the breakfast panini with applewood-smoked bacon, spinach, scrambled eggs, and cheddar cheese ($8.50). Organic steel-cut oats, granola, blueberries, bananas, vanilla soy protein powder, and steamed milk conspire to create just-right bowls of breakfast porridge ($6.75) ideal for taunting bears of all sizes.
Located in the heart of Pilsen, Nitecap Coffee Bar draws in the community with live music, artisan brews by Metropolis Coffee, and a menu of Latin-inspired deli and panini sandwiches. Patrons can savor the El Vez—a spin on the classic peanut butter 'n' jelly that's made with roasted plantains, old-fashioned peanut butter, and guava jam—or opt for a pork-loin sandwich dressed with housemade aioli. Baristas flavor hot chocolate, mocha lattes, and other café drinks with housemade chocolate and syrups, but guests can also take advantage of Nitecap's BYOB policy.
Against a backdrop of music and aromatic wafts of roasted coffee beans, Cafe Ballou's baristas serve a menu's worth of steamy mugs of fresh coffee and tea. The café's edibles and drinks are locally sourced, including coffee from Intelligentsia, custom-blended Tiesta teas, and a selection of baked goods provided by JR Dessert Bakery. Below the lofty, painted tin ceiling and low-hanging amber lights, sofas and wooden chairs offer cozy spots to surf the free WiFi, take in the collection of local artwork on the walls, or practice astral projection. The inviting space also hosts a calendar artistic events, including live music, poetry readings, and open-mic nights.