Dennis and Celeste Walker opened Arcedium Coffeehouse with the motto: "For coffee lovers, by coffee lovers." This ardor for the bean is seen in the artisanal roasts they create onsite with their Diedrich custom roaster. Their house blend combines Ethiopian and Indonesian coffees, whereas other roasts showcase just one distinct regional bean from countries such as Guatemala, Kenya, and Papua New Guinea. A café menu of sandwiches, muffins, and dessert bars complements the selection of coffees, plus there are teas and smoothies for those not in the mood for a cup of joe.
The smell of chocolate-chip cookies baking in the oven has a tendency to unleash waves of childhood memories, especially when those cookies are iconic Nestl? Toll House creations. At Nestl? Toll House Caf? by Chip, passionate bakers coax out these memories by using Nestl? products to create decadent desserts that taste just as satisfying as they did years ago.
Owned and operated by longtime Carol Stream entrepreneur Sindy Rogers, Manhattan's gives customers a place to relax and enjoy classic American specialties. The menu includes classics of the American kitchen such as beef stew ($10.99, $8.99 for seniors), as well as inventive takes on old standbys such as the Flaming burger—8-ounces of angus beef steak burger topped with saganaki cheese and lit on fire table-side, much to the delight of carnivorous pyromaniacs ($11.99). The restaurant itself is handsomely outfitted with wood paneling, featuring a large dining room and full bar with several flat-screen TVs hanging majestically above it like so many twinkling stars in the depths of the firmament.
Four Beans Coffeehouse's baristas sate the ping of caffeine cravings with a bevy of flavorful fresh-brewed coffees, fine teas, and baked goods. Cool overheated summer stomachs with an iced caramel macchiato ($3.90 medium; $4.30 large), or stoke the fires of creative frenzy with a hot mocha ($3.50 small; $4 medium; $4.50 large). Quick eats, such as the croissant sandwich ($2.99) with egg salad, tuna salad, or chicken salad, banish midday munchies. A cup of French press tea ($3.95) comes in over 80 varieties, served in a porcelain cup and saucer that take turns politely engaging customers in philosophical debates. For take-home orders, bean buffs can purchase blends from all corners of the actually round world, including the Ethiopian Harrar, a complex medium roast with hints of blueberry and cinnamon flavor, or the Tanzanian Peaberry, a mellow companion.
Limestone Coffee & Tea's organic, fair-trade coffees are brewed with beans from Chicago Coffee Roasters, promoting feelings of health and responsibility with each sip from the classic coffee menu. Caffeinate a morning with a double latte ($2.90) or a cup of the daily brew ($1.60/12 oz.), or enhance a standard teatime with Green Walnut tea, a smooth green tea mixed with coconut and halved walnuts ($1.75/12 oz.). To combine solid sustenance with luxury beverages, peruse the light breakfast and lunch menu for café fare such as a slice of spinach-and-feta quiche ($4.16) and an herbed bacon bagels, an everything bagel crowned with onions and bacon ($5.50).
As a child in Modena, Italy, Andrea Chiappelli watched grapes slowly transform into balsamic vinegar on his family's aceteria. Growing up steeped in this landscape of Old World agriculture, it's hardly a surprise that he fell in love with the full, organic flavors that sprang from it. Yet it is surprising how his passion manifests itself. Andrea eventually left the Italian countryside to begin a career in mechanical engineering, and it's this talent that he uses to fine tune the gelato production at O' Sole Mio.
There, the team of Italian-Americans and Italian enthusiasts hand-make creamy gelato in more than 300 traditional and modern flavors, from sweet balsamic vinegar to ricotta with pear or salted caramel. These scoops come in a cup, a cone, or even a cup of hot chocolate made with melted squares of real milk chocolate. The staff also creates plates of cannoli and pasta to preempt sweet bites or pair with an Italian martini for a meal that transports mouths to Venice without requiring them to pack their taste buds in an overnight bag.