Painted depictions of giant orange slices, strawberries, and cups of coffee grace the pale blue walls inside Off The Wall Caf?. Tables with red seating and a long countertop flanked by bright blue stools host platefuls of fluffy omelets, biscuits, and 10 kinds of skillets. During lunch hours, the grills heat up for burgers and specialty fries, including parmesan-garlic fries and sweet-potato fries with a honey-cinnamon-butter dip.
A combination frozen-yogurt and coffee shop, OozCafe invites patrons to craft their own frosty treats and customize steaming cups of Lavazza coffee. A rotating cast of 12 yogurt flavors such as peanut butter, cake batter, and eight types of vanilla pours forth from machines into cups quivering with excitement. Thirty-five toppings and syrups stand at the ready to top mounds of yogurt with mints, cookies, and candies. Nearby, coffee and tea drinks ranging from chilled oolong to pumpkin-spice chai lattes wash down bites of yogurt.
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 gyro yielders at Kronos Gyros & Café combine authentically Greek ingredients to prepare fresh and flavorful Mediterranean pitas and gyros and salads as well as local specialties. Mediterranean munching commences with the gyros platter, stacked with seasoned meat, rice pilaf, hummus, warm pita wedges, and a choice of salad ($7.49). Flatbread pizza crust keeps a low profile beneath the show-stealing combo of toppings on the barbecue chicken pizza ($5.99), including chopped chicken, tomato, onion, barbecue sauce, and mozzarella cheese. Local specialties offer flavors as familiar as the back of your hand tattooed with your monogram, including the Chicago-style Vienna beef hot dog ($2.49) and Maxwell Street polish sausage ($3.99). Celebrate sweet victory over hunger with honey and granola-filled greek yogurt ($1.50) or flaky baklava ($1).
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).