The new owners of this neighborhood coffee shop seem to have ambitions far larger than the tiny (and seemingly unfinished) space would imply. Baristas are superfriendly, direct-trade coffee is roasted in-house, and sandwiches are named after storytellers. Options like the Garrison Keillor (turkey, cheddar, avocado, apple and honey mustard on wheat) are basic and straightforward, as are the lattes, but the genuine warmth of the place is more uncommon.
2035 N Western Ave
|Cross street:||at Dickens Ave|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Fri 6:30am–10pm; Sat 7am–10pm; Sun 8am–8pm|
|Transport:||El stop: Blue to Western. Bus: 49, 56, 73.|
|Price:||Average sandwich: $6|