You might expect a place that has a 70% vegetarian menu and was completely nonsmoking before it had to be to serve boring dishes made with soy milk and flaxseeds. But this coffee shop/bar/restaurant/performance space will surprise you. During brunch, the winners keep coming: The huevos rancheros are gooey, cheesy and substitute black-bean cakes for tortillas; and the fruit plate sometimes comes with passion-fruit sorbet and a slice of white-chocolate banana bread. The dinner hour brings Jeff Buckley tributes and enough surprisingly good cocktails to get through them.
|Venue name:||Uncommon Ground|
3800 N Clark St
|Cross street:||at Grace St|
|Opening hours:||Breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner|
|Transport:||El stop: Red to Addison. Bus: 22, 80, 152.|
|Price:||Average main course: $11|