1458 W Chicago Ave
First impressions: There are a few tables, a couple of which have armchairs, a couch along one wall and limited counter seating. I felt like I could sit for a while and do homework and every table has the Wi-Fi network and password posted, so you don’t have to go back up to ask the barista. Decorations ranged from a wall of black and white portraits to a wall of printed pages with snarky descriptions of Chicago neighborhoods, ie. “Lincoln Park: Watch the Yuppies in their natural habitat.”
Coffee: The menu features Passion House coffee and espresso drinks, as well as tea and non-caffeinated options, like sour cherry lemonade. While my cappuccino had a nice flavor, it wasn’t hot and lacked its signature thick foam. I was able to drink the cappuccino as soon as it was made, and within a couple of minutes, it was room temperature and all the foam was gone.
Food: A variety of breakfast and lunch sandwiches and a selection of sweets, including scones, croissants and cookies. The Heaven Sent sandwich, made with roast beef, white cheddar, red onion, arugula and garlic horseradish mayo on a pretzel bun was overly greasy and while the roast beef was thick cut and juicy, the large chunks of raw red onion overpowered every other flavor. The peanut butter cookie had actual peanuts in it, which added a nice crunch, but it was dry.
Service: The barista greeted everyone who walked in but she still seemed aloof. Staff brought the sandwiches to the table, which was nice so I didn’t have to stand and wait for it. My major complaint was that I was not given change at the register. My bill came to $14.88 and I gave $15. I know it’s only 12 cents, but I still expect to be given the change.
Tab: Cappuccino, $3.25; sandwich, $8.50; cookie, $1.75.—EG