if you haven’t checked out the California and Augusta intersection in Humboldt Park lately, clear your schedule, pull on your loosest-fitting jeans and prepare to embark on one of Chicago’s most epic food crawls. Over the past year, a new dessert spot (with some of the best pies in the city), a revamped cocktail bar, a coffee shop and two restaurants joined stalwart Rootstock, turning the area into one of the most delicious neighborhoods in the city.
The newest—and at press, unnamed—spot in the intersection is an all-day café from chef Mike Simmons (Rootstock, Lula Cafe) and partners. While daytime offerings skew toward American diner fare, the dinner vibe is more of a wine bar. Bonus: Grab snacks and booze from the deli case and cooler to take home.