Bad Wolf Coffee – Get It While You Can

Bad Wolf Coffee Cappuccino

Bad Wolf Coffee Cappuccino

Bad Wolf coffee is a locally owned shop with a menu that changes daily. If you are lucky they will have kouign amann –– an amazingly sweet croissant-like pastry with layers of sugar and butter. Check out my Tastemade videos to see for yourself:

Standing room only makes this a spot where conversing in real life is encouraged instead of staring into a computer screen. Bright colors and artwork cover the walls and morning light give the room a vibrant feel. The coffee is strong and is delivered with some art of its own.

The owner is pulling up stakes to move down south, so stop in and enjoy this unique spot while you can.

Bad Wolf Coffee

Bad Wolf Coffee

Little Goat, Big Plate – West Loop

Little Goat Cappucino

As a fan of Girl and the Goat (I wrote about my last trip here) I had wanted to try out Little Goat  since it opened in late December. We arrived at just before 2pm on a cold March Friday and it was packed. Luckily there were two seats at the diner bar waiting just for me and a friend. A woman in a purple old-timey diner waitress uniform greeted us as soon as we sat down. I thought they were cute but I could understand if one would prefer to look at them versus wear. This was confirmed when a server said, “…yeah, we looooove them.” Despite being busy the service was great with no less than 2 people checking in on us throughout our stay. Continue reading

Floriole Cafe & Bakery‏ – Lincoln Park

Image via floriole.com

My friend April brought me to Floriole Cafe & Bakery because she thought we would both like it. She has a knack for picking good eating spots.

We ordered the Tartine of the Day: Grilled Sourdough Topped with Goat Cheese, Squash and Herbs. It was served open-face with a side salad. I love squash and this was fresh, hearty and filling. I would definitely get this again.

Also the B.A.D.: Bacon, Arugula, Almond Date Spread and Goat Cheese on Grilled Yeasted Corn Bread. A light take on a BLT. The almond date spread gave it some sweetness that was a nice change. If you have a really big appetite the B.A.D. may not be heavy enough satisfy you. In that case I’d get a side of mac and cheese.

My picture of the B.A.D. did not turn out well but there is a good picture on their website for reference.

The cafe itself is on two levels and has a very spacious open feel to it. The top floor has tons of natural light and makes a good spot to enjoy some coffee, lunch and even use as workspace as I saw a few people camped out with their laptop. I was here on a Friday afternoon and it was busy but plenty of seating.

I am looking forward to going back for some sweets (Creme Fraiche Tea Cake, Pecan Sticky Bun, Savory Galette) and more savory, want to try the grilled cheese (Spring Cheddar, Butterkase and Cheddar Spread on Brioche) — they were out when we were there — must be really good.

I also included some other pictures from Floriole’s site to give you an idea of what they have to offer.

I Have a Secret

Julius Meinl has great coffee (they have been around for 150 years), wonderful tea, quality food and a great space to enjoy all of these things in. But here’s the secret, the real reason to come here are the little cookies they serve with the drinks. There is just one little crisp cinnamon cookie that comes with the drink and I savor it every time. It’s baffling how something so small can have so much wonderful. Trust me, these gems are worth the trip.

So invite your friends to go to Julius Meinl but don’t tell them about the cookies and maybe they will hand it over when you innocently ask, “Can I have that biscuit…”

Other good items to try:

Meinl Baked Eggs – any kind, Bacon Cinnamon Roll, Austrian Breakfast, Nutella Crepes, Soup of the Day, any of the pastries, Chorizo Spätzle and of course any of the many coffee and teas offered.

P.S.  You can buy boxes of the cookies at Julius Meinl. Do so at your own risk…

Lakeview   Julius Meinl is at 3601 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

La Colombe Torrefaction — New Coffee Cafe on Randolph

 

 

 

Image Via lacolombe.com

 

 

I was reading Time Out and saw an article on this new coffee shop that opened on Randolph. What caught my attention was this description from the article, “The latest is La Colombe’s Pure Black, an endurance-strength bottled iced coffee in which Corsica grounds (a blend of Brazilian, Colombian, Honduran and Mexican beans) steep for 16 hours in stainless-steel wine tanks before being pressed, filtered twice and bottled by hand at the roastery’s headquarters in Philadelphia.”

I’m not an avid coffee drinker and that description made my mouth water. I wonder if all of those steps really make a coffee taste better?

 

La Colombe Torrefaction — Cafes.

Coffee For Those That Don’t Really Like Coffee…and beignets

Maybe it’s the chicory, maybe because it is served au lait but whatever it is, I fell in love with this coffee when visiting New Orleans. I was never a coffee drinker and thanks to Cafe Du Monde I became one. Don’t bother waiting to sit on the patio. Head to the to go line and get your cup and beignets. If you really don’t like coffee then the beignets are worth it. And, this is coming from someone who really doesn’t even like beignets.