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This Evanston cafe is another place that stopped me in my tracks as I stepped inside the door. It’s beautiful and inviting! Taking it all in, I saw the refrigerated cases on the wall to my left for grab-and-go beverages. To my right was a table with menus, one for each meal and beyond that a lounge area with people chatting and working. I could see to the back, where there were tables and chairs for dining.
I stepped forward and was drawn immediately to the bakery case. So much to lust after. I asked the smiling counter person how it all worked. She said to order everything with her and pay. The drinks would be made right then for me to take to my table. The food would be delivered from the kitchen. Got it.
Besides espresso (the incredible coffee beans come from Greece), juices and protein drinks, they have a glorious selection of teas. We ordered carefully because the baked goods and pastries were calling.
The mushroom omelette was filled with wild mushrooms, Gruyere and spinach. Hash browns were on the plate. So good. The sweet potato bowl with brown rice, kale, vegan coconut curry and a poached egg was a knockout.
The Number 5 was a sandwich on a croissant with ham off the bone, Wisconsin cheddar and a fried egg. One bite kept leading to another because the croissant was buttery and flaky and held the ingredients so carefully.
I looked into the kitchen through the glass window in the dining room and saw a complete pastry kitchen. Every one of the magical breads, pastries and desserts are made there by people who know exactly what they’re doing.
We were too full to order more and instead of taking anything home, I promised myself I’d try their new location in Streeterville. And I always keep my promises.
Of note: cocktails, metered street parking, fast casual, online ordering.