Halfstack Magazine: European Coffee and Eats in Evanston

December 6, 2016

Story by Perry, repost from Halfstack Magazine Online

Most of my weekends are spent drinking copious amounts of caffeine and typing away on my laptop, while sitting in a coffee shop.  Ah, the stereotypical life of a writer! I would say that all of my cafe hopping has made me a coffee connoisseur of sorts.  Heritage is where I go for the best latte – their caramel goat milk latte is deliciously addicting!  For the perfect iced coffee I head to La Colombe, for a bottle of their Pure Black, and Dark Matterwins the award for not only the best blends, but also the most creative names, like Unicorn Blood.

I recently had the opportunity to visit Cupitol, a lounge, eatery and cafe in Evanston, to sample their signature coffee beverage, the Freddo.  Made with espresso and a cold milk-based foam, it kind of tastes like if a latte and an iced coffee had a baby – a very tasty love match!  It was the first time I had tried a Freddo, but it is now definitely a new favorite of mine, and well worth the trip up North.

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More than just coffee, Cupitol also serves brunch, lunch and dinner, from 7am to 10pm.  During my first visit to Cupitol, I sampled a selection of their brunch offerings.  It was pleasantly surprised by the beautiful presentation of each dish and the quality of the ingredients.  I truly felt like I had been transported to a cafe in Europe!

EUROPEAN BREAKFAST / Greek yogurt, homemade almond granola, berries, local 100% raw honey
EUROPEAN BREAKFAST / Greek yogurt, homemade almond granola, berries, local 100% raw honey

 

COUNTRY BENEDICT / Buttermilk biscuits, sausage gravy, sage, poached eggs.
COUNTRY BENEDICT / Buttermilk biscuits, sausage gravy, sage, poached eggs.

 

HOMEMADE BRIOCHE / Seasonal Special: berry marscapone French toast.
HOMEMADE BRIOCHE / Seasonal Special: berry marscapone French toast.

 

SWEET POTATO BOWL / Brown rice, kale, vegan coconut curry, poached egg.
SWEET POTATO BOWL / Brown rice, kale, vegan coconut curry, poached egg.

 

My mouth is watering, just reminiscing about each dish.  The best part – everything is super affordable!   All of their breakfast/brunch dishes are $11 and under, and the servings are quite filling.

And then just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, I am so excited to share that Cuptiol will be opening its second location in Streeterville! Coffee date soon, anyone?  I’d be happy to clear my schedule anytime, for another taste of Cupitol!

Spoon University: 8 Places to Study in Chicago Without Going Hungry

December 2, 2016

Story by Ariel Cooin, repost from the Spoon University

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Cupitol will instantly teleport you to a café abroad with their European-inspired menu and atmosphere. When you walk in, you can choose to sit either at a table or in a lounge area with couches and coffee tables. No matter which study environment you prefer, you still get access to the full breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus.

This is not your average coffee shop. Cupitol serves real breakfast, lunch and dinner options and in huge portions. For breakfast, order the Shroomed Omelet stuffed with mushrooms, spinach and gruyere, or a sweet and crispy Belgian Waffle served a la mode. For lunch or dinner, dig into a juicy cheeseburger or a heaping plate of Basil Pomodoro Gnocchi. If you’re seeking lighter fare, there are abundant salad or sandwich options. Or if you just need a small snack, there are eye-catching sweet and savory pastries kept up at the counter.

The drink menu keeps up with extensive food menus serving both hot and cold coffees and teas. There are even specialty coffees like a Greek Frappé (like a Starbucks Frappuccino but better) or a Freddo Cappuccino, the drink after which the WiFi password is aptly named. If coffee or tea aren’t quite your speed, they also serve freshly squeezed and cold-pressed juices. To top it all off, Cupitol serves a variety of different cocktails so you can toast to finishing your homework.

Thrillist: Cupitol Coffee & Eatery

November 2, 2016

Story by Meredith Balkus, repost from the Thrillist

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It’s hard to believe that the modern, gleaming white café that is now Cupitol was formerly the Keg, a notorious dive bar frequented by Northwestern students. The coffee shop-restaurant hybrid draws inspiration from European cafes with a menu of freshly baked pastries and savory lunch bites like tuna niçoise and gravlax tartine. Dinner is worth checking out, but breakfast proves the most popular thanks to well-crafted coffee beverages and buttery croissants.

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