There’s no better way to kick off the New Year than with some healthy choices, but that hardly means we need to corner ourselves in our kitchen with cayenne, lemon juice, and honey for days on end. In fact, there’s still much to celebrate after December 31 in Chicago, with a number of recently opened eateries pulling their own by offering dishes that are as good for your taste buds as they are for your waistline.
Sweet potato bowl at Cupitol
It doesn’t get much better than this café’s satisfying bowl, which is brimming with brown rice, kale, vegan coconut curry, a poached egg, and sweet potatoes—a dynamite source of vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. If that weren’t enough, they taste dang good with just about anything, as chef-owner Sellia Georges knows well.
If there’s one thing you can’t miss at Cupitol – the new all-day spot that’s bringing European flair to Evanston’s cafe scene – it’s the Freddo, a superfrothy, punched-up iteration of an iced latte that’s sure to make you want to stay awhile. And that you can, thanks to the cafe’s morning-to-night menu of international offerings. Owner Sellia Georges, who spent nearly two decades living abroad, was inspired to craft a coffee shop that captured the laid-back vibe of all-day European cafes. Ample seating arrangements – from plush banquettes to lounge armchairs – provide the perfect setting for anything from study sessions to date nights.Our suggestion? Come back in the evening for a winter warm-up of kicky coffee-ribbed wings – the perfect accompaniment to the cafe’s signature cocktail, a potent blend of aged and over proofed rum, passion fruit, vanilla and lime.
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.
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!
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!