Delicious Café

I scheduled my writer’s meetup at this cafĂ©, sight unseen, for the single reason that they had gluten-free goodies and vegan options for some of my regulars. None of us had ever set foot here, but as we filed out the door three hours later we agreed we all loved it.

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Emerald City Coffee House

If you saw a piano, a fireplace, couches, some books, tables with reading lamps, and maybe a few board games, you might be in someone’s living room. But if that living room had black walls, local art, a skull, and amazing coffee beverages that rumble across your table every time the red line train passes by, you’d be at Emerald City Coffee House.

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Dollop – Loop location

Dollop is a bit of an institution in Chicago, if independent coffee shops can be institutions. It’s 11 years old and it has eight shops all over town, but my writing group has a special relationship with it because the first meetups used to be held at Dollop Buena Park some years ago.   Continue reading

La Catrina

La Catrina is a great space on 18th street in Pilsen. Its lively murals beckon you to step in and you are welcomed by all kinds of catrinas (typical Mexican female skeleton representations of Death) displayed all over a very light, spacious, and colorful interior.

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Founded in 1996, Nonnah’s was one of the first restaurants to set up shop in the Vista. Nonnah’s, a family owned store, was voted “Best of Columbia” seventeen years in a row by Free Times, The State Newspaper, The Columbia Metropolitan Magazine, and the Daily Gamecock. If you’ve already been to Nonnah’s you know what a great addition it has been to The Vista. They have a supper menu, brunch, full service bar with a wonderful list of wines, big frothy cappuccinos, and great desserts.

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