Where To Get a Cup of Joe, High or Low


We were struck by the propinquity of two pieces by brethren in the food media biz this week. On your left, the high end approach: Zagat’s Sara Freeman looks at twelve local coffee roasters and tries to scope out what’s distinctive about each one, from grand old men of the scene like Intelligentsia and Asado to others you may not know so well yet, like Big Shoulders (“he blacker the better is the mantra used when the beans are roasted”), Bow Truss ("By establishing direct trade relationships with farms in Colombia, El Salvador and Nicaragua, they import small batches of beans to create a wide range of roasts”) and Gaslight ("Decorated with taxidermy animals and serving a selection of charcuterie, it may seem like this cafe has a bit of an identity crisis”). [Zagat]

While on the low side, the Chicagoist food staff rounds up their favorite late night diners (and diners mean coffee, unless you’re Au Cheval). This is a serious parade of late night, sometimes sketchy spots, but even if we’d add (Don’s Humburgers) and subtract (The Huddle House) a few, you won’t be sorry to make the acquaintance of the surprisingly overlooked Palace Grill, Daley’s which dates back to the 19th century, or Belmont Snack Shop whose onetime grillman, at least when we went there a few years back, was artistry in motion as he managed his grill to optimum efficiency. [Chicagoist]