As promised, i managed to cover some new territory this morning after a week of doing little more than walking around the block. In the process, i may have discovered my new favorite spot in Rogers Park: Sol Café at 1615 W. Howard St., just east of the Red Line terminal. I'm not a fussy person: i like a lot of cafés: i'm reasonably content just as long as the coffee is good and there are no visible health code violations. But on very rare occasions i've been lucky enough to come across the kind of place that is so far above the rest that i'd like to make it my home away from home. That happened today. I fell instantly in love with Sol Café! The coffee was delicious, the pastries were from Bennison's, the barista was friendly and welcoming, and as these pictures show, the decor is gorgeous. Many of the customers appeared to be regulars, but unlike a lot of places with a regular clientele, i didn't feel like a tourist or an invading army. The place has the coolest, most inviting vibe ever. At one point the three women sitting at the counter in the front window all started singing along to "Hit Me, Baby, One More Time." It was beautiful! (And i say this as someone who has never been a Brittany Spears fan). It was just such a joyful, exuberant, caffeinated moment, that it put me in a good mood for the rest of the day.
You should visit Sol Café. I can't guarantee that there will be a chorus of singing ladies, but i think i can safely guarantee that you'll get an excellent cup of coffee in a fine setting, surrounded by the kind of people that it is nice to be surrounded by.
|Ten Thousand Ripples at Sol Café|