Windy City Media Group Frontpage News

THE VOICE OF CHICAGO'S GAY, LESBIAN, BI, TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY SINCE 1985

home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2021-06-09
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

SAVOR Cafe Press--steeped in history
by Andrew Davis
2021-02-09

This article shared 1059 times since Tue Feb 9, 2021
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Like most neighborhoods in Chicago, Printers Row has its own illustrious history.

In the 1880s, the neighborhood was the center of the Midwest when it came to printing—hence the area's name.

And Cafe Press (800 S. Clark St.; www.goodeatsgroup.com/cafe-press-chicago&; makes sure that patrons (in-person and virtual) are aware of the double meaning of the spot's name—connected with printing and coffee.

Owner Martin Murch (a managing member of Good Eats Group, of which Cafe Press is part) even took Windy City Times on a tour of the cozy spot (and of the restaurant Sociale, which shares the area), showing how a sense of history permeates both venues. Cafe Press has everything from actual 1930s newspapers wallpapered throughout the place to the selling of 1837 Red Ale, named after the year Chicago was incorporated into a city.

And I'm not sure even there's an official title for a coffee sommelier, but Murch may qualify. Not only did he discuss drip coffees in various blends as well as espresso, macchiatos, hot cocoas and more, with names such as, respectively, Proof, Gutenberg and Italic (after all, this is Cafe Press—get it?), but he even instructed my friend on the proper way to taste/sip/slurp coffee to experience the various notes of the cafe's offerings. (By the way, Cafe Press has a S'mores Bomb hot cocoa that's not officially on the menu, but that is available. Please try it.)

However, you just won't find drinks on the menu at Cafe Press. The spot now features a new variety of gourmet sandwiches on its afternoon edition menu for dine-in, delivery and takeout.

Luckily for this cafe (and Sociale), it has an ace up its sleeve: Chef Amanda Barnes. I've been fortunate enough to try her fare when she was at Chromium (at Midtown Athletic Club), and she's worked at several other esteemed spots, including Moto and Hot Chocolate. She's even worked with famed chef Gordon Ramsey, and she said he's nice to you—as long as you do good work.

And Barnes has done some great work here. Just some of the sumptuous sandwiches offered include the Wagyu ribeye cheesesteak, made with bulgogi beef, jicama slaw, provolone and pickled Fresno chilis, on a brioche bun; a wood-roasted mushroom item made with provolone, wilted spinach, herbed olive oil and local panini bread; turkey BLT with Swiss and chimichurri mayo; and wood-fired flatbread varieties such as cheese, pepperoni, Italian sausage and Margherita; among others.

An interesting tidbit is that the flatbread dough can't be duplicated because the dough incorporates the spot's own 1837 Red Ale.

(Note: These sandwiches aren't available until 11 a.m., but Cafe Press opens at 7 a.m.)

I was fortunate enough to try a few of the customizable Afternoon Edition sandwiches (still working with the press theme), and they were absolutely wonderful. For me, however, the standout was the corned beef on rye; the meat was melt-in-your-mouth tender, and the Gruyere and Louis sauce—a house-made dressing with red chili sauce, minced green onions and green chili peppers—only enhanced, but did not overwhelm each other, or the meat.

Even the breakfast sandwiches—which are served all day (with protein options such as thick-cut hickory bacon, Edwards country ham, breakfast sausage and impossible breakfast sausage)—are excursions in delight. For some, these items might be afterthoughts, but Barnes transforms them; you can taste the care she infuses into each sandwich.

By the way, with coronavirus-related restrictions being rolled back, Chicago restaurants have been rolling out their welcome mats for those eager (and intrepid) enough to dine in person—and Cafe Press/Sociale have gone the extra mile to make people feel and be safe. The UV-C system kills viruses, bacteria, mold and fungi, Murch noted, and there are other protocols in place, such as social distancing and hand-sanitizer stations.

I urge you to try Cafe Press. If you visit, you'll experience some really great food and coffee—while taking in all the history this place offers. Oh, and here's an exclusive: Murch revealed that there will be an outside dining area this summer, and the place's name will be Cafe Press Coffeehouse & Eatery. I can't wait.


This article shared 1059 times since Tue Feb 9, 2021
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Taste of River North cancelled 2021-07-29
- On July 29, the River North Residents Association, along with theMART and Duff Entertainment, announced the cancellation of the 2021 edition of Taste of River North. The event was slated to take place Aug. 20-21 at ...


Gay News

Taste of Andersonville returns Wed., Aug. 11 2021-07-28
--From a press release - CHICAGO (July 28, 2021) — The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce (ACC) is excited to welcome back one of its most popular summer events: the annual Taste of Andersonville on Wed., Aug. 11, 5-8 p.m. This year's ...


Gay News

SAVOR The Smith 2021-07-25
- Not too long ago, I sang the praises of "Red Sauce Sundays" at The Smith Restaurant + Bar (400 N. Clark St.; https://thesmithrestaurant.com/location/chicago/). Starting at 5 p.m. each Sunday, this ultimate comfort meal features a chicken ...


Gay News

Black Restaurant Week-Midwest in Chicago July 23-Aug. 1 2021-07-21
- Black Restaurant Week, LLC, joins the No Crumb Left Behind campaign by hosting its second campaign in Chicago on July 23-Aug. 1. ...


Gay News

Taste of Chicago To-Go" starts Wednesday 2021-07-07
--From a press release - Taste of Chicago To-Go" starts Wednesday with food vendors and food trucks; Chicago City Market vendors; Chicago SummerDance instructors; House City DJs; author Marisel Vera; Taste of Chicago favorites Eli's Cheesecake, Robinson's No. 1 Ribs and ...


Gay News

SBA: Illinois restaurants received $1.4 billion in pandemic funds 2021-07-06
- The Small Business Administration (SBA) announced funds for its $29-billion restaurant pandemic relief program were exhausted—leaving nearly two-thirds of applicants out of the money, The Chicago Tribune reported. In Illinois ...


Gay News

SAVOR Dinner at the Loop restaurant/cafe Venteux 2021-07-06
- Let's just get this out of the way now: Dining at the Pendry establishment Venteux (224 N. Michigan Ave.; https://venteuxchicago.com/)—a brasserie, cafe and oyster bar—is a singular experience. Partner/Executive Chef ...


Gay News

SAVOR Ballyhoo restaurants Gemini and Old Pueblo Cantina 2021-07-05
- Ballyhoo Hospitality may not have quite the stable of eateries that, say, Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants has. However, judging by two of the restaurants I recently visited, Ballyhoo is definitely making its mark in Chicagoland. Gemini ...


Gay News

SAVOR Lincoln Park spot Mesa Urbana 2021-07-04
- More than four years ago, I traveled to a small Glenview strip mall to visit the Mexican fusion spot Mesa Urbana—and was bowled over by dishes such as shrimp farfalle, pechuga de pollo (chicken with onions ...


Gay News

Gilead requests approval of twice-a-year HIV medication 2021-07-02
- Biopharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences recently submitted a new drug application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration—and it's for the drug lenacapavir, a long-acting HIV inhibitor that is under clinical ...


Gay News

Taste of River North on Aug. 20-21 at new location 2021-07-01
- River North Residents Association today announced that its acclaimed annual food and entertainment festival, Taste of River North, will return for 2021 to celebrate its 20th anniversary. Taking place Aug. 20-21, Taste of River North moves ...


Gay News

Schakowsky participates in reopening of Chicago restaurant 2021-06-22
- On June 21, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky—a senior chief deputy whip and founding member of the LGBTQ Equality Caucus—attended the ribbon-cutting for the reopening of Vincent, an Andersonville restaurant in her ...


Gay News

SAVOR Rewired Pizza Bar & Cafe 2021-06-20
- Rewired Pizza Bar & Cafe (1100 W. Thorndale Ave.; https://rewiredcafe.com/) may come across as a largely unassuming cafe—but this spot hides several pleasant surprises that separate it from similar spots and make it a place worth ...


Gay News

SAVOR Gordon Ramsay Burger to open spot in River North 2021-06-18
- Expanding the chef namesake's empire, Gordon Ramsay North America announced that Gordon Ramsay Burger is coming to Chicago's River North neighborhood. Gordon Ramsay Burger will be located at the corner of State and Ontario, just west ...


Gay News

Filicia reunites with the 'Fab Five' 2021-06-17
- Queer Eye for the Straight Guy debuted on television in 2003 on Bravo. It starred the "Fab Five," each with a different specialty. Ted Allen was the expert on food, Kyan Douglas was in charge of ...


 



Copyright © 2021 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS







Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.