is known for being cute, neighborhood-oriented and a little precious. So what's uber-sexy coffee shop (that's right, we said sexy) The Coffee Studio doing on the north end of Clark Street? We have no idea. This sleek, modern take on the neighborhood coffee joint isn't cute, or neighborhood-centric, or precious — but it is a lovely spot for a casual business meeting, early evening date or even to set up a laptop and put in a day's worth of work. In short, it's exactly what Andersonville has been missing.
The decor is the first thing you notice upon entering the corner store. Birch and slate-gray mid-century furniture complement the exposed-brick walls and clean lines of the coffee bar. The telltale red and blue bags of Intelligentsia sit under a glass countertop along with an assortment of freshly baked goods from area bakeries. But picking up a bag of beans to go would be a mistake at such an enjoyable spot.
Instead, order a coffee drink—the standard selection of lattes, cappuccinos and the like are all available; pick out a baked good and pull a seat up to the bar, so you can watch the baristas at work. If necessary, perch your laptop on the bar as well so you can work, since the wi-fi is free. Or, grab a Dwell, ReadyMade, or other magazine that's available for perusal and relax at the large communal table toward the front door. Milk and Honey granola is available served with yogurt, milk and fruit, and Coffee Studio also offers homemade organic oatmeal, quiche tarts and some vegan treats.
Average cost: <$10
Centerstage Reviewer: Laura Oppenheimer