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Efebina's Cafe

View Map1640 S. Blue Island Ave., Chicago
Tel: 312-243-9790
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Editorial Review of Efebina's Cafe

Efebina's Cafe is yet another jewel in the ever more shiny crown of Pilsen. Reflecting a deep shift in the neighborhood that wasn't present even as recently as five or six years ago, Efebina's is a friendly, local internet cafe and eatery that welcomes locals and outsiders alike with open arms.

The owner, Vicente, is a local lion, championing progressive causes throughout the neighborhood and doing what he can using Efebina's to support local artists. The painting and other art adorning the walls is a vibrant reflection of the neighborhood. It's not hard to see the Latino influence here, but the cafe is so much more than that, and it's unfair to attempt to characterize the place as "only" a Latino coffee shop in Pilsen.

The food here is fresh, amazing, and vegetarian friendly. Blueberry pancakes topped with fruit are a hit, as is the vegetarian sandwich. Like may great Chicago cafes, they brew Metropolis coffee, and the staff is more than happy to customize your beverage.

The furniture is absolutely perfect cafe furniture: plush, comfy couches, funky tables and chairs, and an ancient, distressed hardwood floor that could probably tell a lot of stories. Exposed brick and spotlighted art keeps the pleasant cafe vibe alive. Most everything here is less than $10, and the free wifi is a huge draw.

Average cost: <$10

Centerstage Reviewer: Bill Burman

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9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday

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