As soon as we landed, we needed to get warmed up, and what better place to do that than in a cozy coffee house with delicious hot chocolate, coffee, lattés, and expressos. Sip and Savor is a true hidden gem with unrivaled customer service. Black people are no stranger to coffee given that the plant itself is AFRICAN!
Coffee originated in Ethiopia, where its popularity was widened by Europeans who became familiar with it during the 11th Century. The plant itself is quite beautiful with a white blossom that smells like jasmine and a red, cherry-like fruit. Many Europeans felt the plant was a “magical fruit,” which they boiled in water resulting in a concoction that was thought to have medicinal properties. In certain cases, many of us still feel coffee is magical – transforming us from zombies to productive day dwellers! Sip and Savor is continuing the African tradition of sharing coffee and its magical properties to the world!
Despite a visit to Burlington Coat Factory where I bought a stupid jacket that made me look homeless, my feet suffered the most. My big toe was feeling like it was frost bitten, so I started my visit with something warm.
I ordered a steaming hot cup of coffee and a Caramel Royal Latte ($3.79), which did the trick. The Latte came with caramel syrup, two shots of expresso, and dabs of steamed milk all topped with whipped cream and a caramel drizzle. This not only warmed me up, but the sugar gave me life. The only problem was that the $%#@ tasted so good, I forgot I was lactose intolerant and started farting uncontrollably in the restaurant, which cut our visit short.
Embarrassed, I quickly ordered another item to review because they were coming out silent but deadly. There were some suspicious customers who suspected me, but I was trying to look as innocent as possible instead of the quintessential “I was the one who farted face.” You know that face of stank ass guilt…that… “I’m the one whose farting face, but don’t come for me type face….yeah….” So, I ordered the Caramel Nut Shake ($4.69), but this time I ordered it with almond milk to calm my poor digestive system. The shake came with a delicious caramel sauce, hazelnut syrup, vanilla ice cream, a dash of milk, ice, and two shots of expresso.
Lord have mercy, this shake was delicious. I knew that my flatulence would only get worse from that damn ice cream but I was powerless to resist its deliciousness. As such, I collected my purchase and homeless man coat and the rest of my things and left – only to trip on a curb outside the restaurant and spilling all my $%$@ on the ground. I found myself on the ground, contemplating my life in a very existential manner while passing pedestrians looked on and laughed. How dare they? I was about to go into a Denzel Washington “Training Day” style rant of asking “Do you know who I am”, but realized that would just make this whole situation go further south for me. Why does Chicago have all these damn people walking up and down the street anyway? I struggled to gather myself as the sophisticated food critic that I am, got up and entered my rental vehicle. I was more upset about dropping my expresso than the sheer embarrassment of what can only be described as an epic fall.
My eventful visit was unique, but it did not take away from the delicious experience, service, and ambiance. Whether you are studying, meeting friends, looking to concentrate or stay warm, Sip and Savor has a place for you. I appreciated the excellent customer service from cute young representatives who reminded me of the little sisters I never had. (I only have big sisters who beat me mercilessly, but I digress.)
Sip and Savor has three locations throughout Chicago with plans of opening more. The spot has a cool concept that supports small businesses in the Chicago area. If you have an amazing cake company, doughnut company, or even sandwiches, there are opportunities for you to not only do a pop up in the store, but they might also carry your product daily!
On top of that, the company is involved in many charitable and benevolent activities within the community. On my next visit from Miami, I will definitely return. This place gets the Hungry Black Man Approval.
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Sip & Savor Locations
Sip & Savor Chicago – 5301 S. Hyde Park (Del Prado Building) – 773.952.4532
Sip & Savor Chicago – 528 E. 43rd Street (Bronzeville) – 773.855.2125
Sip & Savor Chicago – 2239 S Michigan Ave – (312) 794-5087