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Outside of Sip and Savor @ 5301 S. Hyde Park (Del Prado Building)

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!

cover-photoDespite 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.

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Caramel Royal Latte

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.

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Caramel Nut Shake

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

Written by thehungryblackman

Starex Smith is an accomplished and experienced public administrator, fundraiser, foodie, and culinary business developer who has committed himself to maximizing the Black experience in the United States! He currently serves as Vice President of Strategy and Development for Black Tech Week with over twelve (12) years of experience in managing public/private partnerships, large scale events, and nonprofits. He has successfully raised over 20 million dollars in funding for various governmental entities, food companies, and individuals. Starex has assisted countless food industry businesses successfully obtain funding, taking mom and pop storefronts to scalable businesses. His success in working with restaurants sparked a passion for food and entrepreneurship which led to the launching of Sothern Bytes, a teaching platform food business dedicated to an ever evolving food industry with a focus on technology, culture and innovation. Having constantly run into stereotyping negatively affecting his dining and vacationing experiences, Starex decided to curate great destinations, restaurants, and discuss issues surrounding being a hungry Black man. Starex completed both his Bachelor’s and Master’s coursework in Public Administration at Florida International University where he served as president of the Black Student Union and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated, Lambda Tau Chapter

27 comments

      1. OMG! Bro. this review was one of the funniest I’ve read! LOL! I was in here laughing so hard! Thank you for shedding light on us instead of the negative candor I normally read/hear about black restaurants and eateries.

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  1. Thank you for giving me the absolute best laugh that I’ve had in while just from reading an article. I laughed so hard I had tears streaming down my face and could barely breathe. I needed that after a rough workweek!! 😂😂😂

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  2. Thank you for sharing your candid and informative view of Sip&Savor. I’d love to come check out the place myself. Hope that they would like to expand to other states as Ohio, (Cincinnati respectively ) could use a nice coffee spot that affords superb customer service and doesn’t have you feeling less than after you have spent your hard earned money on supporting their business. (Starbucks)
    I also love the fact that they are black owned, and focus on giving back to the community in which they profit from. Well done and thank you!

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  3. I drink Starbucks daily but would much rather give this Black owned business my hard earned dollars. Only problem, I live in Benton Harbor/ St. Joesph Michigan…. They should think about expanding outside the Chi….. Very good article though!

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    1. I will put you in contact with the owner. I am a blogger and unfortunately didn’t ask that, but you now bring up a good point. I need to start asking that and including it in my articles when applicable. Thanks for reading and don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram!

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  4. Thank you so much for your excellent review, I am ashamed to say that I I’ve so close to the sip and savor and was not aware of this gem in our community. However, beginning today I will make it my business to patronize this business

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  5. Great review and also very entertaining 😂
    You’ve made me totally interested! I’m bookmarking sip & savor now for my next visit to Chicago. Thank you much for sharing. I love what you do!

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  6. I love this. A black man got 3 locations for his cafe now. I’m glad to see that black owned businesses are growing all over America. This brother has a business so popular and so successful that his customers in Bronzeville followed him to Hyde Park and demanded he come back North. That’s powerful. So with that being said, that destroys the myth that black folks don’t support black owned businesses. Not true as we see here.

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  7. Man! Glad to see another Black Owned company in the coffee world getting it done. I’m the only black coffee roaster in Indiana. I get it done! Also, #1 Coffee Shop in Indianapolis.

    I won’t hold it against you that you’re a Sigma… Que Psi Phi until the day that I die brother! Get it done. Love what you’re doing for our people.

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  8. As a coffee drinker and self proclaimed conosuier I love this concept idea and business……next time I come home (live in Houston now) I WILL MAKE SURE THIS GOES ON MY HAVE TO STOP LIST WITH CURTIS’S, AND GARRETTS.
    Congrats

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  9. #WETAKINGOURFAMILIESBACKWITHGODSLOVEFAITHHOPEUNITY. SPREAD THE LOVE FOOD MUSIC AND KNOWLEDGE GOD BLESS. THANK YOU HUNGRY BLACK MAN FOR STANDING STRONG FOR WHAT’S RIGHT. 😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇

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