Hours: Tuesday-Friday 9 AM-9 PM, Saturday 9 AM-7 PM, Sunday 10 AM-6 PM
CLOSED. Creative spreads, salads, and sandwiches from a brother-and-sister team.
If I hear your cafe described as "casual" or "whimsical," chances are the decor will look pieced together by a female cast member from Saved by the Bell, heavy on the "funky" 90s vibe. Luckily, the new Bucktown spot Avocado overcomes its strange suburban day-care aesthetic with a menu held together nicely by a balanced selection of vegetarian sandwiches (a couple of meat options are also available). The starters are definitely worth checking out--we ordered an impressive and hearty multibean hummus and a serviceable bowl of brown lentil soup--but the sandwiches and wraps carry the flag. Served on a toasted baguette and topped with a host of garnishes (carrots, arugula, roasted tomatoes, etc), my portobello po'boy was giant and reasonably priced at seven bucks. I might have wished for a few more strips of mushroom, but the vegan garlic mayo, balsamic glaze, and four-cheese dip on the sandwich redeemed it. The eggplant po'boy was more of the same, and my friend's avocado- spinach wrap was on point as well, fresh and crisp. Breakfast options are available, as are assorted baked goods.
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