The Reader's Choice: Vella Cafe
Co-owner Melissa Yen came up with Vella's cardamom latte, a modern twist on Turkish coffee: Intelligentsia Black Cat espresso and steamed milk flavored with cardamom, rosewater, and cinnamon. It's on the menu year-round, but I crave it most in the dead of winter—it's like a vacation in a mug. 1912 N. Western, 773-489-7777, vellacafe.com. —Kiki Yablon
&Our readers' choice: Intelligentsia
No drink specified. 3123 N. Broadway, 773-348-8058; 53 W. Jackson, 312-253-0594; 53 E. Randolph, 312-920-9332; intelligentsiacoffee.com.