Royal Coffee | Rogers Park/West Rogers Park | Coffee Shop, African | Restaurant

Royal Coffee

Hours: Breakfast, lunch, dinner: seven days

Price: $

Rogers Park coffee shop serving Ethiopian specialties in addition to breakfast, sandwiches, salads, and smoothies.

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I, along with a lot of Rogers Parkers, was sad to lose Panini Panini, the budget-chic coffeehouse that used to occupy this space, but Royal Coffee takes its place and then some. There's still umbrellaed outdoor seating, still ice cream. The coffee—imported from Ethiopia and available by the bag as well—is terrific, bright, deep, and chocolatey all at once. And best of all, the menu of omelets, sandwiches, salads, and dessert crepes has now been supplemented by Ethiopian choices. At breakfast—rare in Chicago—options are Ethiopian-style scrambled eggs with tomato, green pepper, onion, chile powder, and injera or a combo of traditional dishes: fava beans, injera in beef stew, chechebsa (shredded flatbread coated with spiced butter and berbere), and kinche, a porridge rich with niter kibbe, clarified butter. Kitfo, "Ethiopian tartare," is available too, as are beef, chicken, or lamb tibs and, my favorite, a vegetarian plate with red lentils, split peas, gomen (chopped greens), and a combo of potatoes, green beans, and carrots. (The bagel with lox is also good.)

Kate Schmidt

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Price: $

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