The 'best damn' coffee (and pie) in Chicago to get caffeinated for the 'Twin Peaks' premiere

Chicago Tribune 4 months ago

The May 21 premiere of the revival season of "Twin Peaks" has us itching for a caffeine fix. While details of the new season have been kept hush-hush, we can assume that even with 26-year gap in seasons, there will still be an overabundance of damn-fine coffee and cherry pie eaten by your favorite FBI detective, Agent Dale Cooper. We've rounded up the best places in the city to satisfy your own cravings of the two "Twin Peaks" staples. 

Damn Fine Coffee Bar
3317 W. Armitage Ave. 773-904-7051
In Logan Square, this “Twin Peaks” themed coffee bar is caffeinating an otherwise coffee-devoid area of the city. In addition to their espresso, drip coffee and tea selection, Damn Fine gets daily deliveries from Floriole and Do Rite Donuts. For $5, you can even grab a slice of Agent Cooper-approved cherry pie when in season.

Kusanya Cafe
825 W. 69th St. 773-675-4758
This Englewood non-profit coffee shop and cafe serves as a space where creatives can gather for events and collaborations. Every month, Kusanya hosts a variety of community-driven arts, culture and educational events. You can also stop by any time of day for breakfast, such as French toast ($3.20) or baked oatmeal ($2.75). If you order your coffee “for here,” you’ll only pay $1.

First Slice Pie Cafe
4401 N. Ravenswood Ave. 773-506-7380
With four locations in the city and suburbs, First Slice is a pie and cafe staple in Chicago. Visit the Ravenswood location and grab a cup of coffee and a slice of Michigan sour cherry pie to enjoy in the shop, or bring home a whole cherry pie for your own “Twin Peaks” viewing party. 

Bridgeport Coffee Company
3101 S. Morgan St. 773-247-9950
South Side treasure Bridgeport Coffee builds a bridge between the land where your coffee is grown to your everyday cup of joe. Formed in 2004, the company offers a direct relationship with their growers to ensure the quality in the variety of globally sourced coffee they serve at each of their locations.

Metric Coffee Company
2021 W. Fulton St. 312-982-2196
Metric Coffee in the Fulton Market brings not only coffee but slow bar options, cold press juices, sandwiches and bakery treats to an industrial space. Their motto is “made by humans,” and they emphasize the importance of their relationships with the farmers they select and the coffee beans they bring back to Chicago to roast in the shop.

Spinning J Bakery and Soda Fountain
1000 N. California Ave. 872-829-2793
Channel Dale Cooper and sit at the counter while you enjoy bottomless coffee ($4) or a cappuccino ($3) and hang out for a while. This bakery and diner also has a famously delicious pie menu that rotates every day. The only thing that could make this place better is if Shelly Johnson herself were serving you.

Hoosier Mama Pie Company
1618 1/2 W. Chicago Ave. 312-243-4846
A slice of pie and a cup of coffee will only run you $6 at this retro-designed Ukrainian Village shop. Their wide selection of pies rotates daily, but what will always stay constant are the pies’ tastiness, the cozy and friendly atmosphere of the shop and the quality of their Metropolis-brand brewed coffee.

Little Goat Diner
820 W. Randolph St. 312-888-3455
From the Chicago Boka group comes a modern take on a diner, Little Goat Diner. Breakfast is served all day along with a full coffee bar selection. For $8, you can have a mini pie sourced from local farmer’s market ingredients, and the flavors change daily.

Little Branch Cafe
1251 S. Prairie Ave. 312-360-0101
Honor the Log Lady’s memory by visiting the South Loop's Little Branch Cafe, which uses tree stumps as counter stools. Grab a cup of coffee or espresso from their cafe selection, or see how Little Branch is competing with the R&R diner with their all-day breakfast and brunch menu. Try the Red Velvet waffle ($9.80) or the quiche of the day ($7.95), which is served with a side salad.

The Wormhole
1462 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-661-2468
This Wicker Park coffee shop serves coffee and unique specialty coffee drinks in an '80s themed shop. The coffee they brew uses locally roasted HalfWit beans, and they often incorporate artistic foam designs. Sip on the famous honey bear latte ($4) while you enjoy the nostalgic memorabilia around the cafe.

Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits
2051 N. California Ave. 773-276-8888
Bang Bang Pie & Biscuit’s sense of hospitality in both their Logan Square and Ravenswood locations will remind you of the close-knit community feel of the R&R Diner. Their coffee is so good they sell the beans in shop, and with a rotating pie menu, you’ll have an excuse to come back every few weeks to try what’s new.

1620 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-770-3444
Recently opened Fairgrounds Craft Coffee and Tea brings a wide selection of curated coffee roasts and teas to their Wicker Park shop. With a brew bar full of coffees from all over the US, you’ll want to take advantage of their “coffee flight” option, allowing  you to choose three different eight ounce pours ($12.89).

Pick Me Up Cafe
3408 N. Clark St. 773-248-6613
Need a late-night break from investigating a local mystery? Stop by the Pick Me Up Cafe in Lakeview. In addition to a lengthy coffee and coffee specialty menu, Pick Me Up Cafe serves breakfast and pie until the wee hours of the morning (2 a.m.).

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