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Like an entire mall food court under one roof. Coffee Cartel sells sandwiches, smoothies, frappes, milkshakes, doughnuts, gourmet chocolate bars, truffles, bottled juices and waters, ice cream by the scoop (Edy's) or prepackaged pint (Häagen-Dazs), nachos, chips and salsa - and, if you can find them amid everything else on the menu, coffee drinks, which you can get straight-up or spiked with liqueurs. The Cartel is open 24/7, and its CWE neighbors take round-the-clock advantage of that, making the place a primo spot for nighttime people-watching.
Welcome to Girl Walks Into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week, Kaitlin Steinberg profiles Julia Mager of Coffee Cartel. Below is a Q&A with Mager, f... More »
You can win $20 Taqueria La Pasadita (2336 Woodson Road; 314-428-3832), and all you have to do is guess where we ate this hummus plate. Hint: We shared this small plate with friends at a cafe in the C... More »
Edward Hopper never ate at the Courtesy Diner. Hopper, of course, is the American artist whose painting Nighthawks has become the iconic image of the lonely, late-night diner. Its period details — the counterman in his crisp white uniform, the... More »
It bodes well to enter a semi-fancy Central West End restaurant and hear Townes Van Zandt on the sound system. Somehow it feels more European, not less, to hear pretty rural American songs (rather than the requisite fancy signifiers of jazz or... More »
It takes patience, moxie and balls to work at Coffee Cartel. Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, these guys have seen it all. From the grouchy early-morning commuters jonesing for that first cup of coffee to the drunken hoards rushing the doors for snackage after the bars close to the -- for lack of a better word -- interesting characters who wander in at 4 a.m., it's all going on at this busy shop. Like a well-oiled machine, the eclectic crew switches gears from food prepping to... More »
Ten years in, Coffee Cartel's still so picturesque, so inviting, it looks like something out of a sitcom. The outside patio is airy; the inside seating is spacious. The entertainment offerings are endless--wireless Internet, computer consoles, a pool table, Magic Touch--and don't even get us started on the jaw-dropping array of eats-and-drinks options. Some coffeehouses cater to students or to the hipster contingent or to snooty java snobs. But this Central West End institution... More »
Oh, life, you confound us with your choices! From what university to attend and what class to skip to what low-paying job to take and which days to call in sick, we're nearly overwhelmed. Throw in choosing what cereal to buy in that never-ending aisle and which dirty clothes to wash when you have only enough quarters for one load -- how is humanity supposed to cope without suffering an option overload-induced breakdown? Coffee Cartel, and its relatively limited smoothie menu, understands.... More »
The clubs downtown have closed, but you're not ready to go home just yet. After years of chowing on the delightful Del Taco (and it is delightful) or having chili on your scrambled eggs (still delicious), your palate has become more demanding. What you need is a sandwich and a milkshake. Not only does Coffee Cartel make shakes from scratch, the late-night bohemia packs a lot of tasty stuff between two slices of fresh bread. And you won't have to eat alone: The Cartel, open around the clock,... More »
The Coffee Cartel is the perfect winding-down destination. Go there after work, after a night...or, hell, anytime because its open 24/7. Great outdoor seating, smokers welcome( :/, but it doesn't get marred with smoke), decent drinks, gooood food/desserts(they're not food, not sorry)and an enticingly chill atmosphere. Wi-fi!
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