Jorge Armando Anafador, commonly known as "Chef George," is the driving force behind this popular traditional cafe located inside the Vietnam Veterans Art Museum
in the South Loop. Cafe Society has weathered the barren existence of the area pre-housing boom and an ongoing eviction attempt by its landlord to become a popular destination for new residents. In the process, it has developed a solid customer base. One notable and frequent customer is South Loop resident Mayor Daley, whose breakfast of choice is fluffy eggs with tomatoes and a cappuccino.
The decor here is dotted with four-top tables and checkered tablecloths. It's no-frills, but then all the good cafes usually are. The please-all-types food is perfect for a neighborhood in constant flux. Breakfast options range from organic oatmeal to a hearty Denver omelet. Orange juice here is fresh-squeezed, and the coffee isn't too strong. Lunch brings the standard coffee house assortment of hot and cold sandwiches and salads. One item Cafe Society makes very well is a gourmet pizza that comes with bubbling hot cheese. If that isn't enough, there are five different quiches to choose from.
Average cost: <$10
Centerstage Reviewer: Chuck Sudo