Couch Bar is temporarily(?) closed due to a fire.
I expected at least one couch in this little diner on a barren stretch of Grand, but there are exactly none. It does, however, have a large, plastic alligator climbing the wall behind the bar.
Furniture aside, Couch claims to have "Restaurant Food with a Flair," which hits the plate as standard cafe food. The breakfast basics are all in attendance, including French toast made with "real nice thick sliced bread." For lunch you can fill up on a burgers, sandwiches or Italian beef; all run for about five or six bucks including soup and fries. A handful of espresso drinks are also available.
The bar-like interior is simple yet trendy, with bottles of olive oil on display along one wall and framed, old-time pictures of Chicago residents and buildings dotting another: If you listen closely to the photos you may be able to hear people calling each other "lousy carpetbaggers" and "ne'er-do-wells." This only works if you really concentrate.
There is a TV in every corner tuned to sports or news if you don't feel like putting your ear against the wall. Overall, Couch has a welcoming, traditional vibe with decent food that won't disappoint the casual morning or afternoon diner.
Average cost: <$10
Centerstage Reviewer: Jeremy Freeden