You don't have to be a hipster to dine at Earwax, but be prepared to eat with them. Hipster locals flock to this locale as regularly as they stampede the nearest thrift shop. But the healthy fare also attracts other sects of the city who fawn over the mushroom and black bean burger, lentil stew, Tuscan seitan or unique vegetarian pizza options.
Very vegan-friendly, Earwax has earned a favorable reputation among vegetarians for its hearty, reasonably-priced fare and bohemian environment. Breakfast is served all day (the huevos rancheros are good), and if sweets are your thing, the vegan cakes are to die for.
Located just across the street from its old location, Earwax uses the extra space for more comfy sofas and a wider selection of indie videos, records, books and magazines. You're welcome to thumb through the foreign and documentary video selection for hours, sustained by the truly bottomless coffee and really unique people-watching...not to mention the eavesdropping. Some of the most interesting conversations take place within the colorful walls of Earwax, capturing the pulse of the Bucktown/Wicker Park community.
Not enough time to stick around? All the videos are also available to rent for $3.50. Just ask the young staff, who complete the crunchy coffeehouse experience with their relaxed manner and eclectic wardrobe.
Average cost: <$10
Centerstage Reviewer: Vanessa Nichols