I'll admit that I haven't spent a whole lot of time at the Eastgate Cafe, which is a shame because I live literally one block away. I've stopped in a couple of times during my evening walk to grab a mug of hot chocolate or some tea and each time I wonder why I don't go more often.
The cafe itself is very small, with indoor seating for maybe 20 or 25 people, but the cozy feel is a part of the charm of it. The owners are usually there and, unlike the big chain coffee stores (where you'll pay a comparable price, if not a little more), they are more than willing to step out from behind the counter to chat with their customers. You can tell some of the people there have been going for years but even on my first time, I was greeted with a warm smile and good conversation.
Sadly, I have not tried the food. Yes, it's my fault. I have, however, tried their home-brewed teas and made-from-scratch hot chocolate and they are both perfect for a chilly fall evening while you're out for a walk.
Eastgate Cafe features live music on Saturday nights and outdoor dining in the summer. Their fun menu changes all the time and specialty items are hand-written on a white board outside the restaurant. In a world where large cafe chains seem to be taking over, Eastgate Cafe is a welcome refuge. It truly is a small business that stands up for itself and makes you feel at home. During the summer, if the weather is nice, the musicians will play outside. My girlfriend and I have always been pleasantly surprised by the music from one block over; it adds to the charm of living in the Oak Park Arts District.
I apologize that I can't give a more thorough review of the food, but I certainly can speak volumes about the atmosphere. It is more than enough reason for you to pay a visit to Eastgate Cafe.
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