Ch'ava

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Richard Park and Eddie Hwang, a NoMi vet, offer a seasonal menu of sandwiches and salads and a selection of pastries at this casual North Side counter-service cafe. So how is this spot any different than every other coffee shop in Chicago? It's in the details. Hwang roasts all of the meats in house for sandwiches (such as cold lamb and polenta on French bread), the bread comes fresh from Red Hen, pastries are sourced from local bakers, and coffee is an Intelligentsia direct-trade blend. Park and Hwang are really into tea too, so expect a tasty selection. The funny name? It's a play on the words chai and java.