Donnas CafSouth Loop
A former police officer of 25 years, owner Donna Adams found it nearly impossible to find good eats along her North Side beat, but when plans fell through to open a cafe on that side of town, she brought her homey neighborhood eatery to the South Loop. Offering soups, salads and sandwiches, plus coffee, light breakfast eats and desserts, the mellow space is filled with the sounds of relaxing jazz music and friendly folks that stay a while to read the newspaper or do homework. In terms of sandwiches, there’s dozens of options, including The Cool Bird (turkey, cranberry mayo, romaine lettuce, swiss cheese and apple slices) and The Sweet & Lovely (with spring mix lettuce, dried cranberries, mandarin oranges, tomatoes and jicama), both served with tortilla strips instead of chips. Homemade soups rotate daily, with options such as chicken gumbo, chili, lobster bisque and beef vegetable, but the chicken noodle is the most popular. In the summertime, there’s a sidewalk cafe for neighborhood folks to sip smoothies or take advantage of the BYO policy.