First Slice Pie Cafe

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This location of First Slice is now closed.

The downtown location of this nonprofit eatery--there's another First Slice in Ravenswood's Lillstreet Art Center--serves soups, sandwiches, salads and other cafe items based on recipes from chef-director Mary Ellen Diaz, who worked previously at North Pond and the now-shuttered Printer's Row. The restaurant is a popular lunch destination for downtown workers; the plentiful lunch options, most less than $10, range from butternut squash chowder soup to a goat cheese and poached pear sandwich. The menu also includes snacks perfect for shoppers taking a mid-afternoon break, including tasty pies and sweets (key lime pie and vegan carrot cake, among others) prepared at the Ravenswood location.