Neighborhood: Logan Square
Vegetarian Options Rating: ★★★★
Pescatarian Options Rating: ★★★★
Food Quality: ★★★★★
Overall Rating: ★★★★★
- Drinks: Horchata
- Entrees: Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup
- Sides: Pan Potatoes
Same Day Cafe is a picturesque, relaxed cafe in the heart of Logan Square. Its sign and exterior is unassuming but their food and beverages are everything but unassuming. It’s a smaller cafe with a wonderful collection of records and natural light. There are some cute plants on the wall, but it’s not overdone. It feels unadorned with sparks of a rustic ambience.
They have a wide assortment of beverages ranging from homemade sodas to Chai. They have a really tasty Horchata, which is perfect for drinking outside on their patio in the summer. It wasn’t too sweet and had a really great balance of flavors. It was absolutely refreshing with a nice cinnamon kick.
When it comes to cute, small coffee shops, I never know whether the food will be good since I assume the food isn’t the main feature. But the food is amazing here. I had heard great things about the grilled cheese and tomato soup, which I usually don’t order out because it’s a very basic meal and I can make it at home for way less. But their grilled cheese and tomato soup is far from bland and boring. Their tomato soup has fresh basil, olive oil, and rosemary croutons. So simple, yet so scrumptious and hot on a cold, winter day. The rosemary croutons add a nice crunchy texture to the soft soup. This soup was really delicious and complemented the grilled cheese.
Same Day makes their own bread and the freshness of it was apparent while eating the grilled cheese. The grilled cheese consists of rosemary bread and more exciting cheese than just cheddar. It has both gouda and cheddar. I also added arugula to it, which served as a nice contrast to the soft cheese. It also made me feel happy to eat a vegetable since grilled cheese isn’t the healthiest meal in the world.
We tried the pan potatoes on the side and they were also phenomenal. Again, potatoes can be really boring, but these were not boring. The potatoes were pan fried and seasoned with a giardiniera slaw, parmesan, and fresh oregano. The giardiniera slaw was definitely a highlight and added some nice zest to the potatoes. I could not get enough of it!
The service was friendly and easy going. Our server was really nice about splitting up the grilled cheese and putting them on separate plates. While food menu is relatively small, there’s still so much I would love to try here. They have brunch-esque food making it a wonderful alternative to a typical restaurant brunch spot. What’s also great about Same Day Cafe is that you don’t have to wait and can just have a chill brunch or lunch without feeling rushed.