The coffees here are top notch, the pastries stellar and the atmosphere brings back memories of when coffeehouses in Chicago were true communities where people would gather and believe they could change the world with a thought.
Bad Wolf Coffee has gotten a reputation for incredibly well-crafted pastries, but the coffee is just as good. Owner Jonathan Ory serves beans from Durham’s Counter Culture that often have strong notes of fruit and chocolate.
With reliable Wi-Fi and a menu of actual food, including veggie-friendly options Filter is a great place to get things done, just make sure you have cash. Don’t miss out on the sweet potato fries with horseradish sauce and the alley-scape ceiling mural.
I always like when I order a cup of tea and I’m handed a whole pot. Especially when the teacup is ceramic and its pattern clashes with that of the plate accommodating my turkey pesto sandwich, always satisfying as a quick and filling lunch.
The coffee drinks are delicate and simple, and while the espresso is a little too acidic for my taste, I’m devoted to their coffee. Each roast has unique qualities with lingering notes that dance on your palate.
They have a wide selections of paninis, my favorite is the roast beef full of thick cuts of meat with a side of blue cheese coleslaw that doesn’t skimp on the blue cheese. They serve Metropolis coffee, a favorite local bean of mine.