Setting the standard for delicious, ethically made coffee since 1996
Next time you need a cup of coffee, skip your habitual trip to Starbucks or Caribou and head to Peace Coffee instead. Peace Coffee brought the cooperative, community-focused model to the industry of coffee production. All goods are priced to allow for equitable labor and environmentally responsible practices both here and abroad. The menu is limited but terrific, starting with the strong, bold black coffee. Make sure to grab a bag of grounds to bring home and brew up your own feel-good cup of joe on mornings when you need a little pick me up.
A take home, saucy option that’s hard to quit
If you’ve never had a tamale, get to La Loma -- and quickly. Wrapped in corn husks, made of steamed, soft cornmeal and stuffed with savory toppings, tamales are a drool-worthy lunch or breakfast option that are surprisingly hard to find in downtown eateries. We recommend getting multiple flavors, like the sweet corn and Oaxaca red or green. An equally good option is to order from some of the other specialty dishes, like the enchiladas platter, and buy some frozen tamales to bring home.
Old school, comic strip style sandwiches at an unbeatable price
With the trends towards gluten free and “clean” eating seemingly here to stay, sandwich shops are not as ubiquitous as they used to be. Where should you go when the craving for a hearty, deli-meat filled calorie bomb attacks? Look no further than Dagwoods, which has served quality lunch for more than 35 years. All menu options -- like the pastrami, ham, and salami combo -- clock in at well under $10, making them even better for your wallet than your taste buds.
Screaming fresh food worth a little extra travel time
Although it’s not technically in the skyway system, Trieste Cafe is worth the little extra work. Tucked under the Lumber Exchange building for nearly 30 years, Trieste serves up fresh Greek food that is a welcome bright spot in the dark winter months. Although the gyros are delicious, we recommend turning it into a gyro salad with a side of soft, fresh pita, creamy hummus, and crunchy falafels. Everything is chopped on site as you order and a huge salad (as in easily big enough for leftovers) clocks in well under $15, making this place a treasure well worth the hunt.