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- James Camp
- Octane at Grant Park
4) Octane and the Little Tart Bakeshop. Yeah, this second location of Octane, the city's best coffee shop on the Westside, just opened. But it is a new favorite. The coffee's not cheap, but you won't find better espresso drinks in the city. Sarah Brown's bakery makes the place extra special. Her butter croissant is an utterly amazing obsession. There are also groovy small plates and sandwiches for light dining in the evening. 437 Memorial Drive, Suite A5 (in the rear of the Jane complex). www.octanecoffee.com.
3) Las Palmeras. I've been eating at this tiny Cuban café on a residential Midtown street for most of the 19 years it's been open. It's by far the best Cuban food in the intown area. My longtime favorites are the masitas de puerco and the fried chicken. The fluffy tamales make a great starter and try the fried yucca. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Wednesday-Saturday only. Call ahead. 368 Fifth St. 404-872-0846.