Julius Meinl Love

28 Sep

Julius Meinl is one of my favorite places in Chicago.  This is in part because of the nostalgic value (it is one of the first coffee/specialty shops I discovered when I moved here in 2002 and I have been going here ever since) and in part because of the quality of the food and pastries and coffees and other treats they offer.

Everything about Julius Meinl is special.  The pastries are small and lovely; the breakfast, lunch and dinner items, as well as the decor, are Austrian-chic (!).  Julius Meinl is hyper-European but not in a pretentious way.  In an actual way.  The company is based in Vienna, Austria and the only two American locations are in Chicago.  The website recounts the origin of JM as follows: “[Julius Meinl] was founded in Vienna in 1862 by a boy from the country who came to Imperial Vienna looking for work. He opened a small store and started selling green coffee. In those days coffee beans were roasted at home on kitchen stoves. This process required a lot of care as there was a considerable risk of burning the beans. It was young Julius Meinl who had the ingenious idea of selling fresh roasted coffee.”  Since then, the Meinl family has been roasting and selling coffee throughout Europe and the United States.

The coffees and teas are delicious; and even more so because of how they are served (with a glass of water – no ice, of course and a little tea biscuit).  Little details.For a light lunch, the frittaten soup (light, beef based broth with crepe noodles) and half sandwich is a JM favorite.  Fresh ingredients and nice toasted bread.    Though a light lunch is not necessarily recommended when you can choose from crepes and spatzle and other delicious things.Truthfully, the service could be better, but that’s the only negative.

Lots of love for Julius Meinl.  And very likely more about Julius Meinl to come in an upcoming post . . . .

PS: Tomorrow is National Coffee Day!

And L’shana tova!

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4 Responses to “Julius Meinl Love”

  1. Kim September 28, 2011 at 11:10 pm #

    I want to go on our next Chicago trip:)))))

  2. fahbeeyawn September 29, 2011 at 3:13 pm #

    I think I came here with you once and read Love Story in one sitting while you and Arianne studied!

    • Diz September 29, 2011 at 3:42 pm #

      Yes definitely! I remember that. Oh and Love Story reminds me of a post I have been meaning to do. Thanks!

      • arianne1220 September 29, 2011 at 7:46 pm #

        Now I remember that! But when I read your post, I had no recollection, so it was like reading about a place I had never been before. I like the biscuit idea, and the crepes sounds delicious!

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