No foofy coffee drinks here. Asado uses Japanese drippers, and we think that’s rather cool — but it’s more than that. “The drip has been around forever, says co-owner Ke. “There used to be a time when I think we were the first in Chicago to use it. The reason we use it is because it makes a beautiful and complex cup — we'd never change that.” Well, that’s a relief, because we rather enjoy finding a quiet nook and pulling up a wooden chair in this super-casual, no-frills spot.
Asado Coffee, 1432 West Irving Park Road, (between Janssen and Southport avenues); 773-413- 9454.
Photo by Lauren Schiappa