I love local coffee shops. There’s just something about the coziness of a warm coffee shop on a cold winter’s day! This week took me to Corona’s Cafe, located at 909 W Irving Park Rd. The shop is very intimate, with just a few tables. They do have an outdoor patio that would be lovely during the summer, but you won’t find me out there in 30 degree weather! I was very impressed with the size of the menu. For such a small cafe, they have a ton of options! They have smoothies, breakfast wraps, skillets, sandwiches, omelettes, bagels, lunch paninis, subs, foccacia, wraps, and salads. My first choice was deciding if I wanted breakfast or lunch. I decided on lunch and settled on the Big Italian Panini. The sandwich is loaded with salami, pepperoni, lettuce, tomato, onion, and mozzarella cheese. You also get your choice of side, either chips, a house salad, or house pasta salad. I chose the house salad, which comes with a lovely and light balsamic vinaigrette. This sandwich was absolutely delicious! The portion is huge; I easily could have shared this with someone. The flavors are simple and spot-on. The richness of the meats was complemented by the creamy mozzarella and the bright, fresh vegetables. The side salad was very fresh as well! My mom chose the Chicken Pesto Panini: grilled chicken breast with pesto dressing, tomato, spinach, and mozzarella cheese. She had chips as her side. This was a great sandwich as well! The bread was perfectly crispy and I really loved the pesto. You just can’t go wrong with pesto and mozzarella! With so many other options on the menu, I know I’ll be back.
Corona’s is open Mondays through Fridays from 7:30 am to 5 pm, Saturdays from 7:30 am to 4 pm, and Sundays from 8 am to 3 pm. You can find more information on their Facebook page.
RACHEL HOOVLER & DEAN’S TEAM CHICAGO