Big Bear Cafe
A cultlike clientele and heavy community involvement mean the bear is out of the bag on this formerly little-known gem. You could even argue that Big Bear single-handedly turned around Bloomingdale, a once-shady neighborhood. But why argue when you can chill with friends over hot coffee and gossip rags instead?
Mon.-Thurs., 7 a.m.-11 p.m.; Fri., 7 a.m.-midnight; Sat., 7:30 a.m.-midnight; Sun., 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m.