With Caffe Florian closed, the Magazine provides a guide to current dining on 57th Street.
By Benjamin Recchie, AB'03
Illustration by Mark McMahon
Last fall Hyde Park lost a favorite campus eatery, Caffe Florian, a 20-year veteran of the local bookstore-and-restaurant district. For alumni and visitors wondering what dining options remain nearby, as well as for students seeking a substitute for Florian's ineffable want-to-take-her-someplace-nice-on-the-second-date-but-don't-want-to-come-on-too-strong atmosphere, we offer this field guide to dining along 57th Street. Click on the image to view the map (pdf).
A favorite of both the hard-hat and stethoscope sets, this fast-food joint specializes in gyros and deliciously greasy hamburgers.
Edwardo’s Natural Pizza
If loving Edwardo's heavy stuffed pizza is wrong, I don't want to be right.
Zaleski & Horvath MarketCafe
Serving coffee and sandwiches and selling specialty groceries, this offshoot of Z&H's original store on 47th Street may be the most popular thing to come out of Kenwood since Barack Obama.
Medici on 57th
Current location: 1989
Many a first date has taken place over pizza and burgers in this classic college hangout—owned for decades by Hans Morsbach, MBA'61, who died this past May (see Deaths)—and many a romance has been immortalized by a heart carved into the table with utensils.
Getting back to the Medici's coffee-shop roots, the bakery serves as the Med's carryout annex and ice cream shop.
Current location: 2001
What would a Hyde Park commercial strip be without a Thai eatery?
Hyde Park's own Greek greasy-spoon diner, memorable both for its pancakes and its (now removed) sign advertising "pan cakes."
For when you feel guilty about having eaten too often at Sammy's.
This independent coffeehouse under the Metra Electric viaduct provides a place for students to study and commuters to grab a cup of joe to go.