Boyfriend. Soon-to-be-Nurse. Philosopher. Ohio State grad.
Uncorked is similar to Treehuggers in Berea: both have waitresses and blur the lines between coffee shop and sit-down restaurant. Difference is, Uncorked is not set behind a large parking lot inside a strip plaza.
|No big bad wolf is going to blow this village down! Boom!|
Most of Roscoe Village's pedestrian-filled liveliness sits along North Whitewoman Street--a terribly offensive name considering there is no Blackwoman Street.
Uncorked sits in a three-story brick building in the center of all the activity, and is adjacent to Medbery Marketplace--my second favorite place in Roscoe after Uncorked. Throughout the day we visited the market twice and bought bacon cheese, dry-roasted okra, sweet corn relish and BBQ beef-jerky--all sourced from Ohio. Medbery is like a Whole Foods or Trader Joe's, but without the dirty corporate association tainting its benevolent image.
Matt two-timing wine with coffee... and later beer. "I do it
for religious reasons and for the flavonoids," he said.
Food and Beverage: As I said earlier, Uncorked definitely blurs the lines between coffee shop and sit-down restaurant... and I would dare to add nightlife bar scene into the mix. In addition to all of the caffeinated and alcoholic beverages, Uncork serves sandwiches, salads, gourmet pizzas and appetizers.
To fuel up after our gym workout, Matt and I ordered a 12-inch gourmet chicken ranch pizza, a Jamaican Red Stripe beer, a Red Diamond Merlot, a large hot coffee and a large iced coffee. Altogether, we spent $27 and change. (And by "we," I really mean Matt.)
Our friendly waitress asked if we needed a box for leftovers.
Who doesn't finish their pizza in one sitting?
I had some doubts featuring Uncorked in this blog as a coffee shop, but not long after Matt and I left Uncorked, we spotted a bearded young hipster reading a book by himself while sipping on a hot cup of coffee in Uncorked's patio. Now while Matt has admitted of doing the same thing at bars, I firmly believe that such lonesome activity reinforces the idea that Uncorked is indeed a coffee shop. It might be various other means, but it's definitely a coffee shop, and a great find for anyone looking to add history into their dining culture, or someone looking for a neat place to have coffee off of Interstate 77.
This bookshelf of wine bottles would make Belle from
"Beauty and the Beast" jealous.