Neighborhood Gem: Cafe Carvy


 For our first “Neighborhood Gem” review, T and I wanted to highlight our most frequented spot. Although this site will mainly feature alcoholic beverages, we’re never ones to shy away from affordable drinks (or anything cheap to be honest). From the outside, Carvy may look average, and even a bit unassuming since it’s missing a green mermaid or the pink and orange logo you’re used to.

As the saying goes, don’t judge a book by it’s cover.

About eight months ago, around May, T and I took a trip to Carvy with a few coworkers. It’s close to the office and we were sick of overpriced lattes. We’ve been hooked ever since. We stop by almost every morning for a coffee, tea, or “Breakfast Sandwich Thursday” which our cowrkers coined (and the lack of alliteration kills us).

The two best things about Carvy are the prices and the customer service. After a week of visiting for my morning iced coffee (with soy milk), my order was being made the as I walked through the door. I’ve never been charged extra for soy milk (#winning) and have never paid more than $2.60 for a large, which is totally affordable. Did I mention that the ice cubes are made of COFFEE? If that isn’t enough reason to take a trip to 19th and Kst, I don’t know what is.

When the seasons changed and I was forced to forgo my daily iced for a hot coffee, I was reluctant. My routine had been unwavering for months and I was not ready to give up my seasonal beverage. That being said, I am just as happy to have my daily cup of joe, hot or not. The milk and sugar station features cinnamon, sugar, and vanilla (plus the usual accoutrements).

Occasionally, I will trade in my coffee for tea instead which is about $1.50 for a large. The best part is that they will add honey for you if you’d like. I am not joking when I say that Carvy has the HOTTEST water I have ever had in a beverage.

While the drinks are the highlight, the food is cheap, made fresh, and tastes good. On “Breakfast Sandwich Thursday” my go-to is a bacon, egg, and cheddar cheese on a kaiser roll, while T, springs for a plain bagel with cream cheese. Whatever your preferences may be, Carvy has it and it’s about as affordable as you can get.

Next time you’re in the area, pay Carvy a visit, you won’t be disappointed.



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