Left Eastwood this morning, bypassing nearby Cafe Kubal, in order to check out their new location at 601 Tully. What a fascinating mix that neighborhood is now! Building by building, things are changing for the better, and having coffee this good and a space this much fun is a great sign for the Near West Side.
At a relatively early hour on a Saturday morning, the streets were quiet. Except for the rooster that crowed a couple times as we got out of our car. (Really!) We were the only ones in the cafe, which was great for us because it gave us a chance to chat with Steve, the barista who made us two delicious coffees.
Dave had one of his favorites, a macchiatto, and I had the “Eastwood”, that is, the perfect ratio of espresso to steamed milk served in the perfect size glass. If you want to taste what originally turned me on to great coffee, try the “Eastwood”. It’s exactly like a “café con leche” that I was drinking in the Canary Islands, the coffee taste that I searched out for decades before Kubal produced it for me.
601 Tully is fascinating in that it is a part of Syracuse University. Although the upstairs was closed at that hour, Steve told us that a professor has her office and a large space up there that can be used for classes or meetings.
The cafe itself is considerably larger than Cafe Kubal in Eastwood, with soft gray walls almost all the way around, one wall painted a screaming green that comes off nevertheless merely as an accent color. It’s covered with plaques that show artwork done by neighborhood kids, drawings of the buildings in the area. One large table is available plus lots of chairs and benches.
All in all, it was extremely pleasant, especially because Steve is such an easy person to talk to. Oh, and he makes great coffee. I suggest that anyone from any part of the city take a little ride to Tully Street and check it out. It’s a great excuse to get to know the good things that are going on in that part of our ever-changing city.