Although Nohea is a Hawaiian name that means "loveliness," this cute Roscoe Village
cafe has a strong European feel. And that is by no means a bad thing. Small booths and cozy chairs invite patrons to stay awhile with a friend, a newspaper or a laptop thanks to free Wifi. Run by a mother/daughter team, you'll feel like a welcome guest in their kitchen — and a well-fed one at that.
The sandwich-dominated menu features fresh breads and vegetables, with Boar's Head meat. All under $8, options include a chicken caprese sandwich on herb foccacia; smokin' turkey with pancetta, avocado and chipotle mayo; and roast beef with mushrooms and horseradish on a pretzel roll. Three vegetarian sandwiches are also on the menu, but any of the choices can be customized and made without meat. Beyond sandwiches, Nohea also offers a selection of salads, soups, pastries, ice cream and a few egg-based breakfast items. Daily specials such as fish tacos and turkey meatloaf also make an appearance.
In addition to the cafe, Nohea sells deli items like pasta salad and fresh meat by the pound. A small grocery section is home to specialty cheeses, hummus, chips, olive oil and other packaged foods. The drink menu consists of coffee, tea, soda and juice, but patrons are invited to bring their own alcohol. Catering to the neighborhood, a kids menu and game table make this place family-friendly, too.
Average cost: <$10
Centerstage Reviewer: Erica Walkup