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Winner: Backlot Coffee
January 27, 2023
Fresh, local and a known study spot, Backlot Coffee is a loved location on Central Street. With perfect options for seasonal drinks and food, the coffee shop is always filled with students and residents. The welcoming environment and high popularity has led to the shop being voted the number one favorite coffee shop in Evanston, according to ETHS students.
Senior Sofia Shewfelt touches on Backlot’s environment. “They have incredibly welcoming employees, great service, good food and an awesome atmosphere.”
The business is open seven days a week, and is known for kind employees. Whenever a customer chooses Backlot, a friendly “hello” is always waiting behind the doors. Proving the positive descriptions of the local restaurant is the bustling activity inside, as it can sometimes be difficult to find a seat.
Similar to Shewfelt, junior Monroe Stroth describes the energy at Backlot. “It is relatively fast to get your food,” Stroth explains. “The environment is very friendly, and I am always seeing my friends or people I know when I go in. It gives the perfect coffee shop vibe you need for studying or just hanging out.”
Backlot continues to excel through having a staff that are truly kind people. “I love the fact that the whole cafe is covered in plants,” says Shewfelt. “But aside from that, they do a great job at making it a fun place to work or socialize.”
The warm environment and convenience isn’t the only draw. The storefront is filled with delicious pastries, food options and drinks. The seasonal treats that Backlot has to offer are another plus, as the on-theme food and drink contribute to their unique environment.
Senior Noah Reichlin, says that their “Peppermint infused hot chocolate is my favorite!”
Besides the seasonal snacks, Stroth enjoys the chai lattes and the old fashioned donut. The store has wonderful holiday options, but their classic, year-round treats will never disappoint.
With the name stemming from a shared backyard-playground in Evanston, the possibilities to flourish and be yourself are continued into the coffee shop. Backlot claims to be a “comfortable, stimulating, and diverse community,” and many will say Backlot is exactly that.
If you are ever passing Central Street, be sure to stop by, because, as Shewfelt says, “you can never go wrong at Backlot.”