I'm smitten with Lili Cafe, the coffee shop in my Polish Hill neighborhood. It's hard not to love a place that feeds my addiction, albeit one as innocuous as caffeine.
One of a trio of businesses that include Mindcure Records and Copacetic Comics Co., Lili has a Pittsburghian aesthetic.
Window shelves are lined with black-and-white photos of customers from the neighborhood. A turntable spins a gospel-inspired record. Exposed-brick walls display local artists' work, which right now includes 70-plus prints from JustSeeds espousing variations on "power to the people."
By the register, clementines, bananas and honey crisp apples round a plate. Sandwiches, pastries and a bowl of eggs fill a display case. A chalkboard menu offers the day's vegetable lentil soup or "punk toast" on rye, with mayonnaise, avocado and a smattering of other things.
The inky coffee is quite delicious.
This Sunday marks Lili's first brunch. Starting at 10 a.m. the shop will offer biscuits and gravy, eggs and greens, with coffee, water and juice for $8 to $9.
Simple fare and, with hope, charming company.
Melissa McCart photo