When you first walk into Kickapoo, the ambiance hits you immediately. With the Zen-like cleanliness of an Apple store, and a succulent collection to rival that of the artsiest art student, the overall environment was stellar. Located at 232 E. Erie Street, Kickapoo offers a satisfactory amount of seating, which consists of a long bar facing a giant glass storefront. Other seating included a gnarly outdoor seating area, and a large center table to name a few.
After looking over the menu, I ordered a cortado ($3) and coffee cake with seasonal fruit ($2.80). Cortados are one of my favorite drinks to order and they can sometimes be hard to pull off depending on the barista, the espresso and texture of the milk. Taking all of these factors into consideration, I was satisfied with my drink of choice. The coffee cake with blueberries was a tad smaller than other coffee shop pastries, but made up for it’s daintiness by housing some of the freshest fruit I’ve had in baked goods in quite some time. There were no frozen blueberries in to be found.
Kickapoo was filled with other surprises and delights such as a sparkling and still water tap, complete with mini mason jars to sip out of. This along with the abundance of plants, both hanging and potted produced small squeals of delight from my end. I feel confident in rating Kickapoo a 5 out of 5 stars. This place is a gem in the Third Ward when it comes to specialty coffee. The décor and ambiance set this place apart with clean lines reminiscent of big-city cafes.
***All photos taken by Sarah Thomas