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Algerian creperie and teahouse offering an immense range of fillings and organic juice, coffee, and tea.

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Icosium Kafe, an Algerian creperie from Belkacem Elmetennani (owner of Crepe and Coffee Palace and Mamacita’s), is the latest inhabitant of the apparently cursed northwest corner of Clark and Foster, and the ghost of the former occupant, the Corner Grille, lingers on in the form of aluminum cafe tables and orange vinyl banquettes. Still, it’s a lot cozier than before, with brass, beaded lamp shades, mirrors, and tapestries just about everywhere. Savory crepes come in eight varieties, from the “Cheka Chouka”—stuffed tight with roasted peppers, caramelized onions, goat cheese, baby spinach, tomatoes, roasted garlic, and arugula—-to the simple, classic combo of Brie and apples. There’s also a make-your-own option, and meat, from chicken to halal merguez sausage to snails, can be added to any crepe for $2.99. Dessert crepes include gold standards like Nutella and strawberries and exotica like the Crepe Icosium, filled with pistachio ice cream and a compote of raisins, pears, and rose water. Elmetennani also offers a range of organic coffees, juices, and teas. While the menu combinations are fairly predictable, everything’s well-constructed and filling, and the staff couldn’t be sweeter.

Martha Bayne

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