Our family was going to a movie Friday night and it seemed a opportune time to try out the Fox & Obel Cafe.
The concept is close in spirit to the original Richard Melman LEYE Corner Bakery (not the dismal Brinker Intl version), not altogether a bad thing. Standards well-done (soups, grilled sandwiches, salads) are always welcome. But there was a fair amount wrong with the execution: sullen counter service, salads full of stems, lasagne with unappetizing chunks of mushrooms, oversalting and sugaring. And the laptop, faux-jazz vibe of the place is most unpleasant. Overpriced, to boot. Everyone went away pretty unsatisfied.
We browsed the rest of the store. We did not try the famed baked goods, supposing that the end of the day wasn't the right time to experiment. The selection of fancy goods and cheeses was nice. The produce was eye-popingly expensive. On the whole, to echo my spouse, I'd have rather been at Caputo's.
Fox & Obel
410 E. Illinois
Broadwater's Triple "A" Soul Food, near Racine on 79th: avoid -- gross and inhospitable.