Turquoise

Today's hang-out-and-study-Spanish-grammar spot was an old favorite of mine:  Turquoise Restaurant, 2147 West Roscoe Street.

Don't pay any attention to the fact that the website looks a little tacky.  This is continental cafe atmosphere right in the heart of Roscoe Village, down to the efficient, but brusque waitstaff.  Perfect time to go: around 2pm, when the lunch menu prices are still in effect, and the place is almost empty. 

Get a table in the back, spread out your work materials, and order a Turkish raki to start out with.  Your waiter will pour a little water into your shot from an adorable pitcher, spoon in a few pieces of ice, and leave the ice and water at your table for further tweaking.

My personal menu favorite: the mussels appetizer, which makes a decadent meal, along with the generous loaf of warm, home-baked bread that appears at your table the minute you're seated.

Various sorts of Euro-sounds are piped in over the sound system; today it was French cabaret.  An especially wonderful spot to sit back and relax, and a perfect complement to the crisp and cool weather we've been having.