Ironically enough, while the coffee at Iconik is notoriously some of the most expensive in town ($2.75 per 10 ounces for drip?!), the food feels way fancier than the prices would suggest. The menu inspires gasps: Grilled cheese made with Brie, jack and berry compote, plus a side salad with housemade vinaigrette for $8.75? A generously portioned, slightly spicy kale-kohlrabi salad with puffed rice and fish sauce for $8? Local lamb sliders with tzatziki for $9.50? What incredible culinary fever dream is this? We aren't sure. Get a creamy horchata latte ($5.25) to ponder the utopia in which you've landed. (The coffee may be pricey, yes, but we never said it wasn't perhaps also the best.) Chase it with a mouthwatering gluten-free chocolate-banana tea cake with thick cream cheese icing for $3.95. The coffee shop, which originated at its Midtown location, expanded to handle the coffee bar at Collected Works Bookstore downtown and an off-the-beaten-Plaza-path location at 314 S Guadalupe St.—and, unlike some other companies, this is one coffee empire we'd be happy to see weave its way through the very fabric of our city.

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Iconik Coffee Roasters1600 Lena St.

Twitter: @iconikcoffee
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