FOOD AND DRINK
Flour Power: Four Fantastic Chicago Bakeries
Chicago knows its carbs, from craveable cookies to pies that are better than grandma ever made. There's even a toast bar in town, which is dedicated to those delicatble crispy slices of bread. You can stop licking the screen now. Instead, here are some of the best bakeries to check out during your next visit.
This whole-grain-centric bakery doesn’t just bake the best cookies you’ve ever tasted. It also mills its own flour (which is sells, too), resulting in remarkable texture and depth in everything it touches. Also of note: the toast bar. Roll your eyes if you will, but others are more than happy to pay $4.10 for three slices of bread and access to a small buffet of house-made jam and butter.
4610 N. Western Ave., 312-208-5639
A Baker’s Tale
Welcome to Wonderland. The treats and décor reflect popular fairy tales in this living storybook where you can sink your teeth into cookies with names like Sven (a sugar cookie), Olga (lemon sugar cookie) and Poindexter (chocolate chunk with walnuts). Dig into cupcakes, macarons, tarts, pies and cakes, each more whimsical than the last.
2127 W. Division St., 872-206-5581
Pleasant House Bakery
Who says bakeries have to focus on sweet items? Pleasant House Bakery is haven of flaky goodness for those who prefer savory over sweet. This Bridgeport establishment's British-inspired line called Royal Pies – with combinations such as steak and ale, chicken balti, mushroom and kale, and cold pork pie – take the proverbial cake.
964 West 31st St., 773-523-7437
Hoosier Mama Pie Company
Think grandma made the best pies? Give Hoosier Mama Pie Company a chance and then decide. Stop in for a slice of maple pecan, Hoosier sugar cream, ginger custard or other flavours of the day, or opt for a savoury pie or pastry. If you’re in town on a Friday night, be sure and head over for Friday Night Flight and sample three different small slices. Because one is never enough.
1618½ Chicago Ave., 312-243-4846
This article was originally published on August 1, 2015