This year’s Readers’ Choice voting had more drama than the finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race: Just one vote separated the winner of Best New Restaurant and the runner-up, the closest race in Eat Out Awards history. But the drama didn’t end there
We need more bagel shops in this town, so Schmear—a small, simple shop hawking bagels and a classic menu of spreads (cream cheese, hummus, whitefish salad) to put on them—automatically gets points. But you know what we need even more than bagel shops?
Chalk it up to French stubbornness that despite terms prohibiting the sale of individual pastries or a cup of coffee, Vincent Colombet signed a lease on this Logan Square corner for his first retail bakery (he gets around it by selling “wholesale” via punch cards for a dozen of anything)
Baking in the Lakeview neighborhood since 1922, this popular German bakery reliably turns out cinnamon-raisin stollen, German chocolate and butter cookies and its signature “sip’n whisky cake,” a moist Bundt cake made with sour mash whiskey