This tiny Euro-chic café bills itself as an organic carry-out restaurant, but note that the word healthy is nowhere to be found. Warm, whole-grain pretzels—baked throughout the day on the premises—may indeed be good for you, and no doubt the organic salads are, too
It was only a matter of time before the folks behind the Flirty Cupcakes truck opened a storefront. But who knew they’d use this opportunity to expand their repertoire from cupcakes to cookies, muffins, brownies and “Pop-Tarts”?
Poland-born baker Fabiola Tyrawa opened this River North café in February. Everyone here is extremely nice, and the decor—plush red curtains, minimal natural light—took us right back to an underground coffeehouse in 1980s East Berlin
Former cooking-school instructor Bill Millholland opened his Uptown shop with two goals: Give people pastries and sandwiches for the early part of the day, and cheeses to nosh on later. At present, the noshes take a back seat to the breads and pastries, which fill the shop’s counter
Andersonville is nuts about this coffee shop, which offers a colorful variety of organic, sustainable menu items. The quiche selection, featuring a hearty wild mushroom pie, is definitely a draw, as are the handful of can’t-believe-it’s-vegan desserts
This sunny joint helps kick-start the day with baked goods and specialty coffees, but it’s the basic sandwiches gussied up with impeccable ingredients that get us in the afternoon. Our favorites: the BLT made with extra-thick bacon and the juicy, rosemary-and-thyme–encrusted roast beef
Though we hate to state the expected, we have to admit it: This homey place is pretty damn lovely. Filled with vintage tables and knickknacks, this bakery turns out everything from cakey, star-shaped muffins to flaky pain au chocolat, and the pastries are just as delicious as they could be
No cupcake has ever tasted quite like the BLT concoction at this tiny Gold Coast cupcakery: Sweet cake is filled with salty pieces of bacon, smeared with a savory ranch “icing” and topped with fresh tomato