(708) 529-391141.740359 -87.799411 8320 S Harlem Ave (between 83rd and 84th Sts) Bridgeview, Southwest Suburbs
Mon–Thu 10am–10pm; Fri–Sun 10am–11pmAverage baked good: $5
This Palestinian-owned bakery in Bridgeview has baklava and the other sticky-sweet treats you expect, but the real draw here is up by the counter: a pan of warm cheese oozing out from under a layer of circus-peanut-orange crispies. This is knafeh, sort of a cross between a deep-dish pizza and a cheese blintz, white cheese and saffron-colored shredded wheat topped with crushed pistachios and doused with sweet syrup. As rich as it is, you probably won’t make it through a whole portion, but on weekends the locals line up and consume it at the bakery’s few tables.