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Bleeding Heart Bakery - yikes!

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MamaNeedsCoffee Dec 2, 2007 05:55 AM

Yesterday, we checked out the Bleeding Heart Bakery's new location in Hamlin Park/Roscoe Village (it's in the space vacated by the Bulldog Bakery, which has since moved to Elston). We had very high hopes for this adorable storefront. We bought a loaf of bread, two muffins, and two croissants. We thought the purchase price of $29 was steep - and then we tasted the food.

The loaf of bread seemed stale - so dry, heavy, and hard that we abandoned trying to chew it and decided to use it as a weapon instead. The two muffins were the best items of the lot, by far, but they were just adequate (and the "tea cake" muffin had a strange chemical-ish aftertaste). The two croissants were practically inedible - so dry that we worried they'd burst into flames if we rubbed them together.

We had such high hopes for this bakery - we really wanted to love it. Unfortunately, we can't recommend it.

Bleeding Heart Bakery
1955 W. Belmont Ave.
773-327-6931

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    something sweet Dec 9, 2007 07:59 AM

    Bleeding Heart seems to always bring up allot of feelings in people...could it be jelousy? I have watched this company grow from a farmers market stand to two independant shops. What alot to accomplish in such a short time! Although I love the s'mores brownies and milk chocolate mousse tarts the best, there has to be over 200 items everyday. I admit, when they first opened (around the time of farmers market season) the goods had their faults, I believe that they were baking at Kitchen Chicago and hauling everything around. I'm sure that this plus the fact that stuff at the markets is sitting out in the open air is the reason for the dryness. I have not had one dry or stale tasting item in so long, I can't remember the last time I did!

    You have to give these people some credit. What they are doing is very difficult, which is probably why they are the first to try. Also, I know from personal experience, they take advice from customers very well, maybe when you purchase something you don't enjoy you should tell them in a constructive way so they can fix the problem, if there is one. However, MNC, it seems like Bleeding Heart is just not the bakery for you (everyone has different tastes). It is the bakery for many others and the fact that I have to wait in line behind several people everytime I go in is a testamant to that.

    1. Eaterlover Dec 7, 2007 06:52 AM

      I wholehearted agree with OP. The first time I gave Bleeding Heart a chance (I thought, what an adorable politically agreeable name) it was in the Daley Plaza during a market bazaar. I bought a scone and nearly choked on the crumbs. It was so intensely dry and flavorless that I thought they had replaced "organic" ingrediants with sawdust. Ugh. I don't think I can go back when Lovely is nearby.

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        penguinpeg Dec 6, 2007 05:52 PM

        I am so sorry that you had such a bad experience. Our family, including my two small daughters (2 and 5), love the new place. It is so bright and refreshing and inviting. We all love the raspbery shortbread bars and can't stop eating the Oaxacan brownies. I have loved everything I have eaten there. Their croissants are the flakiest of any I have ever had. The price you paid may be high but Bleeding Heart and it's owners have always been more than happy to explain that their prices are higher because they use only organic and high quality items. It won't compare to the prices at any other place that isn't organic. We choose to pay extra knowing that Bleeding Heart is not only using organic products but looking out for local farmers. I completely understand that it wasn't for you and that you have tastes that are different than what the bakery is doing but I am not sure you need to be so nasty. Have you ever gotten a bad review at your job? I would assume the person reviewing you had enough tact to give constructive critism and didn't just spew nastiest at you. You are a descriptive writer but you need to remember that their are people out there putting their heart, sweet and tears into this place. I have watched the bakers in the back and they have passion for what they do please don't be so mean. I hope you find a bakery that is perfect for you and your price point. Happy Eating!

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          mmmm...bacon Dec 3, 2007 03:16 PM

          Wow, a little harsh, don't you think? Bleeding Heart did my wedding cake ++AWESOME++ and when we heard about the move we were really upset, now they would be so far away, but as we found out, it is well worth the trip. We saw an old post and thought the opening was this weekend, so we went. Unfortunatly the opeing was last weekend, but they were still open, so no real problem there (just not as many free samples). I have to say, the place is way different, brighter, neater, more welcoming. So, now onto the food. Super delicious, as always. We both had the take a hike scones, I had to try the Elvis cake (ate some there, took the rest..no way was that going to waste, it is made with bacon!) Then we bought a sweet potato sourdough bread to take home for dinner. The bread was fresh, dense and sour, just perfect. I just can't see the problem here.

          1. leek Dec 3, 2007 04:53 AM

            I've always liked their cookies and scones but haven't had their breads, or been to the new location.

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              Hensley Dec 3, 2007 05:08 AM

              $29 for that!! Ridiculous. And I thought Whole Foods bakery was high.

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                ShikaSfrn Dec 3, 2007 09:48 AM

                I've never bought their bread (although I have tried a flatbread of theirs come to think of it, and wasn't very impressed). I don't come there for muffins or bread, but I really love their Take a Hike Scone. It's the one item that I splurge the money on, since they are definitely expensive. I guess you have to be being the first organic certified bakery... but next time, try their Take a Hike Scone. It might be a matter of taste (I love earthy grains and texture, also don't enjoy overly sweet items), but I really enjoy it. The times I have tried their muffins, only the chocolate stout muffin really stood out. The rest were just alright. But the stout used in the muffin really gave it an element of flavor that I haven't found in most muffins. Good stuff... anyway, sorry you had a bad experience!

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