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Bleeding Heart Bakery, Hot Doug's and ?

Suebee May 16, 2009 10:42 AM

We're going to make a detour to Hot Doug's and Bleeding Heart Bakery during our upcoming Chicago trip. Is there anywhere else we should put on our list near either of the two?


  1. nsxtasy May 16, 2009 12:17 PM

    Bleeding Heart Bakery is dreadful. But if you're poking around the north side, one of the very best bakeries in the city isn't all that far - Vanille Patisserie, on Clybourn. Fantastic entremets, best French macaroons in the city, excellent croissants. www.vanillepatisserie.com

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    1. re: nsxtasy
      Vinny Barbaresco May 16, 2009 10:31 PM

      Agreed, the wares at B-H bakery are virtually inedible; I am amazed by how much press this place gets. I find the food to be quite good at Hot Dougs, but I wouldn't make a special trip or wait 30+ minutes in line. If you do decide to go to Hot Dougs, make sure you try one of his many signature sausage creations rather than a Chicago Style hot dog. A good Chicago Dog can be had at dozens of places throught the city that are more conveniently located.

      1. re: Vinny Barbaresco
        biga290 May 19, 2009 07:54 AM

        I second Vinny's point about Doug's Chicago style. You can get the same well-prepared natural casing Chicago dog at the Portillo's chain and any number of other places that don't have lines.

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      beanbreath May 16, 2009 11:09 AM

      Kuma;s Corner and , I believe. Smoque are in the same general area.

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