Any bakeries that deliver?
I'm visiting from the NYC boards, but would like to send a friend some delicious baked goods today to thank him for a little favor. Does anyone know of a great bakery that will deliver to the Loop? Preferably they would delivery some delicious pies, but I'm open to other suggestions.
You could try calling Fox & Obel. They're our premier upscale food store - putting it in NYC terms, think Balducci's and Dean & Deluca - and they're a mile from the Loop. I know they deliver but I don't know how much advance notice they would need or how much they would charge. They have some of the very best baked goods in the city, including breads/croissants, fruit tarts, "danish" type stuff (amazing cinnamon swirl rolls), pastries (some would need to be kept refrigerated if not eaten immediately, don't know if that's available to your friend), etc. Their people are very helpful and service-oriented, as you would expect from that kind of business, and can probably help you select something suitable that your friend will appreciate. www.fox-obel.com 312-410-7301
Fox & Obel is an excellent recommendation, though, perhaps a bit pricey.
You could also check into Dinkel's (http://www.dinkels.com/) a more traditional, old style German bakery located a bit further north (3329 N. Lincoln Ave.). I know they deliver to the loop, not sure if there's a minimum order.
For really excellent pies, try Hoosier Mamma (http://www.hoosiermamapie.com/). Call them and talk to them, you can probably arrange delivery.
Wherever you go, you're probably going to be paying a substantial charge for delivery, perhaps more than you would for the baked goods themselves. This is going to be one of those things where you're paying a lot for the convenience of remote ordering.
FWIW, I'm not a fan of the Hoosier Mama pies. The ones I've tried have been mediocre, supermarket type quality. And talk about pricey!