Favorite spot for coffee and pastries/desserts?
I had such good luck with my last question, I'm asking another:
What's your favorite spot in the city for an afternoon of coffee-drinking and dessert/pastry-eating?
We frequent Floriole, Kopi Cafe, and the Juilus Meinl on Southport, but we are looking for some new places, especially ones that offer a good selection of pastries/desserts.
Star Lounge on 2521 W. Chicago. Phenomenal coffee (Dark Matter), nice space and friendly staff. Not the largest food selection, but sufficient and also high quality. Wish I lived closer - would be in all the time. Fortunately they have a sister location opening in my neck of the woods (Lakeview) later this year.
My top pick these days is Bad Wolf Coffee in Lakeview. The owner, Jonathan Ory, has a fine-dining background, with time at Schwa and Momofuku. His selection of pastries isn't huge, but they are some of the very best you'll find anywhere. The caneles are mind-blowing; they come out of the oven at 10:00 a.m. each day, and if you can get them while they are warm, they are sheer perfection. The kouign amann is also outstanding; I didn't understand why people rave about this item until I tried his. Photos below show caneles and a kouign amann from Bad Wolf Coffee, pictured on six-inch plates.
Bad Wolf Coffee
3422 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60657
Open Wed-Mon 7a-6p, closed Tuesdays.
I also recommend Vanille Patisserie, especially for their entremets (individual-sized mousse cakes) and croissants. They now have three locations, including two in Lincoln Park:
2229 N. Clybourn Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
Chicago French Market Located Inside The Ogilvie Metra Station
131 N. Clinton St.
Chicago, IL 60661
2108 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614
While Bad Wolf is still my fave spot for coffee and pastries, another thing you might want to consider is that they don't have any chairs. The cafe is set up so that you stand around a bar in the middle of the room.
Also, when I was there a couple of Sundays ago at around 12:30, there were only 2 types of pastries left. Two croissants and a tray of the raspberry oatmeal bar, which I thought was his best iteration of a raspberry pastry yet.
You can also try Dollop in Uptown if you are close by. They serve Metropolis Coffee and Hoosier Mama Pies among others.
Good eye! It is my plate, and it is indeed Hadley Pottery. You can see more of my Hadley collection in the photo below. I've visited the factory in Louisville numerous times, and bought many seconds at the factory store. I enjoy visiting Louisville; it seems to have a lot of creative, interesting restaurants, more than you might expect for a city of its size.
Thanks for your kind words!
Another nice place to sit and have a local coffee is at Robust Coffee Lounge at 416 W Ontario St in River North. Its a great locally owned neighborhood (mine as a matter of fact) spot. The bring in pastry and other goodies from many local Chicago bakeries and have a very good kitchen for a more substantial meal if you desire.
Although the coffee is not my favorite, I adore the cakes and pastries at Taste of Heaven on Clark Street in Andersonville. I also really like Letizia's Bakery near Division and Western.