Welcome to part 2 of my Chicago Bakery Roundup. Part 1 was all bakeries I visited my first time in Chicago but this post covers the ones I visited for the first time ever. I really enjoyed all of these places and can’t wait to go back to Chicago to try more offerings from them.
New Wave Coffee
3103 W Logan Blvd, Chicago, IL 60647
This coffee shop was right around the corner from the friend’s place that I stayed at and I ended up going in one day with another friend because we were in the area and needed someplace to go. I saw some cupcakes on display, I think they are all vegan (including the one I got), and decided to get one. The woman working the counter was extremely friendly and had a great sense of humor, so I really have to compliment that.
The cupcake is a (vegan?) lemon cupcake with lemon frosting, lemon zest, and a lemon wedge. It was incredibly soft, moist, full of lemon flavor. The frosting was the perfect amount of sweet and had a cream cheese taste to it. Oddly enough this coffee shop cupcake was probably the best cupcake I had my entire trip to Chicago, along with the atmosphere and kindness of the staff, I really have to recommend this place.
Hoosier Mama Pie Company
1618 1/2 Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622
Despite riding the bus in the opposite direction for 20 minutes, I was able to get here before they closed for the day. I’ve heard great things about their chocolate pie but I didn’t want to weigh myself down with chocolate after all the bakeries I visited that day so I went with a safe choice: a small buttermilk pie.
Hoosier Mama Pie Company offers small pies and normal sized pies. They have a small shop front that offers seating or they will box it up to go. I took mine to go and split it with some friends.
It had a soft but crisp crust that gave way easily, managed not to be dry and have a nice flavor. It had a creamy, custard like buttermilk filling that was tangy without being overwhelming. I loved it and want to go back for their decadent chocolate pie. This might be the one place that could turn me into a pie lover.
705 West Belden Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614
Swirlz was recommended to me by a reader so I decided to head on over.
They say you can always tell a bakery by how they handle their “basic” flavors, such as vanilla. Vanilla also happens to be one of my favorite flavors so that’s what I decided to get here. It’s a vanilla buttermilk cake with a whipped Italian frosting. I am not a fan of whipped frosting so I can’t properly judge it but it was super light and had good flavor. The cake was flatter and wider than most cupcakes, which I enjoyed, it let me get a full bite of cake with a full bite of frosting without any kind of awkwardness. The cake blew me away, it’s one of the best vanilla cakes I’ve ever tasted. It was light, soft, moist, packed with vanilla flavor, and completely enjoyable. It tasted fresh and had a great frosting to cake ratio. I’m eager to try all of their flavors on my next trip.
1114 West Belmont Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657-2798
I was a bit disappointed with Bittersweet. I walked in and was surrounded by beautiful pastries and lots of people sitting at tables eating. I grabbed a vanilla cupcake and lemon macaron to go.
The lemon macaron was good but I couldn’t find the lemon at all. It just tasted like a yellow macaron with a swiss meringue buttercream filling. There might have been lemon curd but I didn’t see or taste it at all.
The vanilla cupcake was dry and the frosting was piled high and really thick and sweet. It was just too much and completely unsatisfying. I hate giving places bad reviews but I really just didn’t enjoy this place.