Bakeries in Pilsen

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Most corn muffins accompany a hearty southern meal, but at Xtra Good Corn Muffins, they are the meal. Whipped up according to an old family recipe, each muffin is then stuffed with mouth-watering combinations including jerk tilapia with red beans and rice, Vienna beef hot dogs and cheddar cheese, or macaroni and cheese with battered crispy chicken. Sweet options such as peach- and blueberry-stuffed cornbread muffins and red velvet pancake minis also dot the menu, as do lemonades flavored with strawberries, kiwis, and peaches.

1912 South Throop Street
Chicago,
IL
US

Artists don’t just gather at this café and gallery; they furnish it. Everything from the rotating artwork to the mural-like, hand-painted tables has been created by local artists. Coffee drinks and Mexican hot chocolate dazzle taste buds as eyes ogle the ever-changing wall candy.

1439 West 18th Street
Chicago,
IL
US

At Chimichurri, chefs marinate succulent cuts of steak and chicken and grill them in the traditional Argentinian churrasco style. Diners can get their steak topped with green and red peppers or a pair of eggs, sunnyside up. The restaurant also serves up pizzas, fresh salads, and entrees made with homemade flat noodle pasta and flavored with pancetta, bacon, and red peppers. Handheld snacks include the milanesa sandwich, which is stuffed with breaded steak and onions, or the choripon––Argentinian sausage seasoned with chimichurri sauce and served on a warm roll. After a spicy meal, you can cool your tastebuds with a scoop of the eatery's housemade gelato.

1454 West 18th Street
Chicago,
IL
US

At Panaderia Nuevo Leon, customers grab pair of tongs to help themselves to the shelves of fresh bread, pastries, and desserts that line the 30-year-old shop. Nestled among the selection are chocolate cupcakes served with an extra-large swirl of frosting.

1634 West 18th Street
Chicago,
IL
US

Located in the heart of Pilsen, Nitecap Coffee Bar draws in the community with live music, artisan brews by Metropolis Coffee, and a menu of Latin-inspired deli and panini sandwiches. Patrons can savor the El Vez—a spin on the classic peanut butter 'n' jelly that's made with roasted plantains, old-fashioned peanut butter, and guava jam—or opt for a pork-loin sandwich dressed with housemade aioli. Baristas flavor hot chocolate, mocha lattes, and other café drinks with housemade chocolate and syrups, but guests can also take advantage of Nitecap's BYOB policy.

1738 W 18th St
Chicago,
IL
US

Chicagoans rarely have the opportunity to eat a meal, then drive past the site where its ingredients were harvested. Yet such a feat is possible if their first stop is Pleasant House Bakery, a Bridgeport icon full of handmade, meat-stuffed pastries. The flaky shells of the bakery's royal pies contain local produce, much of which was grown on a system of affiliated urban farms, and none of which was imported from Ganymede. This relationship earned the family-operated venue Time Out Chicago's 2012 Eat Out Award for Most Legitimately Farm-To-Table Restaurant, in addition to the title of Cheap Eatery of the Year. Given the robust flavors of the bakery's specialty dishes, the press attention seems more than warranted. Carrots and herbs nestle amidst ale and beef in the steak and ale pie, whereas the mushroom and kale pie mixes scallions, white wine, and parmesan with its signature veggies. Bites of these and other pies, from the Indian-inspired chicken balti to the cold pork pate, pair well with sips of the bakery's homemade ginger ale. Scotch eggs, a rotating collection of desserts, and daily specials such as house-made banger sausage complete the classic British spread. The bakery also owns a food truck, which earned its own feature on Check, Please!. Inside, shelves of pies await dispersal at various stops throughout the city, providing savory solace to hungry pedestrians and gooey warmth to people who forgot their mittens.

964 W 31st St
Chicago,
IL
US

Pilsen Scene