During the Victorian era, cookies were known as "sweet biscuits" and were eaten only by paupers, who were forced to substitute rich, hearty tallow with inexpensive sugar. Relish this sweet substitution with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of sweet treats and artisan baked goods at Bittersweet, in Lakeview.
Within an inviting European-style café setting, Bittersweet’s chef, Judy Contino, satisfies sugar pangs with a rotating menu of artisanal cakes, cookies, tarts, and candies. Furnish a new tabletop with a classic layer cake, which can arrive in a plethora of fillings, flavors, and frostings ($24+), or surprise a significant other by dunking her face into a specialty Valentine's Day treat such as the 8-inch chocolate-fudge-cake heart torte—an amorous act accentuated by the cake’s personalized message ($30). A gourmet confectionery touch graces the 2.5-inch tarts filled with crème brûlée and strawberries ($3.25 for each) as well as cookies such as chocolate chip, peanut butter, and jelly-filled linzers ($15/lb.). Or, protest the tyranny of bowl-and-spoon breakfasts by digging into handheld day starters including scones, muffins, brioche, and croissants ($2.75–$4).
Over 230 Yelpers give Bittersweet a four-star average:
- They have a huge selection of pastries, all of which look amazing. The prices are really reasonable for what you get, too. – Patrick L., Yelp, 01/01/2011
- Being a pastry chef, I appreciate walking into somehwere and feeling as though I'm in the safe, tasty hands of competance. This place is solid in thier [sic] menu, recipes and execution. – cakemouth c., Yelp, 01/18/2011
1114 W Belmont Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60657Get Directions