The bagel, like the circle from which it takes its shape, is a metaphor for life; it literally never ends. Enjoy eternally enticing eats with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of fresh-baked bagels, breads, pastries, and more at e.leaven on East Ontario Street.
Named the Best Bagel of 2010 by Daily Candy, e.leaven Chicago boasts a menu full of well-rounded comestibles and fresh-baked loaves. Bagels come in a variety of incarnations such as asiago, oat bran, and cinnamon raisin, all ready to be loaded will a flavor-blast of olive and pimiento, scallion, or strawberry cream cheese ($.95 each, $2.95+ with cream cheese). Arm yourself for a salmon insurrection with a pack of 13 bagels and two 6-oz. tubs of cream cheese (starting at $15). For more conventional sandwich casings, e.leaven bakes perfectly crusted loaves of multigrain, rye, and challah ($6 each). Breakfast and lunch options include the strawberry-stuffed challah french toast ($9.95), or a Thanksgiving turkey sandwich on pumpkin-sage bread stuffed with a cornucopia of swiss cheese, dijon mustard, and an apple-cranberry spread ($7.25). Sweet-as-pie pastries include muffins ($3), cupcakes ($3.75), and macaroons ($2).
- Whether you prefer cheesy Asiago (a best seller), healthful oat bran, or spicy jalapeno, every bite will be a revelation. – Daily Candy
- I think the friendly staff has to do with my enthusiasm for this place. The sweets are great and if you want to make substitutes with your sandwich options they're very helpful. – Carolina P., Yelp
A good New-York style bagel starts with the water. That's why the chefs at E.leaven installed a filtration system that mimics those on the east coast, the first step to achieving a bagel's ideal balance of crisp exterior and doughy center. When each one has been formed and carefully boiled, it joins other baked goods inside rotational ovens, then pairs with cream cheese, lox, or scrambled eggs, all of which are breakfast staples at the cafe.
But the bagels are just the beginning of E.leaven's commitment to made-from-scratch and seasonal meals. E.leaven's chefs are passionate about exploring seasonal ingredients from around the corner and around the world to create made-from-scratch comfort gourmet cuisine. Everything from the soups to the corned beef hash is prepped with care in the kitchen, and the breads are made by hand every day, rather than grown in test tubes. They go on to form lunch sandwiches served hot or cold, with fillings such as soft shell crab and prosciutto with goat cheese. Even the potato chips, falafel, and buns for the kosher hot dogs are homemade.
Near North Side
54 E Ontario St.
Chicago, Illinois 60611Get Directions