Before pastries were invented, society paired its morning coffee with oven-fresh Shrinky Dinks. Nourish your sweet tooth with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of café fare and German pastries at Lutz Café and Bakery.
Since 1948, the same family who first whisked up the Lutz Café and Bakery has been filling bellies with handmade German pastries lauded by the New Yorker for their authenticity. Under the skilled hands of an experienced treat kneader, natural ingredients metamorphose into a chocolate éclair, a chocolate-drenched heap of custard and ethereal whipped cream piled inches high atop a delicate shell of puff pastry ($4.85). Like a pita-wrapped turducken, every sugar-dusted kolachkie is stuffed with flavorful filling, its buttery package of dough thoroughly stocked with apricot, raspberry, strawberry, or cheese cargo before it's sealed up and mailed into mouths ($14.95 for about 12). Alternatively, customers can tuck into thick slices of poppy-seed strudel, marble loaves of raisin-speckled phyllo dough ($7.95 for a half lb.), while sipping traditional Vienna coffee ($3.75), which sloshes to tables in individual-size, piping-hot pots accompanied by clouds of whipped cream.
At lunchtime, diners can plunge spoons into robust hungarian goulash ($7.95) and surf the WiFi connection and jet-ski the classical music that flows through the BYOB, tableclothed café. Customers can carry individual-size quiche Lorraine ($7.95) to the outdoor seating area to make mouthless trees jealous by biting into its hand-rolled crust.
Lutz Café & Pastry Shop
Since opening as the first konditorei, or German pastry shop, in the city of Chicago in 1948, Lutz Café & Pastry Shop has collected praise from the New Yorker, the Food Network, and generations of sweets-savvy mouths. Beneath the curve of a wood-and-glass display case, strudels, cakes, and candies crafted from traditional European recipes preen in the light of pendant lamps. Pristine tablecloths and delicate china crown tables in the flower-filled dining room and private, outdoor garden (open Mother’s Day through October), where a blue reflecting pool mirrors yellow deck umbrellas. Individual pots of Viennese-style coffee energize guests for flurries of typing over the complimentary WiFi network or climbing expeditions to the peak of a towering chocolate-covered Baumkuchen cake.
2458 W Montrose Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60618Get Directions