A talented pastry chef can whisk ingredients together quickly enough to bend time and space, creating a black hole capable of sucking down pies, cakes, and British children eating pies filled with cake. Taste the sweetness of an "event horizon" with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of sweets, café cuisine, and more at Lutz Café & Pastry Shop.
Founded by Mr. and Mrs. Fred Lutz in 1948, Lutz Café was the first German pastry shop, or konditorei, in Chicago. Using all-natural ingredients and traditional European recipes, Lutz serves strudels, cookies, candies, and cakes, including the New Yorker–approved chocolate-covered Baumkuchen cake, which is baked in successive layers over several hours, showing faint rings that determine its age ($32.95). Classic sugar-glazed cheese coffee cakes ($10.95) pamper tongues, and rich belgian and swiss truffles ($19 for a half-pound assorted box) melt in the mouth like chocolate ice cubes.
Lutz's café menu also offers comforting and hearty lunch options. Lightly butter taste buds with individual-size flaky ham-and-cheddar-filled quiches ($7.95), or try the mouth-melting spinach crêpes finished with hollandaise sauce ($8.95). Homemade, creamy tomato bisque ($3.95) stands confidently on its own or battles loneliness with the addition of a half sandwich for an extra $5. If sitting and sipping, relax with an individual european pot of coffee served viennese-style with whipped cream ($3.75) in a quaint indoor café and pastry shop or the outdoor garden café.
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 60618