Before the invention of dessert, the only way to cleanse an after-dinner palate was to vacuum it repeatedly and neutralize lingering flavors with bursts of smooth jazz. Treat hard-working taste buds to a sweeter ending with today's Groupon: for $6, you get $12 worth of fresh-baked treats at Sweet Mandy B's.
With a cornucopia of delectable desserts, Sweet Mandy B's sates even the most persnickety of sweet teeth. Keep morning coffee company with a.m.-appropriate treats, such as quick breads, muffins, and scones ($2.25–$4.25). Or, challenge snooty notions of what does or does not constitute a salad by lunching on a chocolate-chip, peanut-butter, or chocolate-ginger cookie ($1.50–$3.95). Fruit- and cream-filled pies allow philanthropic types to fill friends' bellies (starting at $7), as do a panoply of creative cakes smartly dressed in buttercream and bright, hand-drawn designs (starting at $16). For the fork unfortunate, Sweet Mandy B’s award-winning cupcakes pack all the flavor of their larger siblings into a size more suitable for consumption by hand–or by cup, in full accordance with the law ($1.10–$2.75).
Sweet Mandy B's earned Best of Citysearch awards in 2008 and 2010, and reviewers give the bakery a 4.5-star average. TripAdvisors rank it number 41 out of nearly 4,500 restaurants listed in Chicago, and Yelpers give it four stars.