Meat parading as a bread loaf is a rare success in the world of food mimicry, which is also known for failed dishes such as chicken fondue and beef Jell-O. Extrapolate the meat microcosm with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of gourmet meatloaf creations at The Meatloaf Bakery in Lincoln Park.
The Meatloaf Bakery specializes in what its name suggests: meatloaf. Its creations, however, are above and beyond the meatloaf served in most American households during American television events such as the Super Bowl or the season premier of Pat Boone Reads Chaucer. A straightforward menu of eight (mostly) meat-based recipes can be turned into a tiny, two-bite-size Loafie ($2); a savory cupcake (starting at $7.95); or an entire loaf, tart, or layer cake (starting at $34.95) that serves between four and six people. Aim for The Mother Loaf, a meat fusion of beef, pork, and veal spiced with onions, ketchup, and secret seasonings and topped with potatoey Yukon Smashers, creating the quintessential meatsperience. Sail off to sea with the Omega-3 Loaf, a fluffy blend of wild-caught Alaskan salmon, piping with notes of lemon, parsley, and dill and crowned by wasabi mashed potatoes. Vegetarians will belt out a ballad for the Yentl Lentl Loaf, a gluten- and meat-free concoction of tender lentils and brown rice flavored with veggies and cheese under a roof of vibrant bell peppers.
Comfort food is best eaten on a cold summer’s day, after a harrowing breakup, or when vacationing in the gravy-coated mountains of a biscuit resort. Make comfort food an anytime thing with one of The Meatloaf Bakery’s signature creations, which are hewn by Cynthia, Chief Meatloaf Maker and store founder. Designed from equal parts nostalgia, creativity, and a love for hearty, good eats, these gourmet eats are frequently taken out, though dining in the quaint and simple bakery space is at times an option as well.
This Groupon is valid for catering and custom meatloaf creations, but it is not valid for delivery or gift certificates.
The Meatloaf Bakery has been featured by Food & Wine, Serious Eats, Metromix, Time Out Chicago, and ABC-7's Hungry Hound. Seven Citysearchers give it a perfect five-star rating, and 50 Yelpers give it a three-star average.
- …the meatloaves are universally well seasoned, balanced, and the recipes are smart and satisfying. – Michael Nagrant, Serious Eats
- This is a must-try venue for anyone looking for an upscale version of a taste of childhood. – Urockapulco, Citysearch
- I've tried the The Mother Loaf and also a lamb one. Both were really good and I especially liked the sauces accompanying each meatloaf. – Caroline M., Yelp
The Meatloaf Bakery
The Meatloaf Bakery's chief meatloaf maker, Cynthia, serves up an innovative take on a hearty comfort-food classic. Customers on the go have their pick of eight different kinds of meatloaf shaped like cupcakes, mini loaves, pies, and layer cakes. Cynthia's signature Mother Loaf, which has been featured on the Food Network's Sugar High, puts a new spin on the classic meatloaf. It seamlessly blends a meat trio of beef, pork, and veal with ketchup and herbs and comes with a mound of yukon mashed potatoes. Diners seeking the meatloaf experience sans meat can try her gluten-free, vegetarian Yentl Lentl Loaf, which uses only lentils and brown rice blended with bell peppers and cheese. Her six other loaves incorporate everything from Alaskan salmon to wing sauce with blue cheese or even a swirl of angel-hair pasta. She likes to reimagine meatloaf using the traditional meat of other countries' cuisines, creating hybrid comfort foods without reliving that French-Fry Onion-Soup Disaster.