Baking is a family affair at Sweety Pies Bakery, which is run by Arden and Bruce Kruger and their daughter and son, Dana and Chad. They told the Skokie Review that their passion started as a hobby; before opening the bakery, the family constantly made pies from recipes passed down from Dana and Chad's grandmother. In 2007, they opened Sweety Pies, and their housemade cupcakes, scones, and cookies have been gobbled up by visitors to downtown Skokie ever since. Everything's made from scratch in small batches using ingredients such as real sweet-cream butter and freshly cracked eggs. Their dedication has earned them such accolades as a first-place finish in the Skokie Patch's readers’ choice awards for their cakes—but it's their pies that truly set the bakery apart.
"Everything here is really good, especially the pies," Ted Brunson raved on an episode of Chicago's Best after sampling Sweety Pies’ rum-laced Crocodile pecan pie, dense chocolate cashmere pie, and raspberry supreme pie, which has a sour-cream topping that lends a cheesecake-like flavor to each bite. The Krugers never add preservatives to anything, so visitors should immediately teleport home with their turtle brownies or handmade scones, or consume the treats onsite in the cozy dining room along with cups of Intelligentsia coffee. The menu also includes quiches, soups, and granola by the pound.
In 1988, Auntie Anne's founders Anne and Jonas Beiler purchased a Pennsylvania farmers'-market stand, where they experimented with dough until they created a pretzel that seemed to strike the perfect chord with their customers. Today, at their more than 1,150 locations worldwide, the pretzel makers still hand roll the original recipe but have added to the menu with inventive options, such as the pepperoni pretzel and eight signature dipping sauces. The team constantly explores new uses for the pretzel dough, such as wrapping it around hot dogs, slicing it into bite-size nuggets, or using it to build historically accurate Austrian villages. To transform the snack into a meal, they accompany it with specialty drinks, including frozen-lemonade desserts.
When not twisting dough, Auntie Anne's team partners with the national charitable organization Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which raises funds to fight childhood cancer. Auntie Anne's also reaches out to the community through fundraising opportunities.
Though the phrase Tranyslvanian bakery might conjure up images of a pale, fanged man leaning over a bowl of blood pudding, the baked goods at Ovy Bakery aren't sinister, just sinful. As a child, head baker Ovidiu "Ovy" Pop learned the sweeter side of his homeland's history by learning how to bake the region's iconic sweets under the tutelage of his mother. She taught him how to create the fluffy layers of creme, the moist layers of sponge cake, and the light pastry puffs that serve as the building blocks for most of his desserts. After honing his skills at Kendall College culinary school and at Michelin-rated bakeries in Chicago, he decided to bring the desserts from his homeland to Skokie. He now spends all of his time making his favorite Romanian sweets, such as the spumoasa, which alternates layers of puff pastry with strawberry-foam cream, and an orange diplomat creme rolled in yellow sponge cake and topped with orange whipped cream. Like a brewery's repairman, many of Ovy's desserts come soaked in liquor––such as the amandina's rum-infused chocolate sponge cake––adding a hint of indulgence to the decadent treats.
Carbo-load your way through the day with help from The Bagel Restaurant and Deli — this fresh bagel spot serves the Skokie region of Skokie.
Keep your diet in check at The Bagel Restaurant and Deli, a local restaurant with gluten-free and low-fat menu items.
The Bagel Restaurant and Deli is ready to help you throw the dinner party of your dreams!
Put the suit away when heading to The Bagel Restaurant and Deli — dress is casual, as are the vibes.
Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and The Bagel Restaurant and Deli will ensure that it is delicious.
Take advantage of the free parking next door to The Bagel Restaurant and Deli.
The Bagel Restaurant and Deli offers a nice selection of mid-range cuisine, so you can expect a meal there to cost about $30 or less per person.
The Bagel Restaurant and Deli has three square meals a day on the menu, so swing by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
The Bagel Restaurant and Deli knows how to get a bagel lover's attention, so check out the deliciousness for yourself ASAP.
Dunk your donut or eat it plain — you can't go wrong with Dunkin Donuts' deep-fried dough.
Dunkin Donuts combines great flavors with healthy ingredients for dishes that not just taste good but make you feel good too.
Perfect for an after-work outing, Dunkin Donuts won't require you to change outfits before dining as the dress here is super casual.
It's time to gather up the party people. Serve them great food from Dunkin Donuts.
Diners can take full advantage of the free parking in the lot next to Dunkin Donuts.
Travel by bike to Dunkin Donuts and store your bike at a nearby rack.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all on Dunkin Donuts' menu — you can stop by whenever the moment's right for you.
No need to sweat your schedule — the restaurant is open 24 hours a day.
When you're seeking a large variety of yummy and innovative donuts, pay Dunkin Donuts a visit.
For a lunch that will ease those midday hunger pains, head to Skokie's Kaufman's Bagel & Delicatessen for a sandwich or salad, a delicatessen in the city of Skokie.
Youngsters are more than welcome to join mom and dad at Kaufman's Bagel & Delicatessen.
Need to get out of the house? Order and pick up from Kaufman's Bagel & Delicatessen.
Park the car nearby or take the train or bus to Kaufman's Bagel & Delicatessen, a restaurant close to public transit and parking.
Parking has never been easier at Kaufman's Bagel & Delicatessen, a restaurant located near a variety of parking selections.
Kaufman's Bagel & Delicatessen knows how to put a smile on your face
the fairly-priced fare is easy on your taste buds as well as your wallet.