There isn’t much time left to save 2020, but these recently-opened bakeries are trying their best. They’re making everything from deep-dish sweet potato pie to pull-apart milk bread to cupcakes topped with chocolate covered Cheez-its, all in a desperate attempt to improve our lives. In other words, you should probably visit at least one of these six new spots.
Baye's Little Bakery
You shouldn’t let another weekend go by without ordering something from Bayes Little Bakery in Lincoln Square. Bayes is a virtual bakery operating out of Luella’s Southern Kitchen in Lincoln Square, and has the same chef and owner. You can order things like brown butter sticky buns, apple cobbler, cinnamon rolls, deep-dish sweet potato pie, pecan pralines, and a french toast kit if you want the chance to screw up your own brunch. Orders must be placed at least 24 hours in advance.
Brite is a brand new bakery in Fulton Market from two former Publican pastry chefs. And like Bayes, you need to plan ahead for this spot, since pickup orders need to be made the day before. The menu has creative baked goods like sweet potato donuts topped with BBQ graham crackers, a cold brew cream donut with blueberry glaze, vegan earl grey sticky buns, and apple thyme sesame morning buns. Oh, and they also have a bunch of seasonal pies available for pre-order, too.
Rye Deli & Drink
Rye Deli & Drink just opened in the West Loop and has a great selection of handmade bagels. Along with the usual suspects like blueberry, sesame, and poppyseed, they also have varieties like thyme and sea salt or blue masa with cinnamon. And instead of cream cheese, they have labneh shmears with flavors like melted leek or roasted strawberry and honey.
This upscale bakery and cafe in the West Loop has plenty of sweet and savory pastries on its menu. You’ll find ham and cheese croissants, chocolate babka, coconut ginger cake, Paris-Brest, and a variety of cookies. And unlike a lot of the places on this guide, Ambler is open seven days a week.
The Goat team decided that having 84 great West Loop restaurants wasn’t good enough, so they opened Sugargoat in the space next to Little Goat Diner. It’s a dessert shop specializing in treats with fun flavor combinations. So you can get things like pickled raisin oatmeal cookies, a gjetost apple pie, or Cheez-it cake filled with cheddar caramel and topped with strawberry Nesquik buttercream and peanut butter and chocolate-covered Cheez-its. Does that last one sound like a stoned person’s late-night fantasy? Yes, but we can confirm that it’s delicious.
Consider this entry a bonus, because Aya isn’t really that new. This bakery in West Town opened late last year, and we’re not sure that enough people know about it. The “Aya” in question was the head pastry chef at Maple & Ash, and now you can get her fantastic baked goods straight from the source. Her bakery has everything from wonderfully flaky croissants, to all kinds of bread (like sourdough and pull-apart milk bread) to take-and-bake cinnamon rolls that will change your life.