Beans & Bagels – Croissant Quest 2010 Continues

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A trio of tasty croissants from Beans & Bagels.

Croissant Quest 2010 continued this week with a look at Beans & Bagels. The place came highly recommended both on Twitter and in the comments from our first stop, Sweet Cakes Bakery, so I moved it up on the list.

Like last week, we arrived late morning and bought out the remaining supply — a few plain croissants, one cheese and one cinnamon. Wow. These croissants were light, flaky and exuded a butteriness that exceeded expectations. I was equally impressed with the quality of their bagels. They were toasted crunchy but didn’t dry out the middle, and the toppings were generous.

Beans & Bagels is a good spot to linger, enjoy the tasty coffee and eye-catching posters/artwork/goth sock monkeys or, if you prefer, read the paper. Though the train came barreling into the station several times while we were there, no one seemed to notice. Was it because we were blissed out on pastry? Perhaps. I know I’ll be back for a combination of caffeine and flaky goodness soon.

If you have a recommendation for Croissant Quest 2010, please leave a comment or send us a tweet. Thanks!

Beans & Bagels

We would definitely hop off the train at Montrose for a taste of Paris.

Bean & Bagels
1812 West Montrose Avenue (Montrose Brown Line)
Chicago, IL 60613-1008
(773) 769-2000‎

  1. Hurdler4eva left a comment on May 11, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    @ChicagoBites Try Sarah’s Pastries & Candies on your Croissant Quest! 70 E. Oak

  2. BitXDeadweight left a comment on May 11, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    @ChicagoBites Not a croissant connoisseur, but I certainly enjoy the ones at Sweet Cakes corner of Damen & Iowa

  3. ChicagoBites left a comment on May 11, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    @BitXDeadweight Went to Sweet Cakes last week: http://www.chicagobites.com/2010/05/swee

  4. rebeccawilova left a comment on May 11, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    @ChicagoBites Looks like you guys all had a great time! I admit I *finally* figured out the “beans” were coffee beans… d’oh!

  5. DecantChicago left a comment on May 11, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    @ChicagoBites please put the prices with the croissants! @NewWaveCafe in Logan has tasty, crusty croissants plain, almond, cheese, spinach

  6. DecantChicago left a comment on May 11, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    @ChicagoBites and of course @CookAuVin on Elston, authentically french (and opening a bakery in Logan Sq). I like whole foods for $1.69ea

  7. BitXDeadweight left a comment on May 11, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    @ChicagoBites … I guess that just shows how well I’ve been keeping up with things >.>

  8. ChicagoBites left a comment on May 11, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    @BitXDeadweight Nada mas, there’s plenty of time to enjoy croissants. 🙂

  9. ChicagoBites left a comment on May 11, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    @DecantChicago The prices, right! Ooooh, wait…had a Bob Barker moment. Yes, will remember to include!

  10. ChicagoBites left a comment on May 11, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    @rebeccawilova Don’t feel bad, took me a while, too. 🙂

  11. geg5150 left a comment on May 11, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    @ChicagoBites I much prefer the location at the Rockwell Brown Line stop, much quieter and more space. Viva la croissant!

  12. ChicagoBites left a comment on May 11, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    @geg5150 Is it valid to consider their second location as separate stop on #croissantquest2010? Or am I just being greedy? 🙂

  13. geg5150 left a comment on May 11, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    @ChicagoBites I’m assuming that everything is baked in one location, but really, for the sake of science, you should check it out.

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