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