Hendrickx Belgian Bread Crafter has only been open 11 days, but it’s clear Renaud Hendrickx is serious about his baking. I tried samples of his Belgian white chocolate bread, muffins, and country bread before walking out with one of the remaining croissants. Hours later, I’m still happy with my purchase. Light, flaky, with a dense, moist center, this buttery croissant is an excellent candidate for tops in the city.
However, this is not a spot to gather with friends and linger over strong coffee. Sadly, there’s no seating in the tiny storefront. The bakery is tucked away off the street, but that shouldn’t stop those determined to enjoy great croissants. It’s definitely worth seeking out.
Hendrickx Belgian Bread Crafter (closed Monday’s)
100 East Walton
Chicago, IL 60611
$2.75 for a plain croissant
Croissant Quest 2010 Stops (in order of preference):
Thanks to @ChrisFort for suggesting this spot!
06/28/10 UPDATE: Hendrickx now has outdoor seating! Guess I caught them before they had a chance to put out the tables.