Hendrickx Belgian Bread – Croissant Quest 2010

Hendrickx Belgian Bread | Croissant

Get your fresh croissants in the Gold Coast.

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
(312) 649-6717

$2.75 for a plain croissant

Croissant Quest 2010 Stops (in order of preference):

  1. Beans & Bagels
  2. Hendrickx Belgian Bread Crafter
  3. Sweet Cakes Bakery
  4. Fritz Pastry

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.

  1. Melinda left a comment on June 28, 2010 at 8:55 am

    This bakery now has outdoor seating! Intimate tables, good food, good coffee–who could ask for more? And no, I don’t own the bakery 🙂

  2. Tammy left a comment on June 28, 2010 at 10:12 am

    @Melinda Yes, saw that the other day and meant to amend the review. Thanks for reminding me! -T

  3. Carmen left a comment on July 10, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    Hendrickx is a new gem for Chicago; incredibly fresh pastries for one, or large loaves to share. My favorite is the almond croissant, they tell me it’s made with imported french butter. They use belgium chocolate in the muffins, croissants and bread. Can’t get enough!

  4. Tammy left a comment on July 10, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    @Carmen I like that they sell their loaves of country bread in 1/2, 1/4 and 1/8 pieces. Works out well for me since I love bread but need to pace myself. 🙂

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