Sweet Cakes Bakery – Croissant Quest 2010

Croissant | Sweet Cakes Bakery

We managed to get the last garden variety croissant.

I was exposed to all things French last week at a reception for the Mayor of Paris, and somehow that created a need to find good croissants in the city of Chicago. Naturally, I expressed this need on Twitter, and quickly worked up a list of places to try.

Line Sweet Cakes Bakery

The line never seemed to shrink.

Sweet Cakes Bakery was the first to brag about their baked goods, so fellow questers @denas, @piratealice & @lacabezag converged there to help me check them out. We were warned by Sweet Cakes that they sold out quickly, so it was fortunate that @denas got there early (you rock, girl) and bought the remaining croissants.

Chocolate Croissant | Sweet Cakes Bakery

Croissant with a layer of chocolate filling.

And the verdict by our tasters? “It’s not Paris, 6am.” Considering it was 11am in Chicago, this was not as damning as it may sound. In fact, the croissants disappeared along with a few scones, cupcakes and a Chex Mix treat. However, it means I need to continue the quest to find a croissant that makes me feel as though I’m swooning under the Eiffel Tower, covered in flaky pastry. Suggestions are welcome.

Sweet Cakes Bakery
935 North Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 772-5771
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  1. DenaS left a comment on May 3, 2010 at 9:20 am

    I had another croissant (spinach and cheese) at Flourish on Bryn Mawr later that day. The plain croissants looked delicious, too. I recommend a visit to Flourish — right off the Red Line Bryn Mawr el stop.

  2. Karen B. left a comment on May 3, 2010 at 9:20 am

    Being covered in flaky pastry is a must!

  3. Tammy left a comment on May 3, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Counting on you to help us crown a winner, K!

  4. Tammy left a comment on May 3, 2010 at 10:11 am

    I’ve had the cupcakes at Flourish, but haven’t tried any of their other baked goods. They are definitely on the list. 🙂

  5. To Kiss the Cook left a comment on May 3, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Man, this was my pick for tops. I’ve yet to be at their new location but I loved their old one and the buttery flakes of pastry that came with it. My only experiences have been limited to the early opening hours but I’m watching the remainder of your quest with grand interest!

  6. esskaycee left a comment on May 6, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    Beans & Bagels, Beans & Bagels, Beans & Bagels. That’s all you need to know.

    Also, Floriole.

  7. tlmravenswood left a comment on May 7, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Ok, I don’t think you’re going to find the “swooning under the Eiffel Tower” experience anywhere but in Paris. But if you want the closest thing to a real French croissant in Chicago, Beans and Bagels is your place.

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