Bulldog Bakery – Croissant Quest 2010

Bulldog Bakery Croissant

Cheese croissant from Bulldog Bakery

After a bit of a hiatus, Croissant Quest 2010 restarted after spotting Bulldog Bakery at the downtown Farmer’s Market. I didn’t expect to see a selection of plain, fruity and cheese pastries tucked between the strawberry and asparagus stands, but couldn’t resist once I saw them. Bakeries at Farmer’s Markets are a great idea, by the way, especially for places like Bulldog that aren’t in trendy neighborhoods or located near train lines. I like convenience!

The flaky, golden crust drew me to the pastries and with a nudge from the lady at the booth, I soon walked away with what she called a cheese croissant. I asked her twice to make sure, but honestly? It was more danish than croissant. The crust looked flaky, but it was actually a soggy mess when I bit into it and had a sweetish after-taste that I couldn’t wait to wash out. I still have high hopes for finding more croissant candidates at Farmer’s Markets, but will probably return to my earlier mode of hitting bakeries on Saturday mornings.

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

Bulldog Bakery

Bulldog Bakery store front on Elston

Bulldog Bakery
3207 North Elston Avenue
Chicago, IL 60618-5827

$1.75 for a cheese croissant

Croissant Quest 2010 Stops (in order of preference):

  1. Beans & Bagels
  2. Hendrickx Belgian Bread Crafter
  3. Sweet Cakes Bakery
  4. Fritz Pastry
  5. Bulldog Bakery
  1. John Jacob left a comment on June 14, 2010 at 9:00 am

    That photo is not their storefront on Elston. That is their old storefront on Belmont which is now Bleeding Heart Bakery.

  2. bierkle left a comment on June 14, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    @ChicagoBites – Hi! My intern Stephanie reached out about the “Brunch and Brews” with Top Chef Alum Val Bolon. Check out @youswoop 2day.

  3. Karen B. left a comment on June 14, 2010 at 9:42 am

    Sometimes, good looks hide a vapid interior. Too bad. I’m ready to rejoin the quest whenever you find a candidate!

  4. Tammy left a comment on June 14, 2010 at 9:50 am

    Thanks John! I grabbed the wrong picture this morning. Obviously I need more coffee. Replaced it with the right version.

  5. Tammy left a comment on June 14, 2010 at 9:58 am

    Let me know which you’d like to try next:
    Marion Street Cheese Market
    Hot Chocolate
    Sarah’s Pastries & Candies
    Vanille Patisserie
    Julius Meinl
    La Patisserie P

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