If you’re craving dessert in Chicago, you’ll only run into one problem: too many choices. Here are some top-notch choices to appease your sweet tooth.
Mindy Segal has won the James Beard Award for “Outstanding Pastry Chef” every year from 2007-2011. Enjoy dinner at her Wicker Park restaurant Hot Chocolate and quickly move onto the sweets, including banana brioche bread pudding, chocolate cake two ways (think chocolate cake ice cream), and port wine pear tatin. You’ll also have to choose from about seven different hot chocolates—or don’t choose, and request the hot chocolate flight.
Locals look to Lincoln Park bakery Sweet Mandy B’s for the crème de la crème of sweets. You’ll find outrageously delicious and whimsical custom cakes, cookies, brownies, and whoopee pies. Although slightly on the pricy side, it will be worth battling the Lincoln Park moms for that last luscious red velvet cupcake.
Hoosier Mama Pie Company in the Ukranian Village serves up a huge variety of decadent pies, individual slices of which are available for purchase. You might want to try the Fat Elvis, made with fresh bananas, chocolate, peanut butter and a pretzel crust. You could also try the light as a feather Lemon Chess or the not-too sweet pumpkin pie (made with fresh pumpkin). The menu also features locally roasted Metropolis coffee.
You can also step back in time at Margie’s Candies. This tiny, old-fashioned ice cream parlor in Logan Square has a huge menu full of some the most unbelievably decadent sundaes imaginable. Squeeze into a booth amidst the candy jars and enjoy a hand-dipped pecan, caramel, and chocolate terrapin banana split. You may not be able to squeeze your way out!
Photo courtesy of Sweet Mandy B’s