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Loretta's Bake Shop and Cafe

939 W. Randolph St.
Chicago  Illinois  60607
United States
(312) 243-3959
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Midwest Living Review

Kit Bernardi
Family recipes are the secret ingredient that makes Loretta's hand pies and sandwiches so good.

Owner Mary Beth Flynn relies on her mom, Loretta’s recipes to create a variety of delicious from-scratch pies, cakes, brownies and bars at this friendly bakery-cafe in Chicago’s West Loop. Customers start lining up as early as 7 a.m. for the triangular fruit-filled hand pies ($1.75) in flavors like blueberry, cherry and apple—often sold out by 11 a.m. The five-inch mini pies ($7) don’t move quite as fast, but aren’t far behind in popularity.

All the baked goods are made with seasonal, Midwest-grown fruit like Red Haven peaches, Michigan cherries, local blueberries and strawberries. The lattice-top caramel apple pie is worth ordering for its moist, buttery crust and fruit filling that's so good you’ll want to lick the plate.

Mary Beth is a charming hostess, chatting with her regular customers about their families and jobs while describing the daily list of fresh baked goods, handmade sandwiches and salads. A black-and-white photo of Loretta adorns an exposed brick wall, and her cursive signature graces the tops of the white scallop-edged boxes bearing goodies to go.

September 21, 2012

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