For a food city, Chicago’s 24-hour dining options are lame-o (though Hollywood Grill certainly has its place).
Good news: Bleeding Heart Bakery & Cafe’s 8,500-square-foot West Town flagship opened yesterday. On weekends, the retrofitted diner keeps hangovers at bay anytime of day.
Punk rock baker Michelle Garcia (who shares ownership with husband Vinny, Greg Mohr, and Scott Weiner) is notorious for her ecomindedness, colorful tats, and penchant for pleasing vegans and meat eaters alike. BHB&C’s deli cases teem with from-scratch delicacies: salted chocolate-olive oil and blueberry-lavender ice cream; chocolate brioche, fougasse, and artisan breads; pies, cake balls, cookies, and entremets (little French mousse cakes) in flavors like avocado black pepper balsamic and classic strawberry shortcake.
Grab an Alterra coffee and donut (strawberry frosted, spiced apple) to go or stake out a vinyl booth and feast on vegan s’mores pancakes, five flavorful Benedicts, chilaquiles, and skillets.
Up next: rooftop garden, patio, juice bar.
Things will never be the same-o.
Bleeding Heart Bakery & Cafe, 1916 West Chicago Avenue, at Winchester Avenue (773-904-1414 or thebleedingheartbakery.com).
Photo: Courtesy of Bleeding Heart Bakery & Cafe