4. Publican Quality Bread
West Town

The gist: The One Off Hospitality team’s wholesale bakery has been supplying Chicago’s culinary landscape with choice loaves, baguettes, and beyond for nearly 10 years—and now they have a brick and mortar to accompany their efforts. Managing partner and head baker Greg Wade (James Beard Award “Outstanding Baker” winner) offers a daily menu that reflects the team’s small-production and local-sourcing philosophies (working with family-owned farms across the Midwest to grow rare heritage grains for their flours). Experience them to-go or onsite—if the latter, take advantage of the patio during summer months, and inside, peruse the retail space (which features carb-centric items from Wade and team, along with other local finds).
The food: On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, opt for indulgent weekend-exclusive orders like lemon meringue croissants or pistachio and amarena cherry-filled maritozzi, alongside an expanded retail menu of rotating bread offerings including toasted sesame sourdough and malted rye loaves. Other musts: the Tiramisu Cruffin, Mushroom and Manchego Tartine, and, of course, The Big Sandwich, a pay-by-weight handheld of Dijon, stracciatella, mortadella, and sour cherry spread.
How to book: Walk-ins only.

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