Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Delightful Pastries in Chicago Takes Homemade Sandwiches, Soups and Other Savory Specialties to a New Level of Goodness

Many delighted health conscious Chicagoans have found Picnic Basket ETthat Delightful Pastries, one of Chicago’s most beloved bakeries, is also the creator of wonderfully fresh homemade sandwiches and soups that are as healthy as they are delicious. Delightful Pastry’s focus on savory foods is readily apparent at two of their locations: the Delightful Pastries Café and Bakery in Old Town (1710 N. Wells St., Chicago; 312-255-0724) and the popular Delightful Pastries kiosk at the Chicago French Market (131 N. Clinton, Chicago; 312-234-9644).

“Many of our customers bypass the sweets and instead go for our savory creations,” said partner Dobra Bielinski. “We’re more than happy to please them with a wide selection of sandwiches and soups, all made from scratch. We make these dishes with the same attention to quality and freshness as we do all of our baked goods.” Partner Robert Hawryszczuk takes pride in Delightful Pastries’ homemade offerings. “We use family recipes to make our sandwiches and soups," he said. "Even the sauces in the sandwiches, such as homemade horseradish sauce. We believe that every customer deserves the best quality food just like how we make them at home.”

All Delightful Pastries sandwich ingredients are freshly prepared in-house without preservatives or other fillers. “Our guests appreciate the fresh deliciousness of our sandwiches,” said Bielinski. “If you can imagine a sandwich where the bread is just-baked on premises, the meat is local and all natural, the bacon is lean, thick-cut and locally cured, and where the ham and pork cutlets are from a local Polish butcher, then you have a good idea as to why our sandwiches have so many fans. At the Wells The Thanksgiving and The Polishlocation, we have vegan sour dough bread and gluten free options for those who have these special requirements.”

Sandwich favorites, available at both Delightful Pastries locations, include The Polish ($8), with Polish ham, Swiss cheese, homemade horseradish sauce, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, tomato and field greens, served on a fresh butter croissant; the Thanksgiving ($8), hand carved turkey breast, Swiss cheese, homemade horseradish, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, cranberry sauce, tomato and field greens on a fresh butter croissant; The Fusion ($8), “Ceviche Style” shrimp salad, mayonnaise, spice, pickles and field greens on a fresh butter croissant, and The Three Piggly Wigglys ($10), made with Polish ham, lean crispy bacon, pan fried pork cutlet and pickles, served on an “everything” bun. Peanut butter lovers can’t resist the He Lives! ($8), with peanut butter, grape jelly, lean crispy bacon, banana, house secret sauce, all served on a fresh butter croissant.

 
Signature Specialty Sandwiches at the Wells Street location the unique B.E.L.T. Sandwich ($8.50), made with peppered bacon, egg salad, baby lettuces, tomato, and served on a homemade croissant. The Tuna Sandwich ($8.75) features Mediterranean tuna salad (with artichokes, sundried tomatoes, olives, and vinaigrette), topped with baby arugula and served on sunflower rye sourdough bread.

Delightful Pastries’ soups ($5.50 per 12 oz. serving at Wells Street Location and $4.00 per 12 oz. serving at French Market) are equally fresh and delicious, based around all natural soup stocks that are made from scratch, either chicken or vegan. “We’re Butternut Squash Soup ETpleased to offer a nice variety of freshly made soups,” said Bielinski. “Our guests have discovered that these filling, healthful recipes are perfect any time of the year. Served with our freshly baked bread, they are an amazing meal onto themselves.”

On the lighter soup side are the Chicken Noodle Soup and the chilled Gazpacho (seasonal and vegan). Heartier soups include Split Pea with Ham, New England Clam Chowder, Spring Harvest Soup, Beef Mushroom Barley and the Cream-free, Gluten-free Butternut Squash soup.

The savory collection at the both locations also include freshly baked Quiches, Frittatas and Spinach Lamb Pie, salads, and the to-die-for Pierogi, which have been Delightful Pastries signature items since the beginning.
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