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Interurban Cafe & Pastry Shop

Perfect For: Cheap Eats Impressing Out of Towners Lunch Quick Eats

Interurban Cafe & Pastry Shop

Figuratively speaking, Interurban is a diamond in the rough. Literally speaking, it’s a haven for all things dessert and a quick lunch fix in an alleyway behind Beaumont Bar. Speaking of which, we feel like there needs to be a city-wide rule you can't go to Beaumont once you're a year and a half out of college, maybe two at the most. And while Beaumont is the last place in the world we would tell anyone to go these days, knowing that ridiculous bar's location is key to finding Interurban's delectable desserts.

There are few places in Chicago we would consider “hidden gems,” because it’s tough to hide quality places here. And while Interurban isn’t completely overlooked, it still manages to go largely unnoticed despite occasionally getting praise from the local news. Hell, we initially found out about it from Taxi TV even though we turn that sh*t off 99.99% of the time, so shout out to Steve Dolinsky for that.

Interurban isn't a restaurant as much as it is a walk-through window where you can pick up some tasty sweet treats, plus a few savory soups and sandwiches. You want more? Well, that's it. Interurban: a little window, a few savory items, and a lot of desserts, all made from scratch. So why are we so high on something we don't have much to particularly say about? Because Interurban is the baby of Christine McCabe, a chef who honed her skills in the famed kitchen of Charlie Trotter. We aren't normally big on chefs, but this is Charlie Trotter we're talking about, and his disciples are to the restaurant industry what the Bill Parcells coaching tree is to the NFL. Super Bowl's and Michelin Stars descend from these two professional lines, and we hear those things are kind of a big deal.

As we mentioned, Interurban can be hard to find. If you're standing on the northwest corner of Halsted and Armitage, head west on Armitage before hanging a right at the first alley you pass. Look for the Interurban sign that's often out front to help you find the way.

Interurban may not be winning Michelin Stars anytime soon, but the desserts will make you a hit at any Super Bowl party.

Food Rundown


Order it all. Seriously. Get a giant box of everything that's fresh, and anything you can't eat save it for later. Better yet, bring some to your friends, they'll love you for it. Bacon bread pudding, homemade pop tarts, salted caramel tarts, cookies, and cupcakes just to name a few. WE CAN BARELY CONTAIN OURSELVES!


Pop Tarts


Savory Lunch

There's not a consistent set menu, but you can always expect a few different options for lunch, like the savory tartelets seen here. Go with the open- minded intentions of getting something along the lines of a sandwich on focaccia, which usually includes a vegetarian option, plus a soup, and salad of the day. We like to get whatever sandwich is available and pair it with a box of one too many desserts.

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