Sunday, July 17, 2011

Pleasant House Bakery

There's a new restaurant in town that has all of LTHForum spinning poetry, and no, it's not Next, although, I would love to score reservations for our first wedding anniversary in September! The restaurant that we visited tonight is Pleasant House Bakery in Bridgeport. They use high quality organic ingredients and much of their produce is grown in their very own garden! This sweet, family owned restaurant churns out amazing savory pies. I'm not a big fan of pies for dessert, but I will not turn down a beautiful pie with a savory filling. 

On the eve of an expected heat wave, I enjoyed their homemade ginger ale while waiting for our order. It was a refreshing treat that was not too sweet and had just the right amount of bite. 

We opted for the steak and ale and chicken balti pies with a side of the deluxe gravy chips. We were lucky to arrive just before the temporary shortage on steak and ale pies that required a 30 minute wait for the next batch. The steak was tender, but also quite rich. I later learned of a "secret" option to have a rounded scoop of mashed potatoes served on top and finished with a ladle of gravy. It was a beautiful sight to see at other tables. I think this combination would've balanced the richness of the filling. 

The chicken balti pie was coated in an aromatic curry sauce. Between the two pies, we both preferred the chicken balti.Their crust was flaky and delicate, yet sturdy, buttery without being overly rich. These pies don't look like much in size, but I assure you that they are very filling! 

For a side, we opted for the deluxe gravy chips, slightly reminiscent of poutine from our recent trip to Montreal. We look forward to returning for their Friday night fish fry and trying their mushroom and kale pie.
There is very limited seating, but you are welcome to enjoy your food next door at Maria's Liquor. You can also have your order prepared for carry out. I am anticipating lines out the door in the near future!

964 W. 31st St
Chicago, IL 60608
773-523-PIES (7437)

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