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A ham danish at Michelin-starred Kasama.
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A ham danish at Michelin-starred Kasama.
| Garrett Sweet/Eater Chicago

Aside from pies and breads, Americans associate pastries with sweetness. And it is true that many pastries come with sugary fillings — which is what makes them so delicious. But lately some bakers in Chicago have been taking their cue from the Asian pastry tradition, where savory ingredients commonly mix with the sweet. Here is a list of a dozen bakeries where pastry lovers can find ingredients like cheese and scallions, sausage, and smoked salmon inside their croissants, danishes, and cookies.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

3612 W Wrightwood Ave

Chicago, IL 60647

This Logan Square upstart boasts decadent tahini chocolate chip cookies. Customers can also find croissants with interesting fillings including Italian beef, plus galettes, savory rolls, and more.

1733 Central St

Evanston, IL 60201

Hewn specializes in bread, but baker Ellen King has a sizable pastry operation as well, including cheesy gougeres and savory takes on brioche and croissants, including the Everything Croissant, sprinkled with everything bagel seasoning and filled with cheese.

4518 N Lincoln Ave

Chicago, IL 60625

For those who hate sweets first thing in the morning, Angel Chavez has created savory breakfast brioches that he sells at his virtual bakery that pops up at Bistro Campagne in Lincoln Square every Sunday. Sample feta and spinach or bacon, egg, and cheese.

2021 W Fulton St

Chicago, IL 60612

The seasonal doughnuts and pastries at Brite change every week, but the lineup always includes at least one savory option. Past entries include an Everything croissant filled cream cheese bacon jam, Funyun croissant, and a hot dog bouquet stuffed with pieces of Viennas and topped with poppy seeds, relish, onions, tomatoes, sport peppers, and mustard.

1001 N Winchester Ave

Chicago, IL 60622

Taste some of Genie Kwon’s work and you’ll understand why Kasama now has a Michelin star. The pastry chef has been experimenting with savory flavors, including a decadent black truffle croissant and beautiful and unusual flaky danishes topped with things like serrano ham and raclette, fois gras, and salmon confit and cream cheese.

5318 N Clark St

Chicago, IL 60640

Swedish bread is heavy and hearty, and some of that heartiness finds its way into Bobby Schaffer’s pastries, particularly the spelt chocolate chip cookies and seasonal danishes filled with cheese and vegetables. But also keep an eye out for tebirkes, a marzipan-flavored croissant covered with poppy seeds. There’s a second location in Wicker Park.

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1332 W Grand Ave

Chicago, IL 60642

The team of bakers at Aya Pastry in West Town is always experimenting, and it seems like every week there’s some sort of new treat, like a corned beef and sauerkraut croissant or kimchi bacon breads, but customers can always count on the ham and cheese croissant and the cheesy scallion biscuit, which is at its best when served with a crispy fried egg.

1220 W Webster Ave

Chicago, IL 60614

Since reopening last fall after a remodel, Sandra Holl and her crew of bakers at Floriole have been experimenting with different kinds of pastry, including vegan, gluten free, and bake at home — and also savory. Though the selection varies from day to day, the team has perfected a ham and cheese croissant and a hearty buckwheat scone made with oats.

2907 S Archer Ave

Chicago, IL 60608

For its first 50 years, Bridgeport Bakery was a Polish bakery, and in many ways, it still is — it has one of the largest paczki selections in town — but since owner Can Lao took over in 2020, it’s added Chinese and Mexican items to its lengthy menu, including pork buns, as well as savory coffee cakes in flavors like pizza and pretzel.

820 W Randolph St

Chicago, IL 60607

At Sugargoat Sweets, Stephanie Izard combines sweet and savory flavors in a Cheez-It crunch cake, chocolate french fry pie, and spiced pecan brown butter cookies drizzled with soy. Take it one step further by adding cheesy caramel ice cream.

2144 S Archer Ave unit a

Chicago, IL 60616

This French-Asian chain with five Chicago-area locations incorporates the flavors of both traditions: savory fillings like taro and red bean and kimchi, but always surrounded by lots and lots of butter.

2253 S Wentworth Ave

Chicago, IL 60616

One of Chicago’s most beloved Chinese bakeries sells buns and pastries in dozens of flavors, including barbecue pork and ham and green onion, plus classics like pork sung buns — where a thin layer of mayonnaise adhers pork to the top — and sesame pork cookies. There’s a second location on Argyle Street in Uptown.

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This Logan Square upstart boasts decadent tahini chocolate chip cookies. Customers can also find croissants with interesting fillings including Italian beef, plus galettes, savory rolls, and more.

3612 W Wrightwood Ave

Chicago, IL 60647

Hewn specializes in bread, but baker Ellen King has a sizable pastry operation as well, including cheesy gougeres and savory takes on brioche and croissants, including the Everything Croissant, sprinkled with everything bagel seasoning and filled with cheese.

1733 Central St

Evanston, IL 60201

For those who hate sweets first thing in the morning, Angel Chavez has created savory breakfast brioches that he sells at his virtual bakery that pops up at Bistro Campagne in Lincoln Square every Sunday. Sample feta and spinach or bacon, egg, and cheese.

4518 N Lincoln Ave

Chicago, IL 60625

The seasonal doughnuts and pastries at Brite change every week, but the lineup always includes at least one savory option. Past entries include an Everything croissant filled cream cheese bacon jam, Funyun croissant, and a hot dog bouquet stuffed with pieces of Viennas and topped with poppy seeds, relish, onions, tomatoes, sport peppers, and mustard.

2021 W Fulton St

Chicago, IL 60612

Taste some of Genie Kwon’s work and you’ll understand why Kasama now has a Michelin star. The pastry chef has been experimenting with savory flavors, including a decadent black truffle croissant and beautiful and unusual flaky danishes topped with things like serrano ham and raclette, fois gras, and salmon confit and cream cheese.

1001 N Winchester Ave

Chicago, IL 60622

Swedish bread is heavy and hearty, and some of that heartiness finds its way into Bobby Schaffer’s pastries, particularly the spelt chocolate chip cookies and seasonal danishes filled with cheese and vegetables. But also keep an eye out for tebirkes, a marzipan-flavored croissant covered with poppy seeds. There’s a second location in Wicker Park.

5318 N Clark St

Chicago, IL 60640

The team of bakers at Aya Pastry in West Town is always experimenting, and it seems like every week there’s some sort of new treat, like a corned beef and sauerkraut croissant or kimchi bacon breads, but customers can always count on the ham and cheese croissant and the cheesy scallion biscuit, which is at its best when served with a crispy fried egg.

1332 W Grand Ave

Chicago, IL 60642

Since reopening last fall after a remodel, Sandra Holl and her crew of bakers at Floriole have been experimenting with different kinds of pastry, including vegan, gluten free, and bake at home — and also savory. Though the selection varies from day to day, the team has perfected a ham and cheese croissant and a hearty buckwheat scone made with oats.

1220 W Webster Ave

Chicago, IL 60614

For its first 50 years, Bridgeport Bakery was a Polish bakery, and in many ways, it still is — it has one of the largest paczki selections in town — but since owner Can Lao took over in 2020, it’s added Chinese and Mexican items to its lengthy menu, including pork buns, as well as savory coffee cakes in flavors like pizza and pretzel.

2907 S Archer Ave

Chicago, IL 60608

At Sugargoat Sweets, Stephanie Izard combines sweet and savory flavors in a Cheez-It crunch cake, chocolate french fry pie, and spiced pecan brown butter cookies drizzled with soy. Take it one step further by adding cheesy caramel ice cream.

820 W Randolph St

Chicago, IL 60607

This French-Asian chain with five Chicago-area locations incorporates the flavors of both traditions: savory fillings like taro and red bean and kimchi, but always surrounded by lots and lots of butter.

2144 S Archer Ave unit a

Chicago, IL 60616

One of Chicago’s most beloved Chinese bakeries sells buns and pastries in dozens of flavors, including barbecue pork and ham and green onion, plus classics like pork sung buns — where a thin layer of mayonnaise adhers pork to the top — and sesame pork cookies. There’s a second location on Argyle Street in Uptown.

2253 S Wentworth Ave

Chicago, IL 60616

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