Delightful Pastries: An Enjoyable Healthy Eating Experience in Chicago

Is it at all possible to combine the words “nutritious” and “bakery” into a single sentence? Believe it or not, it is!

Last week I was invited to attend a tasting at Delightful Pastries, a popular Chicago bakery located in the historic Old Town neighborhood on the city’s North Side. Although this bakery has been widely popular among health conscious folks in the Chicagoland area for over a decade, it was the very first time I’d ever dined there.

As a healthy foodie, I really didn’t know what to expect upon my arrival to the place. I just couldn’t fathom the possibility of consuming anything of nutritive value at a bakery. However, I was pleased to discover that Delightful Pastries uses premium ingredients in all their preparations in an effort to boost the overall nutritional quality of foods that would otherwise be quite unhealthy.

They offer a wide array of breads, croissants, pies, cakes, cookies, and savory items such as soups, sandwiches, salads and quiches, all of which are prepared fresh with all-natural, organic ingredients. Now, while no croissant or cookie will ever supply the nutritional benefits of say a sweet potato or an apple, Delightful Pastries makes it a whole lot easier to indulge in classic bakery-style comfort foods in a semi-guilt free way.

The Finest Ingredients Are Chosen for the Upmost Nutrition

Delightful Pastries isn’t some Dunkin Donut’s knockoff presenting a generic selection of chemically raised baked goods. It isn’t some overrated upscale bakery advertising ‘functional’ cookies and high-protein brownies either. You certainly won’t see a distribution truck packed with previously frozen, highly processed foods pulling up to their curb.

S Delightful Butternut Squash Soup Nina CherieDelightful Pastries is a family-owned and family-run business that has perfected the art of making incredibly delicious foods without using unnecessarily unhealthy amounts of refined sugar and salt. From their breakfast pastries to their breads to their incredibly delicious soups, every single ingredient in every dish on the Delightful Pastries’ menu is made from scratch using the finest and freshest ingredients.

No preservatives, no artificial flavors, and no commercially prepared products are used or added to any of their foods. Their croissants are made with all-natural butter, their savory meats and other delicacies are all free of chemicals, and the vast majority of their pastries are prepared with relatively low amounts of sugar. These are nutritional differences that you can actually taste!

The Menu Offerings Are Absolutely Delightful

On any given day, Delightful Pastries houses an almost endless supply of pastries including sweet breads, brownies, and muffins. You can also enjoy a gourmet sandwich, homemade soup or other savory items like their signature quiches, many of which are based on old family recipes. Their foods are all served in sensible portion sizes and all the ingredients in these foods are combined in such a way that creates an explosion of natural flavor. I’ve actually tried a little some of everything on the menu and no one dish tastes like another.

S Delightful Pierogi Nina CherieSince I’m more of a savory gal, I immediately fell in love with their soups especially the Butternut Squash made with a flavorful chicken paste. I’m also a new fan of “The Fusion” sandwich, which is a ‘Ceviche Style’ shrimp salad topped with mixed greens. The “Grandma Style” pierogies are phenomenal made fresh with caramelized onions and sour cream. The lad of the family, Rober Hawryszczuk, developed this recipe.

Let me also confess that I haven’t had an ounce of pork in well-over 10 years yet I couldn’t resist the urge to indulge in the “Three Piggly Wigglys” sandwich, which included high-quality Polish ham, crispy bacon, and a pan-fried pork cutlet laced with a fresh beet sauce. I have absolutely no regrets about that – The beets made me do it!

Delightful Lamb Pie Nina CherieAnd, let me not forget their incredible Spinach Lamb Pie prepared with locally produced, grass-fed lamb and fresh spinach, Swiss Cheese, béchamel sauce, and a homemade Tzatziki Sauce – I took a slice of this incredibly nutritious dish as a carryout for dinner. As advised by Dobra Hawryszczuk Bielinski who oversees and manages the spot, I topped my pie slice with a half of a cup of Greek yogurt, delish!

Delightful Mini Pastries Nina CherieNow, if you’re one who needs to cap off the savory with the sweet but you don’t have many calories to spare, Delightful Pastries offers over 20 varieties of incredibly tasty mini-pastries like Key Lime Pie, Italian Rainbow Cookies, German Chocolate Cake, Lemon Meringue Tarts, and assorted flavors of their signature Almond French Macarons. Since the mini-pastries are small in size with naturally intense sweetness, you can achieve maximum enjoyment with only a small portion. It’s all about moderation not elimination!

Delightful Pastries is a homegrown establishment that prides themselves on never compromising the quality and taste of their foods. Every item on their menu has been created in such a way that captures the incredible taste of traditional European cooking using high-quality local ingredients. They also offer numerous delectable sweet and savory options for vegans, vegetarians, and gluten-free eaters.

If you’re in the Chicagoland area and you haven’t tried Delightful Pastries, I highly recommend doing so. In addition to the Old Town location at 1710 North Wells Street, they have two locations in Chicago’s West Loop and in the Jefferson Park neighborhood. You can learn more about Delightful Pastries and all their menu options by visiting and be sure to “Like” them on Facebook.