West Town Bakery and Diner - West Town

  • Veg-options Veg-options
    ( 3 reviews )

1916 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, Illinois, USA, 60622

Serves meat, vegan options available. Old school diner and bakery with a glass-walled kitchen where you could watch the kitchen. Has street-side cake building station. Vegan menu choices for sandwich, pancakes, waffles, granola; also could modify a few of the vegetarian items. Makes some vegan bakery goods. Prior to Aug 2012 was Bleeding Heart Bakery and Cafe (different ownership). Open Mon-Thu 7:00am-9:00pm, Fri-Sat 7:00am-10:00pm, Sun 7:00am-9:00pm.

Categories: Lacto, Ovo, American, Take-out, Bakery, Non-veg

3 Reviews

First Review by makemenervous

Go for the bakery, avoid the diner. - Edit

Decent selection of unmarked vegan baked goods (look for white labels as opposed to the beige labels). There are a few different vegan donut choices (usually chocolate with granola topping, chocolate with icing and sprinkles), several cake balls, trail mix scones, muffins (banana nut or chocolate), and often slices of fruit pie, brownies, and a few other options. Also find their a limited selection of their vegan baked goods at several local coffee shops (like Dark Matter and Star Lounge). The diner has a few vegan options, but the food is pretty bad, and with other great options close by should be avoided.

Pros: good bakery options

Cons: crummy diner

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It's ok.... - Edit

This place is just ok. There are not a lot of vegan options on the menu but they do have a vegan biscuits and gravy - which is just ok. They used to have hashbrowns but now they do home fries which is disappointing. Their selection of baked goods is really where they excel, their cake balls are fantastic but pricey so best to wait until they are half off on fridays (I think?)

Pros: Bakery items, Friendly staff, Good coffee

Cons: Not a lot of options, Food is ok, No changing table in women/mens rooms

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Go to the bakery, avoid the diner! - Edit

I work near here and never dropped in until recently. I was impressed with the selection of vegan baked goods. I walked in expecting a muffin and left knowing that there are at least a dozen options for me. Bagels, brownies, cake balls, donuts, cupcakes, muffins, cookies, etc.

I had the vanilla-chocolate donut and the banana nut muffin as well as some yummy Dark Matter coffee with soy milk.

I was ecstatic so see they serve a vegan soup of the day as well as grilled cheese, pancakes/waffles, and biscuits and gravy. I will be coming back for brunch sometime in the near future and I'll make sure to update when I do!

Protip: items with the white label are vegan (at least that's what I was told so certainly double-check!)

Updated from previous review on Saturday January 16, 2016

EDIT: I had to lower my rating after eating off their diner menu. I ordered the vegan loaded griddle cheese, my husband ordered the vegan biscuits and gravy, and we shared the vegan soup of the day. The soup was almost unbearably salty. My sandwich was inedible - it honestly tasted like melted plastic. Some of my fries had the flavor as well. I don't know if it was from the oil it was cooked in or what, but it was truly awful. The biscuits and gravy were ok, but nothing to write home about. They came with hash browns and a side of tofu marinated in soy sauce which were decent, but did not go with the meal at all. I honestly don't know how anyone in the kitchen could create these dishes and feel comfortable sending them out to the public. I'd have been less insulted with a salad-only option.

BAKERY - 4 stars
DINER - 0 stars

Pros: vegan-friendly, clearly labeled

Cons: diner food was inedible

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