West Town Bakery & Diner Debuts New Menus
By Sarah Freeman
November 15, 2013
Photo by: Nick Murway
West Town Bakery & Diner has been serving a menu of pseudo diner standards for years. Think omelets and pancakes that all stood second to the glistening display case of pastries. Nothing to write home about. However, the recent acquisition of executive chef Chris Curren and executive pastry chef Chris Teixeira to Fifty/50 Restaurant Group means the menu could finally reflect the punk rock diner's vibrant decor.
“Having split my childhood between the East Coast and Cleveland, we really wanted to capture the spirit of those kinds of dishes from classic diners while injecting Chicago style and substance into everything,” Curren said. “So we’ve completely overhauled the entire menu with that vision to make it a real diner while still being true to West Town’s core tenants of being as local, sustainable, green and organic as possible.”
Curren’s new menu devotes one page to breakfast and one page to lunch. In the morning, feast on corned beef hash made with house-cured corned beef, red potatoes, caramelized onions and chipotle hollandaise or a Chicago Stockyards omelet filled with country ham, Duroc pork belly, mushrooms and Wisconsin cheddar cheese. On the lunch side, find comforting bowls of matzo ball soup, overstuffed sandwiches and hearty entrees such as country-fried steak.
Also new to the menu is a beverage program featuring Dark Matter Coffee. The coffee can be enjoyed black or in one of the new coffee beverages such as a horchata latte and dirty chai latte. The dessert menu also expanded, featuring a boozy chocolate bourbon shake made with chocolate ice cream, devil’s food cake, bourbon, whipped cream and a candied cherry, as well as new cakes and pies in that same old display case.
The menu’s content not only got a makeover, but from a design standpoint, the physical menu got a new look too. Printed on cream paper, the retro red and black lettering has a nostalgic feel. Don’t just let us tell you about it; behold some of the dishes below and go try the new menu, available now for lunch and dinner in West Town.
1916 W. Chicago Ave.; 773-904-1414