Georgian @ Argo Georgian Bakery

This is how the University of Chicago describes the cash-only bakery:

"This tiny bakery is a gem. Go into the bare-bones space, walk up to the small counter, and you'll be greeted with several choices of puff pastries, both sweet and savory. There are pastries stuffed with mushrooms, potato, spinach, and apple-just to name a few. Their most popular item is hachapuri, a blend of mozzarella and feta cheeses wrapped in a delicious flaky dough. They're best right out of the oven, and they go quickly. So if you don't see any in the display case, don't worry. Just ask them, because there's probably another batch about to come out. Put in your order and walk around the block. They'll be warm and delicious when you get back."

Here is a review from the Chicago History Museum. The bakery seems to have earned the approval of people from Georgia (the country, not the state), so that's a good sign.

From the bakery's website:

"Argo bakery has been part of the diverse Chicago food scene for over 15 years. Providing its customers with fresh Georgian bread (lavash) from its unique oven, called a toné, for over 15 years. People from all over the Midwest travel to Argo to try a freshly baked hachapur, a puff pastry filled with three different types of cheeses.

"The Georgian culinary tradition is a celebration of the robust and joyous Georgian people and their fertile, radiant land. Georgian cuisine is filled with tempting dishes that reflect the diversity of the land, the generosity of the Georgian table, the influences of the generations of successive invaders, and centuries of traditions. At Argo bakery, with our team of top notch Georgian cooks, we try to bring that cuisine to the city of Chicago through our catering menu. We aim to show the transcendent flavors of Georgian food, which we know you will savor with great passion.

"Argo bakery has maintained an effort to bring staples of the Georgian cuisine to the Midwest and to create Georgian baked goods and dumplings (hinkali), in the same style they are made in Georgia. We are taking this effort and turning it towards catering Chicago with a full menu of Georgian dishes."

Note: This place is TINY (maybe 8-10 seats), so we'll simply get the pastries to go and explore the neighborhood on foot as we eat and perhaps make impromptu dinner plans. WEAR YOUR WALKING SHOES!

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    A former member

    Great meeting all of you! this was a very nice spot.

    April 7, 2013

  • ISCChicago

    I hope everyone enjoyed their pastries and a brief guide to Georgia.

    April 7, 2013

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