Located right under the Thorndale Red Line station, this place would seem like a natural spot for locals to stop in for a muffin and some coffee. And you can do that if you want to, though be warned: The muffin selection is limited. But to get the most of a visit here, you’ll want to focus on its specialty: Chinese baked buns. The golden dough is shaped around luscious barbecue pork and chicken, or sometimes twisted with layers of sweet, red bean paste inside. After one of those, muffins will no longer be on your mind.
1136 W Thorndale Ave
|Cross street:||between Broadway and Winthrop Ave|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Sat 7am–7pm; Sun 10am–5pm|
|Transport:||El stop: Red to Thorndale. Bus: 36, 147.|
|Price:||Average baked good: $2|