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Hewn

Evanston bakery Hewn is one of the best in the Chicago area.
Evanston

As befits the name, Hewn looks like a rustic wood shop inside, but the delectable browned breads coming out of the ovens are the furthest thing from sawdust. The crispy-soft round loaves come studded with olives, pumpkin seeds, Gruyere, walnut, heirloom potatoes, Parmesan, etc. The epi bread, a baguette shaped like a wheat stalk, is as adorable as it is shareable. Head baker, co-owner and backyard chicken aficionado Ellen King specializes in the country baking found in Brittany, France. The means wonderfully caramelized kouign-amann (that’s “butter cake” in Breton) in cupcake form, not to mention many variations of brioche. The bakery puts out sandwiches on weekdays, but head up on a Friday for the flatbread. Toppings like tart goat cheese, golden peppers and candy-sweet onions sit atop a perfect crust. One day a week, this is the best pizza joint in Evanston.

Venue name: Hewn
Address: 810 Dempster St
Evanston

Venue phone: 847-869-4396
Website: http://hewnbread.com/
Opening hours: Tu-Fri 7am-5pm, Sat-Sun 8am-1pm.
Transport: El: Purple to Dempster. Bus: 205.
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