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Photograph: Martha WiliiamsJonathan Ory of Bad Wolf Coffee is a Time Out Chicago's Best Awards Critics' Pick.

Best Second Act in Food


Jonathan Ory, Bad Wolf Coffee
Jonathan Ory has one of the best resumes in Chicago: He’s worked at Schwa and Momofuku Ko in New York—and now he’s baking the best pastry around at Bad Wolf Coffee, his no-frills coffee shop. There aren’t any chairs, and everyone huddles around the register snacking on flaky kouign-amann, spicy pumpkin raisin madeleines and custardy canelés, which have a caramelized edge. There’s no food menu, either, so order a macchiato and ask Ory what’s on the trays—he’s always behind the counter.

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