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

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.

By: Brent DiCrescenzo


Venue name: Hewn
Address: 810 Dempster St
Opening hours: Tu-Fri 7am-5pm, Sat-Sun 8am-1pm.
Transport: El: Purple to Dempster. Bus: 205.
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