Panes Bread Cafe

Restaurants, Cafés Lake View
5 out of 5 stars
(2user reviews)
Photograph: Maddie Blecha Panes Bread Cafe

Race through the housemade cream of tomato soup, flanked with sweet, housebaked white bread. Plow through that merely serviceable salad. And if you can’t bring yourself to rush through the Oaxacan pork sandwich—and we wouldn’t blame you, as it’s a great sandwich, the pork and caramelized onions marrying in perfect harmony—consider taking half of it to go and savoring it at home. Because the real reason to come here is dessert—big cookies overstuffed with chocolate; luscious peanut-butter truffles—and you’re going to want to get to it as soon as you can.


Venue name: Panes Bread Cafe
Address: 3002 N Sheffield Ave
Cross street: between Wellington Ave and Nelson St
Opening hours: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Transport: El stop: Brown, Purple (rush hrs), Red to Belmont. Bus: 8, 22, 77.
Price: Average main course: $6
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4.5 / 5

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I cannot get enough of this place! I'm here weekly, and have to exercise extreme self-control to not go in more! Everything is fresh and delicious!


I've heard this rated one of the top five cheap eats in Chicago and I understand why. Everything is cooked fresh and homemade. The restaurant is charming and quaint. I've only ever ordered sandwiches and pastas, but been consistently happy with my selection.

It's certainly a comforting place to go for very comforting feel-good food. They always have the day's specials listed on the wall and I have never been disappointed with anything off the daily menu or the regular menu for that matter. I'm also a little reluctant to recommend the sweet french bread loaves that are baked fresh everyday since they are always out of them by the time I get there to pick one up, but they are addictive.

Just be sure to have cash in your pocket because they do not take credit cards.