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UpperCrust Bakery
Grilling out with UpperCrust's pretzel buns.

We now have one less reason to complain about the scarcity of a good old-fashioned deli lunch in Chicago.

UpperCrust Bakery has been supplying a growing list of area restaurants with its goods for close to a year, and it opened a retail shop on the Grand Avenue side of its building this spring.

We discovered the pleasures of this hidden gem when we were lured inside by the baking smells (and free parking) and found more on the menu than a marble rye worth fighting for

The three Greek sisters who own UpperCrust are turning out sandwiches like the toasted “Leftover,” a heavenly stack of Dietz & Watson turkey with Swiss cheese and cranberry mustard on just-baked cranberry-walnut bread ($5.50). There are also salads with house-made croutons ($7), breakfast sandwiches with fresh eggs ($3.50), parfaits of homemade Greek yogurt and drink specials like the recent vanilla-and-sage latte ($3). (UpperCrust serves local Metropolis coffee.)

If you’re planning a Father’s Day cookout this weekend, upgrade your feast with the bakery’s unique twisted sesame burger buns or pretzel wiener rolls. Your hot dogs won’t know what hit them.

UpperCrust Baking Company, 1332 W. Grand Ave.; 312-829-2000 or

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