Bunny, The Micro Bakery sells delicious, homemade baked goods out of a cozy storefront nestled in the East Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago. I found out about this little gem from my good friend Rosemary, who was also hooked after she had thick, toasted brioche smothered in butter and jam her first time there. Yeah…yum! So I figured she would be the perfect person to accompany me.
After walking into the narrow storefront I took my place at the end of the line, to the left there’s a white hutch against the wall decorated with knick knacks and fixings for coffee. To the right of the hutch the day’s menu hangs on the wall, written in sharpie on brown butcher paper.
As I wait for Rosemary, I peruse the menu while half listening to a woman behind the counter list the fresh loaves to another customer. There are a lot of selections for such a small place, especially considering they also use seasonal ingredients.
I decide what I’m getting, the salmon poke: raw salmon marinated in soy with cucumbers on seaweed sourdough, topped with an egg yolk.
I order my meal along with a coffee that’s served to me in an adorable owl mug, and then I see Rosemary walk in. I move to the end of the line by her and notice she is looking over my shoulder. She says my name once, gesturing for me to look. I turn around and see Jason Biggs thanking the woman behind the counter before he walks out with a large brown bag filled with fresh baked goods. Of course after that I felt like I was in a VERY cool place.
Trying to recover from my starstruck moment, I help Rosemary search for what to get. She spots the “Toad in the Hole” and is sold. It’s right up her alley with grass fed beef tartare, capers, garlic aioli and an egg on top of fresh toast.
We take a seat at one of the two brown picnic tables along the wall and anxiously wait for our food. The long tables provide a good amount of seating for the tiny space. I’m excited as soon as I see my salmon poke centered on a chipped blue plate. I break the yolk with my fork and cut off a big bite. It’s salty, refreshing, sweet and creamy all in one. The seaweed sourdough is crunchy and hearty. The two of us sit for a long while, talking and enjoying our meals. The couple next to us is eating a whopping dish with fried chicken on top that smells amazing.
This is the perfect place to stop in if you’re looking to bring a fresh loaf of bread home or a quick cup of coffee. However, I’d recommend taking some time to enjoy the charm and quality eats that Bunny has to offer.