Best bakery you've never heard of

Pastel Bakery

4814 S. Pulaski
773-523-5595

pastelcakesandmore.com

The perfect way to end a meal of the city's best birria—at West Lawn's Birrieria Zaragoza (4852 S. Pulaski, 773-523-3700)—is to walk a few doors south to pick up a box of Mexican wedding cookies from Pastel Bakery. Inside the humble storefront you'll find a classically trained pastry chef who crafts buttery cookies along with an array of cakes, tarts and Mexican specialties. Goat fetishists can complete their all-goat meal with goat's milk flan. — Kristina Meyer