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Where to Find Chicago’s Best Takes on Pop Tarts

With farmers’-market-inspired fillings, vegan dough, and savory options, the toaster pastry you grew up eating has grown up, too. Here are the city’s top Pops.

Fritz Pastry pop tart
VEGAN

Fritz Pastry

Photos: Anna Knott

All the fun with 100 percent fewer animal byproducts (thanks to margarine), this overstuffed version comes closest to mimicking the real deal. The supersweet PB&J flavor—with a glob of creamy peanut butter, strawberry jam, and vanilla bean glaze—is utterly lunchbox-worthy. 1408 W. Diversey Pkwy., 773-857-2989

 

2 Sparrows pop tart
SAVORY

2 Sparrows

If your teeth ache at the mere thought of a jam-filled, sugar-topped pastry, look to this savory Greek-ish version for relief. It’s stuffed with chopped spinach and feta and encased by a golden shell that glimmers with butter. It’s spanakopita in a Pop-Tart’s clothing. 553 W. Diversey Pkwy., 773-234-2320

 

Interurban Cafe & Pastry Shop pop tart
BEST

Interurban Cafe & Pastry Shop

Available in four flavors—the tastiest on a recent visit was vanilla-glazed strawberry—these slim vessels pack chunky preserves inside a wonderfully flaky pastry. The best part? The imperfect lumpy shape and candy-colored icing speak directly to your inner eight-year-old. 2008 N. Halsted St., 773-698-7739

 

Dusek’s pop tart
REFINED

Dusek’s

A brunch menu sleeper, this snack is a balanced combo of tangy raspberry jam and deep, dark Valrhona Manjari chocolate that works as both starter and dessert. A dome of crisp, airy pastry forgoes frosting or glaze in favor of pale sugar crystals. Glamorous? No. Adroitly executed? Absolutely. 1227 W. 18th St., 312-526-3851

 

Southport Grocery and Cafe pop tart
SEASONAL

Southport Grocery and Cafe

This menu staple is a loose interpretation at best. A pancake-like wrap envelops seasonal housemade preserves (currently strawberry-rhubarb), oozy mascarpone, and vanilla-scented roasted walnuts. Dubbed the Grown-Up Pop Tart, it sure ain’t suitable for a kiddo’s taste buds. 3552 N. Southport Ave., 773-665-0100

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