Pleasant House Bakery Brings Savory Pies to Chicago

SINGLED OUT: The Bridgeport BYO features a homey menu of pies and pastries

Beef pies from Pleasant House Bakery

Brits have noshed on them for eons, but savory pies have yet to hit their stride stateside. Art Jackson, a dual citizen of the United States and England, whose cooking was inspired by his European grandmother, is poised to win over Chicago with Pleasant House Bakery, his counter- and full-service spot in Bridgeport. Jackson, the former Bijan’s Bistro chef, and his wife, Chelsea, plan to open with a homey menu of pies and pasties—such as a pie made with Goose Island beer, local beef, and sliced carrots in a flaky, herb-flecked crust—and salads and sides touting mustard, tatsoi, and bok choy from the Jacksons’ urban farm. Diners at the BYO bakery can carry in suds from Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar next door or take their food to Maria’s. “Our food and their beers go really well together,” says Art. “This is a great concept to do something simple, and there’s an opportunity to do a lot of other things around it.” Blimey, it’s about time. 964 W. 31st St.




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