Bang Bang Pie Shop: A slice of heaven in Logan Square

Go for the pies and stay for the biscuits at Bang Bang Pie Shop, located at 2051 N. California Ave.

Welcome to Bang Bang Pie Shop!

Husband-wife team Dave and Megan Miller created a business that reflects recipes passed down from Megan’s family, which are sweet and homey. As you enter Bang Bang you’ll notice the staff rolling dough in the open kitchen, parents pushing baby strollers into the shop, and couples having conversations over a slice of pie.

Everything inside Bang Bang Pie Shop is made from scratch – from the biscuits and pies that come piping hot from the oven to the fresh roasted coffee brewed daily. (Tip: If you’re a coffee addict like me, buy a 12-ounce bag of Bang Bang Magic Beans!). Though Bang Bang may not have a large menu, it’s the details that make the dining experience so special.

Bang Bang Pie Shop Menu

Bang Bang Pie Shop Menu…short, yet affordable!

Coffee Station

Stop by the coffee station for Bang Bang Magic Beans!

Order a biscuit and head to the topping bar. You’ll find a variety of homemade butters and jams to accent your biscuit. (Tip: Try the biscuit with black pepper honey butter and blueberry lavender jam. Or, add chive butter to the ham biscuit. Trust me, these combos work!). Bang Bang also serves biscuits and gravy, but only on weekends.

Biscuit

Biscuit with black pepper honey butter and blueberry lavender jam

Biscuit Topping Bar

Biscuit Topping Bar

Candied Bacon

Sweet & Savory: Get a side of candied bacon to go with your biscuit!

Of course Bang Bang’s specialty is the pie! And there are different pies to satisfy all sugar cravings – cream pies, custard pies, fruit pies, and chocolate pies. During a recent trip, my party tried the honey pie and chocolate peanut butter banana pie and they were TO-DIE-FOR…just look at the photos below! We wanted to sample the blueberry pie as well, but it sold out. (Tip: Arrive at the shop early or pre-order a whole pie to ensure you get your favorite flavor!).

Bang Bang Pies

Bang Bang Pies: Honey Pie (left), Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Pie (right)

Aside from the nosh, Bang Bang serves up a theater experience. Check out Speakeasy, a Prohibition themed murder-mystery where you could be the prime suspect. It’s BYOB and all players receive a slice of pie. Click here, to reserve your spot for Speakeasy at Bang Bang Pie Shop on Saturday, July 7, 2012.

Flyer for "Speakeasy"

“Speakeasy” (live theater with a slice of pie)

Bang Bang is open Tuesday through Friday 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and Sunday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Dig into Bang Bang Pie Shop today (except on Mondays when it’s closed)!

Other tips about the area:

  • You don’t have to travel far to reach 90 Miles Cuban Café (2540 W. Armitage Ave.). Enjoy a traditional Cuban meal with a side of white rice, black beans, and plantains. (Tip: Look out for the daily specials, especially the picadillo. It’s a must-try dish!). The restaurant is also BYOB! If you bring rum or wine, the staff will mix you mojitos or sangria!!!
  • Be a locavore and drink a beer at Revolution Brewing (2323 N. Milwaukee Ave.), one of Chicago’s craft breweries. Pair the Anti-Hero IPA with a hand-tossed pizza. (Tip: Ladies, it’s a great place to impress a guy on a first or second date!).

‘F’ is for Fun Festivals in Chicago

Mark your calendars...it's festival season!

Though festival season has already kicked off in Chicago – SausageFest, Ribfest, Green Music Fest, and Gay Pride Weekend – the city really gets into full swing come July. Festivals are a great way to explore other neighborhoods, scope out the music scene, and eat delicious food from various local restaurants. So I’m providing you with a full list of fun this summer. (Tip: Check deal sites like Groupon for special festival discounts!). Trust me, you won’t be bored…

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Adagio Teas: Take afternoon tea in Downtown Chicago

Ditch the doilies and flowery porcelain teapots, and travel to Adagio Teas for a 21st century tea experience, located at 617 N. State St.

Welcome to Adagio Teas!

Welcome to Adagio Teas!

Adagio began as an online tea store headquartered in Clifton, New Jersey. Although Adagio made a healthy profit during its first decade, the company chose to expand its business from the Internet to the streets. It would have been easy to set up shop in New Jersey or New York, but Adagio Teas selected 3 cities in Illinois – first Naperville, then Skokie, and finally Chicago. (Tip: Don’t forget to bring your Belly Card! Earn 15 points and grab a tea to go!).

What sets Adagio apart from other modern teashops is its variety of teas, tea snacks, and tea wares. (Tip: Enjoy a perfect cup of tea with the Tasting Set. For $9 bucks you can sip tea like the professionals every day!). Adagio carries more than a hundred teas varying from the traditional English Breakfast Tea to Jasmine Phoenix Pearls, sold in loose-leaf form and teabags. The store also has a long tea bar for you to sample its unique tea blends. Some are simply fruity, while others have healing/cleansing components. Try the Happy Belly to settle your stomach or the Sleepy Brew to have sweet dreams.

Tea wares sold at Adagio Teas

Tea wares sold at Adagio Teas

The staff members at Adagio are tea experts, which is why you’d want to take tea lessons at the store Tuesday or Thursday night. (Tip: Visit the Adagio Teas Chicago website for Groupon deals. Book a class at a fraction of the cost!). Learn how to properly brew tea, cook with tea, and combine different teas. Not only will you gain all this knowledge about tea, but you will go home with complimentary packets of tea and tasty treats.

Tea sampler from Adagio Teas

Tea sampler from Adagio Teas

Step inside the Adagio Teas store today! (Tip: Now that it’s summertime, check out Adagio’s special Iced Tea Set!).

Adagio Teas is open Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., and Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

This is a video featuring the Adagio Teas store in Naperville, IL. The location on State Street doesn’t have the exact same layout, but it does give you an idea of the Adagio experience.

Other tips about the area:

  • If you prefer shabby chic interiors, walk to P.O.S.H. Chicago (613 N. State St.) to decorate your home with “one of a kind” wares. Pick up vintage coronation plates from England, 1950s American diner mugs, or Parisian perfume bottles.
  • Toast to a special occasion or just for the heck of it at Pops for Champagne (601 N. State St.). Pops has an abundance of champagne and sparkling wines, as well as small bites like cheese and charcuterie. If you want to be a tad adventurous, try a champagne cocktail. I fully recommend ordering La Vie en Rose, which contains elderflower liqueur, sugar cube, Peychaud’s, and brut champagne.
  • Imagine taking your favorite childhood food and elevating it. That’s exactly what Chef Graham Elliot did when he created Grahamwich (615 N. State St.). It’s a restaurant that serves fun food, such as grilled cheese with tomato marmalade, truffled popcorn, and cinnamon stick soft serve.

A loyalty program that will make your Belly happy!

Get a belly full of rewards with the Belly Card! You must be thinking, “What makes Belly so different from other loyalty programs like Foursquare? What’s in it for me?” Well, here’s a video that will explain…

 

As you can see, the process is simple! Each time you scan your Belly Card or Belly App at your favorite restaurant, shop, etc. you rack up 5 points for that location. (Tip: If you forget your Belly Card at home or can’t access the Belly App from your smartphone, don’t panic! Just type in your e-mail address on the iPad!).

These are a few examples of what you could earn with your Belly points:

By joining Belly you’ll not only support local businesses, but a local company. Like Groupon and GrubHub, Belly started right here in Chicago!

Follow Flop the Belly Dog and grab a Belly Card today! (Tip: Use your Belly Card during the Do-Division Street Fest this weekend to earn double Belly points!).

Look for the Belly iPad at your favorite places!

Belly Card and Belly App

Easy process: Scan the Belly Card (left) or Belly App (right) to the iPad!