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    Post #1 - August 19th, 2010, 10:17 am
    Post #1 - August 19th, 2010, 10:17 am Post #1 - August 19th, 2010, 10:17 am
    LTH,

    Old School bakery with Italian leanings House of Cakes is right at the tip-top of Chicago proper, just before the city falls off the edge into the suburbs.

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    Before I get too far I should point out my wife turned me on the HoC she loves, and I do mean loves, the Cheese Sticks. Crisp flaky crunchy crust, slightly sweet filling, I'm guessing it is the same filling used for cannoli, lightly dusted with powdered sugar. I ate one in the car and immediately went back in the shop and bought more. Brought them to a friends house and had an email asking where I bought them before I got home.

    My picture does not do the Cheese Sticks justice.

    House of Cakes Cheese Stick

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    Bakery style pizza, olive oil heavy slightly doughy crust, I like this style, but its not for everyone. Enjoyed the small round artichoke pizza, which was consumed room temp a few hours after purchase.

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    House of Cakes Artichoke Pizza

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    Donuts, coffee cakes, cookies etc all available. Get the Cheese Sticks!

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    Italian bread a bit bland, what RevrendAndy calls white bread with good crust, toasted it made a decent foil for nudja with pickled red onions.

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    House of Cakes cheese sticks are worth a trek to the far reaches of the city, pick up a pizza, maybe a donut or two, but oh those Cheese Sticks

    Enjoy,
    Gary

    House of Cakes
    6189 N Canfield Rd
    Chicago, IL 60631
    773-774-0440
    Hold my beer . . .

    Low & Slow
  • Post #2 - August 19th, 2010, 10:20 am
    Post #2 - August 19th, 2010, 10:20 am Post #2 - August 19th, 2010, 10:20 am
    I was at Tenuta's in Kenosha the other day and they also were selling cheese sticks in two flavors; cinnamon and raspberry. I got a couple to snack on for the ride home and they were great. What's going on here? Are cheese sticks the new cupcake?
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #3 - August 19th, 2010, 10:32 am
    Post #3 - August 19th, 2010, 10:32 am Post #3 - August 19th, 2010, 10:32 am
    I could have sworn I posted about House of Cakes cheese sticks. Must be another post that got stuck in my brain. :roll: I was at my hair salon a couple of months ago and was looking for ideas of something to take to a party. My stylist raved about HofC's cheese sticks. Another customer chimed in and off I went to the northwest side. They did not disappoint me or the party guests. House of Cake's was doing a booming business that day with a steady line of customers picking up pre-ordered cakes and walk-ins like me. I made the mistake of not seeing the "get a number" machine so I got to enjoy the ambience a little longer. Not only were the cheese sticks great, but I loved that House of Cakes gives teenagers a place to work. I saw only one person who looked older than 18 behind the counter.
    -Mary
  • Post #4 - August 19th, 2010, 11:47 am
    Post #4 - August 19th, 2010, 11:47 am Post #4 - August 19th, 2010, 11:47 am
    Gary,

    Those cheese sticks are truly fantastic - perfectly crisp, flaky and with a wonderful and not too sweet cheese filling. I try to stay away from them a bit because I'm certain they're not too good for my health and I have a bad habit of eating them as if they're pretzel rods . . . one after the other, unable to resist. I think the filling is more of the typical sweetened cheese filling found in coffeecakes, and thicker than you might find in a cannoli (I also suspect an absence of ricotta and citrus, but I'm not positive).

    I have not yet tried their pizza, however. But it always looks so good and I need to try it one of these days. It's about time someone devoted a post to HOC's cheese sticks.
  • Post #5 - August 20th, 2010, 7:07 am
    Post #5 - August 20th, 2010, 7:07 am Post #5 - August 20th, 2010, 7:07 am
    Oh House of Cakes pizza...how I long for thee. It has been a few years since I have had a HoC pizza at room temp. I believe I will have to course correct my errand route today to allow for a stop at HoC to pick up tonights dinner.
  • Post #6 - August 20th, 2010, 8:12 am
    Post #6 - August 20th, 2010, 8:12 am Post #6 - August 20th, 2010, 8:12 am
    stevez wrote:What's going on here? Are cheese sticks the new cupcake?
    One can only hope!
    Hold my beer . . .

    Low & Slow
  • Post #7 - August 20th, 2010, 3:42 pm
    Post #7 - August 20th, 2010, 3:42 pm Post #7 - August 20th, 2010, 3:42 pm
    These remind me of something we called "cheese flakies" from a downtown bakery long gone. Maybe it was on Madison. During the busy accounting closes downtown we were always sure to send a staff accountant over to get some. Anybody remember those?
    Coming to you from Leiper's Fork, TN where we prefer forking to spooning.
  • Post #8 - August 20th, 2010, 3:45 pm
    Post #8 - August 20th, 2010, 3:45 pm Post #8 - August 20th, 2010, 3:45 pm
    So... how are the cakes? I have birthday season comin' up here, c'mon!
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  • Post #9 - August 20th, 2010, 7:16 pm
    Post #9 - August 20th, 2010, 7:16 pm Post #9 - August 20th, 2010, 7:16 pm
    Mike G wrote:So... how are the cakes? I have birthday season comin' up here, c'mon!


    Stick with the cheese sticks...which has been a pastry staple of ours for years. I actually did a short stint cleaning pans and floors here exactly 40 years ago, for a prior owner, who had a substantial airline food service business and no cheese sticks.
  • Post #10 - August 22nd, 2010, 11:46 am
    Post #10 - August 22nd, 2010, 11:46 am Post #10 - August 22nd, 2010, 11:46 am
    What T Comp said. Extended family members get cakes here for special occasions. Highly meh. Believe their cannoli were reviewed during the cannoli-off. Also meh.

    Pizza bread? Meh.

    Not to doubt our fearless leader on the quality of the cheese sticks . . . .

    Giovanna
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    "Enjoy every sandwich."

    -Warren Zevon
  • Post #11 - August 22nd, 2010, 11:08 pm
    Post #11 - August 22nd, 2010, 11:08 pm Post #11 - August 22nd, 2010, 11:08 pm
    G Wiv wrote:Before I get too far I should point out my wife turned me on the HoC she loves, and I do mean loves, the Cheese Sticks. Crisp flaky crunchy crust, slightly sweet filling, I'm guessing it is the same filling used for cannoli, lightly dusted with powdered sugar. I ate one in the car and immediately went back in the shop and bought more. Brought them to a friends house and had an email asking where I bought them before I got home.

    Being the friend in question, it was wonderful to receive a delivery of goodies while being laid up. The cheese sticks were indeed delicious -- light, crispy, rich and not overly sweet -- and everyone who tried the box Gary brought by said as much. My one concern with them is the fact even today, days after Gary brought them by, they are still very crispy, which suggests to me that they are made with something other than whole butter. And I could be wrong about this but my experience is that whole butter pastry does not hold up so well after several days. This may or may not bode well as it pertains to their other confections.

    I thought the artichoke pizza bread was good. Otoh, the white bread was just ok. Gary brought over some nduja (from Chris Cosentino's Boccalone) and homemade pickled red onions, which I felt both far outshined the bread. It just wasn't a worthy base for the superior level of these toppings. Still, I really appreciated the care package and company, both of which brightened my day immensely.

    =R=
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    Every human interaction is an opportunity for disappointment --RS

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

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  • Post #12 - September 15th, 2020, 2:33 pm
    Post #12 - September 15th, 2020, 2:33 pm Post #12 - September 15th, 2020, 2:33 pm
    Resurrecting the dead (topics). Headed home from the West suburbs over the weekend and decided to visit House of Cakes after a long break. Line had formed outside (only 5 customers inside at a time). Cheese sticks still hitting it out of the park and took a half sheet pizza for afternoon snacking (reminded me of my youth). Nice to see that some things don't change.
  • Post #13 - September 15th, 2020, 3:39 pm
    Post #13 - September 15th, 2020, 3:39 pm Post #13 - September 15th, 2020, 3:39 pm
    spinynorman99 wrote:Resurrecting the dead (topics). Headed home from the West suburbs over the weekend and decided to visit House of Cakes after a long break. Line had formed outside (only 5 customers inside at a time). Cheese sticks still hitting it out of the park and took a half sheet pizza for afternoon snacking (reminded me of my youth). Nice to see that some things don't change.

    Now I want cheese sticks.
    -Mary
  • Post #14 - September 15th, 2020, 3:41 pm
    Post #14 - September 15th, 2020, 3:41 pm Post #14 - September 15th, 2020, 3:41 pm
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  • Post #15 - September 16th, 2020, 9:44 am
    Post #15 - September 16th, 2020, 9:44 am Post #15 - September 16th, 2020, 9:44 am
    Rick T. wrote:These remind me of something we called "cheese flakies" from a downtown bakery long gone. Maybe it was on Madison. During the busy accounting closes downtown we were always sure to send a staff accountant over to get some. Anybody remember those?


    I'm 10 years too late, but pretty sure it was Davidson's. Also home to the best banana cake ever made. Banana cake/banana buttercream and covered in chocolate sprinkles.
  • Post #16 - September 17th, 2020, 1:48 pm
    Post #16 - September 17th, 2020, 1:48 pm Post #16 - September 17th, 2020, 1:48 pm
    spinynorman99 wrote:Resurrecting the dead (topics). Headed home from the West suburbs over the weekend and decided to visit House of Cakes after a long break. Line had formed outside (only 5 customers inside at a time). Cheese sticks still hitting it out of the park and took a half sheet pizza for afternoon snacking (reminded me of my youth). Nice to see that some things don't change.



    Thank you b/c I never heard of this thread or HoC until now!

    It looks glorious.
    Ava-"If you get down and out, just get in the kitchen and bake a cake."- Jean Strickland

    Horto In Urbs- Falling in love with Urban Vegetable Gardening
  • Post #17 - September 17th, 2020, 2:26 pm
    Post #17 - September 17th, 2020, 2:26 pm Post #17 - September 17th, 2020, 2:26 pm
    pairs4life wrote:
    spinynorman99 wrote:Resurrecting the dead (topics). Headed home from the West suburbs over the weekend and decided to visit House of Cakes after a long break. Line had formed outside (only 5 customers inside at a time). Cheese sticks still hitting it out of the park and took a half sheet pizza for afternoon snacking (reminded me of my youth). Nice to see that some things don't change.



    Thank you b/c I never heard of this thread or HoC until now!

    It looks glorious.

    The cheesesticks contain gelatin. That was a deal-breaker for a strict vegetarian I work with.

    =R=
    By protecting others, you save yourself. If you only think of yourself, you'll only destroy yourself. --Kambei Shimada

    Every human interaction is an opportunity for disappointment --RS

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #18 - September 17th, 2020, 4:14 pm
    Post #18 - September 17th, 2020, 4:14 pm Post #18 - September 17th, 2020, 4:14 pm
    ronnie_suburban wrote:The cheesesticks contain gelatin. That was a deal-breaker for a strict vegetarian I work with.

    Did you check what type gelatin they used? (Probably, but just making sure)

    Also, HoC is still deep in my rotation, cheese sticks, glorious cheese sticks for sure. Chocolate donuts, bread, all manner of baked goods. HoC is tip-top in my opinion.

    HoC, count me a Fan!
    Hold my beer . . .

    Low & Slow
  • Post #19 - September 17th, 2020, 6:26 pm
    Post #19 - September 17th, 2020, 6:26 pm Post #19 - September 17th, 2020, 6:26 pm
    G Wiv wrote:
    ronnie_suburban wrote:The cheesesticks contain gelatin. That was a deal-breaker for a strict vegetarian I work with.

    Did you check what type gelatin they used? (Probably, but just making sure)

    I did not but I called HoC before I posted and during a very pleasant conversation, the person with whom I spoke told me that the gelatin is often a problem for vegetarians.

    =R=
    By protecting others, you save yourself. If you only think of yourself, you'll only destroy yourself. --Kambei Shimada

    Every human interaction is an opportunity for disappointment --RS

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #20 - September 17th, 2020, 11:49 pm
    Post #20 - September 17th, 2020, 11:49 pm Post #20 - September 17th, 2020, 11:49 pm
    ronnie_suburban wrote:
    pairs4life wrote:
    spinynorman99 wrote:Resurrecting the dead (topics). Headed home from the West suburbs over the weekend and decided to visit House of Cakes after a long break. Line had formed outside (only 5 customers inside at a time). Cheese sticks still hitting it out of the park and took a half sheet pizza for afternoon snacking (reminded me of my youth). Nice to see that some things don't change.



    Thank you b/c I never heard of this thread or HoC until now!

    It looks glorious.

    The cheesesticks contain gelatin. That was a deal-breaker for a strict vegetarian I work with.

    =R=


    Thank you for the head's up.
    Ava-"If you get down and out, just get in the kitchen and bake a cake."- Jean Strickland

    Horto In Urbs- Falling in love with Urban Vegetable Gardening

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