Funny: Today is a day where I was craving a Sweet Mandy B day (meaning full-on shove down of every super sweet in sight) and I actually quelled that sweet tooth at Zephyr's (with a gigantic dessert brownie/ice cream called The Pyramid)...but then I come home to see one of my old Raving Dishes slung up on reelchicago. It's just crazy that my editor over there would choose this one from the archives today of all days. I guess Sweet Mandy B's is on everyones mind these days: Here is the yummy article.
There is nothing in the world like real desserts, made in a down-home kitchen and Sweet Mandy B’s at 1208 W. Webster is the happiest, warmest, most delicious old-fashioned comfort shop in Chicago.
It makes me feel like I am back on the mountain licking the pudding from the bowl with my nubby, little fingers.
The staff has the patience of a turtle. I mean, can you imagine hundreds of full-blown adults freaking out about cupcakes, snickerdoodle cookies, banana pudding cups, and mini-cheesecakes all day long?—and I’m right there with them.
I usually go for the moist chocolate and vanilla cupcakes with butter cream frosting—umm, it’s pretty easy to consume about a half dozen of these lovelies—and also the mini-melt-in-your-mouth cheesecakes with fresh blueberries. Both are insanely lush and make any other fancy desserts (sorry, Tru) seem like the small time, merely peanuts.
On top of all the cakes being the fluffiest ever—I recommend the decadent chocolate layer cake—the cookies are big, chewy and soft and I guess I can’t rave enough about the dense coconut cream pie. (My sweets buddy, Lisa, and I have been known to eat the entire mini-pie in-house.)
The cake plate whoopee pies are full of creamy joy and the coconut macaroons taste like they are straight out of a Parisian bakery. And the fruit pies that cover the counter top are usually still bubbling if you get there early enough in the day. Sheer bliss.
In the end, there is nothing in this spot that is to be missed. Cakes, cookies, pies, candies, and puddings are what make the world go round (well, they should be) and in Chicago, the epicenter is Sweet Mandy B’s.
THE FINAL RAVE: Once you taste a lone cupcake, there is no going back. You have been warned.
READ IT: Borders, 2817 N. Clark St. Check out Pillsbury: Best Desserts…it simply doesn’t get any better than this old-style cookbook.
EAT IT: Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop, 118 E. Pearson St. I usually skip the mayhem of Michigan Ave. but this little gem ‘round the corner from Borders dishes up jaw dropping ice cream sundaes, all with a pretty red cherry on top.
DRINK IT: Hot Chocolate, 1747 N. Damen Ave. There’s nothing more appealing than a dessert restaurant that serves flights of sweets and creamy drinks. Try the hot chocolate variety, its’ well worth the hefty price tag.
GET CRAZY WITH IT: Kendall College, 900 N. Branch St. One of the premiere cooking schools in the country, this college has recently revamped its image, gone a little more hip and now offers recreational classes for the maybe-I-wanna-be-chef type.