Baker Miller: Milled With Love

March 4, 2015

Lincoln Square's Baker Miller is a self-proclaimed grain-centric sweet and savory bake house. The first in Chicago and run by husband/wife team Dave and Megan Miller. They mill all of their grains used in the bake house and also sell their own artisan flour and grains. Baker Miller has been getting a lot of buzz lately, and for good reason! I stopped by with the BF for Sunday brunch and the line was nearly out the door, despite the treacherous weather outside.

Baker Miller Chicago
Sunday Morning Crowd
At Baker Miller, you order at the counter and grab a seat. There's a seasonal brunch menu served all day and the bakery menu changes daily depending on the types of breads and pastries they decide to make. Once they're gone, they're gone! The day we stopped by we tried the sourdough cinnamon roll topped with raw sugar icing. The dough was heartier than your standard cinnamon roll.

Sourdough Cinnamon Roll
It's not hard to polish this thing off
We also purchased a half loaf of their sourdough bread which we brought home. However, we could have easily eaten the loaf there, especially with the help of the homemade spreads bar and our tableside toaster. I loved the assortment of jams including a raspberry mint and black tea variety, as well as butters including one made with Half Acre stout. The spreads are constantly changing so you're sure to find a new favorite. 

Spreads Bar
Tableside Toaster
For brunch the BF ordered the plowman's breakfast with daily sourdough bread, black pepper bacon sausage, dressed arugula, and a soft boiled egg. I'm pretty sure he ordered this just for the bread which he adorned with a variety of homemade butters. 

Plowman's Breakfast
I went with the grits topped with slow roasted giardiniera beef, pickled red cabbage, herb oil, and soft boiled egg. Holy moly was this delicious. First of all the portion was ginormous--I kept digging and digging and somehow there was an endless flow of house-milled grits. I love the tender and spicy beef with the pickled cabbage that added a nice neon pink pop of color. I'd definitely recommend this dish if you're a grits fan.

You can also reserve your meal or one of their seasonal homemade pies online 24 hours in advance or by phone. There's also an online store for buying flours, grits, oats, and popcorn. Additionally, you can find Baker Miller goods at a variety of local stores and soon, all Chicago-area Whole Foods stores.

I'm giving Baker Miller 4.5 ghosts out of 5 for their unique concept, fantastic and fresh food, and the love they put into every homemade item from breads and grits, to butters and jams.

Baker Miller
4610 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
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