3455 Dempster Street, Skokie, IL 60076
Maria’s bakery is a bit of an oddity. As the name suggests, they sell a variety of ethnic Romanian sweets and desserts. Their amandine are to die for. The langosi (deep fried dough served with sour cream and garlic) are very tasty. They offer a variety of delicious donuts, cheese danishes (branzoaice) and more. Unfortunately, the savarines are pretty horrible (weird syrup that is too strong and unsavory) but, by and large, their selection of Romanian desserts is unparalleled in the city.
Maria’s Bakery also has a secret menu of the day. Romanians often stop here for good ciorba de burta (tripe soup, $20/ liter) or sarmale (stuffed cabbage,$1 each). Other daily seasonal meals are available from time to time, but it’s best to call ahead the day of your visit to learn what’s on the menu. Maria’s bakery offers a variety of other soups in addition to ciorba de burta.
Most days, there is a good chance you can find cozonac (walnut roll) or, if you give them a call, they’ll make it as a special order. Especially after Little Bucharest shut down in May 2020, Maria’s Bakery is one of the best bets to satisfy your cravings for Romanian food on a whim. But honestly, if you can wait a few days, definitely go with Transilvanya Inc – their food is superior to Maria’s Bakery in every single way, in my humble opinion.
You can check out their Facebook page for an up to date menu of the day here.