Looking like the sort of place Jack Tripper might stumble into on the way home from the Regal Beagle, Cookie Bar is a paean to the 1970s with Donna Summer on the stereo and the disco ball motif. Why merge cookies and the 1970s? Why not? I happened upon Cookie Bar a couple of years ago when I was walking up Lincoln, and my vegan radar started going off. (You have one of those, too, right?) I stopped in and they had two kinds of vegan cookies, Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal Chile Mango Macadamia, as well as ice cream sandwiches with mango sorbet or vegan cinnamon gelato. Wow! The guy behind the counter was friendly and very helpful, too. Sadly, I cannot eat wheat, but I picked some up for my guys at home and they loved them; my son said that they were “almost” as good as mine. Cookie Bar also has dairy-free hot chocolate shots I have not tried yet but will be calling my name next time.
I recently learned that a shop has “popped up” inside Cookie Bar called Dirty Betty’s, which sells doughnuts, including gluten-free vegan ones in Cinnamon Sugar and Chocolate Dipped. This I could try! The doughnuts were amazing, the baked rather than deep-fried kind, giving you a light, fluffy and perfectly decadent treat without that “I just swallowed a hockey puck” gross feeling. As with their cookies, they bake without margarine, hydrogenated oils, artificial colors and flavors. This doesn’t mean that they are for the health conscious, though: at Dirty Betty’s, you can even have a doughnut ice cream sandwich just to prove that you are not a calorie counter.
Check out Cookie Bar and Dirty Betty’s at 2475 N. Lincoln, Tuesday – Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. They are closed Sunday and Monday. Call them at 773-348-0300 to check on availability.