Slideshow SLIDESHOW: 8 Breakfast Pastries We Love in Chicago

Not to deal in binaries, but there are basically two types of people when it comes to breakfast. First, the ascetic health nuts who live on non-dairy smoothies and fiber bars; second, the folks who wolf down a Denny's Grand Slam with a side of extra bacon. Breakfast pastries are the overlooked, sane middle ground. They feel sneakily indulgent, like eating dessert before a meal, but they're small enough not to require a nap before the day's even begun. Plus, for coffee and tea drinkers, they offer that necessary bite of sweetness to counteract a bitter, hot drink.

Before you go skipping the most important meal of the day, consider these eight stand-out breakfast pastries, then share your favorite morning treats in the comments.


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