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Floriole Cafe & Bakery (CHI)

My dear friend Leslie alerted me about this bakery when she found out I was going to Chicago. Her friend Sandra Holl had just opened Floriole Cafe & Bakery in the Lincoln Park section of Chicago, and she urged me to make a visit.

Floriole Cafe & Bakery (CHI)

Sandra and her husband had a supportive following through the farmer's market grapevine for years, selling their baked goods in Chicago. They finally pulled the trigger and opened Floriole in April-- a HUGE two-story, airy, brick and mortar space full of light and Frenchie charm (think country farmhouse in Provence).

Floriole Cafe & Bakery (CHI)

Le petit dejeuner.

Floriole Cafe & Bakery (CHI)

Sandra and her staff make EVERYTHING from scratch, even their pot of yogurt with jam! So creamy and delicious.

Floriole Cafe & Bakery (CHI)

Their croissant was off the scale-- it's SO HARD to find a good croissant in the States, that when I do, I tend to gorge on a few in one sitting. The croissant is my measure stick as to how I rate bakeries. Floriole's was buttery, flakey, with crispy (but not burnt!) edges. Perfection. This jambon, fromage et moutarde-filled croissant was OUT OF CONTROL.

Floriole Cafe & Bakery (CHI)

Macarons!

Floriole Cafe & Bakery (CHI)

Floriole Cafe & Bakery (CHI)

Sandra was kind enough to give us a tour of the kitchen. Again, it was SO HUGE. It must be a dream-come-true for her, to have such a grand  work space for her creations.

Floriole Cafe & Bakery (CHI)

Floriole Cafe & Bakery (CHI)


Le Torch!

Floriole Cafe & Bakery (CHI)

Temperature controlled bread-making room.

Floriole Cafe & Bakery (CHI)

Sandra's baby.

Floriole Cafe & Bakery (CHI)

Baby #2.

Floriole Cafe & Bakery (CHI)

HA!

Floriole Cafe & Bakery (CHI)

Upstairs. Great party space.

Floriole Cafe & Bakery (CHI)

Floriole Cafe & Bakery (CHI)

Window into the kitchen.

Floriole Cafe & Bakery (CHI)

Intelligentsia in the espresso machine. Keepin it local.

Floriole Cafe & Bakery (CHI)

Floriole Cafe & Bakery (CHI)

Floriole Cafe & Bakery (CHI)

Gorgeous!

Floriole Cafe & Bakery (CHI)

Wishing Floriole and Sandra many years of success! Please start a mail order service for your croissants! Maybe you can eventually open a satellite location in the Bay Area?

Next time, I MUST try your ramp sandwich.

FLORIOLE CAFE & BAKERY
1220 W Webster Avenue
Chicago, IL

T: 773.883.1313

Top photo by Matt K.
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2 comments

  • Thanks for stopping in, Sandra! Your bakery is so totally amazing. Much love and success to you and your husband! Garlic scapes in a sandwich? How delightful.

    kayoko on

  • You will have to come back next spring for ramps. We have moved on to garlic scapes now. ;-) Thanks for sharing this. The pictures are beautiful and I am soooo happy that you liked our food. Many Thanks!

    Sandra Holl on

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