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What to Eat at Toni Patisserie and Cafe, Opening Next Monday

Just a few of the baguettes you'll be able to get soon.

Just a few of the baguettes you'll be able to get soon.Photo: courtesy of Toni Patisserie and Cafe

The city's latest bakery and cafe, Toni Patisserie and Cafe, will open on Monday, August 29, in the Loop. West suburban residents may recognize the name, as chef Toni Marie Cox has been running a bakery in Hinsdale since 1994. This downtown location is her first outlet in the city and will be open from daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., serving breakfast, lunch, and a "light dinner." The 30-seat cafe is "French-inspired," which obviously means that you can score a quiche Lorraine and a salade niçoise. Still, we're most excited about the pork rillette baguette sandwich.

Considering that it is a patisserie, expect a collection of freshly baked pastries, including tarts, éclairs, and seasonal fruit galettes. There will also be a Metropolis coffee bar. Like the Hinsdale location, customized cakes can be ordered in advance. Catering should be up and running by the winter.

Check out an abbreviated menu below.

Toni Patisserie & Café, 65 E. Washington, Chicago, IL 60601; 312-726-2020

Toni Patisserie & Café Menu

Breakfast:
Quiche Lorraine with bacon, onion and Gruyère
Basque Tortilla with confit potatoes, onions and roasted red peppers
Viennoiserie (croissants, fresh berry and almond brioche slices, chocolate babka, scones, muffins and crumb cakes)

Salads:
Salade Niçoise with tuna, hard-cooked egg, new potato, tomato, red onion, capers, haricot verts, Niçoise olives, butter lettuce and Dijon vinaigrette
Salade de Gésier with seasonal greens, confit chicken gizzards, lardons, cucumber, hard-cooked egg, tomato and Champagne vinaigrette

Sandwiches:
Pork Rillette Baguette Sandwich with Dijon mustard and cornichons
Le Parisian Baguette with premium ham, salted butter and cornichons
Le Banh Mi Baguette with house made pâté, French ham, pickled carrot and daikon, cilantro, cucumber and Sriracha mayonnaise
Croque Monsieur with premium ham, Gruyère, Béchamel and Dijon
Le Jardin Grill with spinach, artichoke hearts, roasted peppers, basil, provolone and goat cheeses
Tartines of smoked salmon, prosciutto or ricotta and figs

Savory Plates:
Plat de Charcuterie
Plat de Fromage
Plat de Saumon with smoked salmon, hard-cooked egg, capers, cornichons, Niçoise olives and baguette

Pastries and Sweets
Individual Pastries (salted caramel and chocolate tarts, éclairs, seasonal fruit Galettes)
Verrines and Custards (cherry vanilla panna cotta and butterscotch pot de crème)
Small Treats (assorted French macaroons, cookies decorated by hand, petite fours)
Cakes such as signature favorites in Hinsdale (White Chocolate Mousse and Chocolate Raspberry Mousse)
Seasonal French Entremets (raspberry and mango mousse, mocha with hazelnut crunch, white chocolate mousse)

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