Toni Patisserie

Women ponder their choices at Chicago's Toni Patisserie, © 2013 Celia Her City

It must be fall, because I’m suddenly frequenting the cafés that I’ve shunned for months.  I’m craving the soups and lattes that just a week ago were unappealing.  So I was receptive when a friend suggested we meet at Toni Patisserie, a little place located in the northeast corner of the Pittsfield Building, across the street from the Cultural Center.

I like this place even though I don’t really know much about its food.  It’s just a pleasant, low-key French-style bakery, where you can also get decent soups and very nice salads.  And now a glass of wine, if you’d like to.

One of the best things about this spot is its location, on Washington, just a few paces off Michigan Avenue.  It’s preferable to the many hard-used chain restaurants and bland and odd eateries in the Loop, that I sometimes wish would just disappear.

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