Hours: Breakfast, lunch, dinner: seven days
Bread, sandwiches, and pastries from Vincent Colombet of Logan Square's La Boulangerie.
Owner and baker Vincent Colombet, who made his name at La Boulangerie's Logan Square flagship store, brings his formidable talent to this little cafe, where alongside gorgeous tarts, cream puffs, and macarons you'll find long loaves of baguettes and batards and ciabattas rising like cornstalks behind the counter. It's classic stuff, sure, but the cafe also makes departures: sandwich options on warm baguettes include the Southern (peach-barbecue chicken, slaw, and greens) and the Cosmopolitan, which combines pastrami with tomato, cucumber, horseradish, and chives. A pulled-pork sandwich with queso fresco, red pepper, avocado, and a verdant-tasting jalepeño relish was fantastic; the Parisian—with ham, thick slices of Mimolette, tomato, mustard, and cornichon—tasted like just the thing for a picnic. Another delicious slog lay ahead of us in the form of a gooey, eggy canele; a tiny, perfect choux puff filled with pumpkin cream and glazed with caramel; and another superlative seasonal gesture, a pumpkin macaron. I'll be thrilled to see what else this bakery comes up with.
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