Hours: Daily 6 AM-7 PM
Patisserie from Pascal Berthoumieux (Bistro Bordeaux).
Evanston will never be mistaken for Paris (much to the sorrow of students returning from a year studying abroad), but at least now it has, in Patisserie Coralie, its own iteration of one of France's most glorious traditions. The patisserie is purely about indulgence. Aside from a demi baguette or two, it sells only exquisite-looking pastries that are guaranteed to make you fatter, and owner Pascal Berthoumieux, who also owns Bistro Bordeaux and Crêperie Saint Germain, sticks close to the original model. He even hired a French pastry chef, Manuel Bouillet, who does some fine work. His pain au chocolat is rich and buttery and shatters in your mouth. He cleverly uses lemon and lavender to save Paris on My Lips, a lipstick-colored pillow of cream, from overwhelming and cloying sweetness. It pales only in decadence to the eclair, deceptively smaller and thinner than most of its American counterparts, but stuffed with chocolate creme and topped with a chocolate wafer and a dab of gold. The only disappointment, really, is the plain croissant, which is tough and chewy.
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