I continued Croissant Quest 2010 over the holiday weekend with a stop at Floriole. It’s a lovely spot that still has a shiny, cafeteria newness to it, but has the promise of evolving into a quaint neighborhood staple. I liked the upstairs area with its view onto the exposed beams and counter below. It was charming even though part of me could see it all turning into a two-story Chili’s or McDonald’s if things got rough. There’s a long window in the back that allows you to peek at the worker bees as they turn flour into golden baked goods. Their brightly colored scarves and tats seemed strangely like a company uniform.
If you want organic and local, Floriole is part of the growing number of establishments that are proud to cite the farmers and markets they work with. They also tout their own handiwork, down to the wifi password, which is “croissant.” I happened to get one of these croissants not five minutes after it left the kitchen and counted myself lucky. It was flaky with a light, moist core that did not disappoint. My fellow quester had the ham and cheese version which I could see smeared with grainy mustard and satisfying amounts of meat. It disappeared in short order along with a delicious blueberry-lemon tart that we shared.
With not a complaint between us, it was hard to rank Floriole third among croissant bakeries in Chicago. Some of it comes down to atmosphere, price and location in addition to the quality of the croissant. In order to be fair, I’ve made the hard decision to taste the top three side-by-side in order to be extra sure that I’ve found the tastiest croissants in the city and have them ranked correctly. However, if you find yourself in Lincoln Park, I don’t think you’ll go wrong by trying Floriole’s croissants. When I find myself in the neighborhood next, I’ll probably do the same.
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1220 West Webster Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
Croissants are $3.00 for plain and $4.50 for ham and cheese.
Croissant Quest 2010 Establishments (in order of preference):