I first discovered Floriole’s fantastic baked goods and pastries at Lincoln Park’s farmer’s market, Green City Market. After about five years of solely offering its goodies at that Market, Floriole opened a bakery and cafe on Webster Avenue in Lincoln Park in 2010, and expanded its menu beyond its delicious pastries to include wonderful salads, sandwiches, and even pizza. Floriole sticks to its Market roots and sources most of its produce, meats, dairy, and cheeses directly from sustainable farms in the Midwest. That dedication to locally produced ingredients shines through in every item that Floriole serves.
Walking into Floriole, a line of people is often found waiting to order at the counter. Guests are then given a number and tasked with finding an available seat at one of the tables on the first or second floor, or along a counter overlooking the bakery and kitchen. In warmer months, sidewalk seating is also available. The bakery and cafe is open and airy with windows allowing natural light to flow in. Floriole is perfect for families or groups of friends.
For breakfast, my favorites have included the quiche, which is always light, airy, and so extremely flavorful, it tastes borderline sinful; the breakfast sandwich, which often changes based upon seasonal ingredients; and the simple local yogurt with seasonal fruit. I also never pass up the special offerings of the day. On a recent visit, it was a baked egg with house made tomato sauce and cheese, served hot in a ramekin, with freshly baked bread and a frisee salad. The flavors in the tomato sauce were phenomenal, and even evoked a unique cinnamon taste that was addicting. I hope this dish finds a permanent place on Floriole’s menu, or at least as a routine special, because it is a new favorite.
For lunch options, one cannot go wrong with the freshly made soups, seasonal salads, and sandwich offerings. The soup, four new salads, and some other specials change on a daily basis and are written on a blackboard in the restaurant, and the menu as a whole changes with the seasons and availability of produce from local farmers, so there is always something new and fresh to try. The sandwiches are all served on freshly baked bread and are presented with a side of Werp Farm mixed greens.
Those with a sweet tooth are in good hands at Floriole. Using organic flour and sugar, Valrhona chocolate, European-style butter and cage-free eggs, Floriole’s baked goods are some of the best in the city. From fudgy brownies, to macarons, to tarts, to cookies, one really cannot go wrong.
To go along with your freshly baked goodies, spring for one of Floriole’s expertly made coffee drinks or loose leafed teas. The lattes are perfectly brewed and are smooth and not too strong.
Recently, Floriole, which does not ordinarily serve dinner, started pizza nights every Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., offering three different pizzas, antipasti, a salad, and dessert. While I have not tried Floriole’s pizza, if it is anything like the rest of its menu, it will likely be fresh, flavorful, and fantastic.
What are your favorites at Floriole?
1220 West Webster Avenue, Chicago