Unlike speedy in-and-out coffee shops, cafés indulge fantasies of sneaking off through misty European streets paved with pain au chocolat and lined with biscotti parking meters. Indulge in savory streetside fare with today’s Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of bread, bagels, sandwiches, and more at Wildflour Bakery & Cafe, located in Lake Bluff.
Wildflour Bakery & Cafe owners and passionate pastry chefs Anne Sorlie-Fisher and Kristi Loucks specialize in baking fresh, made-to-order breakfast, lunch, and dessert dishes. The café menu is replete with a smattering of delicious croissants ($2–$6), breads ($0.50–$4.50), and sandwiches, including the Napoli, a focaccia-bread-based grilled cheese stuffed with provolone, cheddar, gruyere, and tomato ($8). Stock up on cupcakes ($2–$2.50), or savor the bakery's mini éclairs ($1.50 for two) and mini crème brûlées ($3.50). A selection of made-to-order omelets ($6) brings free will back to the breakfast table, and a bevy of beverages such as coffee ($1.75-$2.25), orange juice ($1.50-$3), and fresh-brewed iced tea ($2) quench sandy esophagi.
Wildflour's sweet and savory snacks perform plateside Tuesdays through Saturdays and by appointment only on Sundays and Mondays. Stuff bellies with Wildflour's delicious delicacies while stuffing computers with its free WiFi.