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Southern France Patisserie in Lakeview - Yum!

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    Post #1 - March 18th, 2017, 2:09 pm
    Post #1 - March 18th, 2017, 2:09 pm Post #1 - March 18th, 2017, 2:09 pm
    This wonderful French bakery opened in June 2015. At that time I made myself a note to visit after seeing a blurb about it in the Trib. I didn't get a chance to go there until today, and oh, what I've been missing! I bought a bunch of things, and while I haven't yet tried everything I brought home, I've loved everything I've tried. I'm so excited to have a French bakery with this level of quality here!

    Let's start with the exterior and the display cases:

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    In addition to the usual plain and chocolate croissants, they had pecan croissants and pecan-chocolate croissants. I bought a pecan croissant ($3.50) and it was superb, among the very best in the entire Chicago area, with a wonderfully-flaky crust and delicious filling.
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    The canele ($2.50) was outstanding, but I don't have a photo because I ate it on the spot. :)

    Every French bakery has to have eclairs, and their mini-eclairs ($2) are excellent:
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    I love me a good monkey bread, and theirs ($12), made from croissants, may be the best I've ever had (even though it sticks to the pan liner paper on the bottom), and it's larger than most others:
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    I haven't get tried the other items I got.

    They had two kinds of entremets, and this is the one I got ($5):
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    Buttermilk biscuits! ($2)
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    Croissant bread pudding! ($4)
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    Their location a half mile north of Wrigley makes this a great stop before an afternoon game.

    Southern France Patisserie
    1405 W Irving Park Road at Southport
    Chicago 60657
    773-857-1478
    Friday through Sunday, 8am-4pm (other days by appointment)
    southernfrancechicago.com
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    Last edited by nsxtasy on August 30th, 2017, 10:24 am, edited 1 time in total.
  • Post #2 - March 20th, 2017, 3:23 pm
    Post #2 - March 20th, 2017, 3:23 pm Post #2 - March 20th, 2017, 3:23 pm
    Yum!

    Are Buttermilk Biscuits and Monkey Bread French, or is there a bit of "project creep" here? I'd buy them anyway...
  • Post #3 - March 20th, 2017, 9:03 pm
    Post #3 - March 20th, 2017, 9:03 pm Post #3 - March 20th, 2017, 9:03 pm
    Those pastries look so beautiful, thanks for the tip.
    Logan: Come on, everybody, wang chung tonight! What? Everybody, wang chung tonight! Wang chung, or I'll kick your ass!
  • Post #4 - March 21st, 2017, 2:31 pm
    Post #4 - March 21st, 2017, 2:31 pm Post #4 - March 21st, 2017, 2:31 pm
    chicagojim wrote:Are Buttermilk Biscuits and Monkey Bread French, or is there a bit of "project creep" here?

    It's an intentional combination of French baked goods with chef-owner Terbush's background in the American South. As noted on their website:

    "Welcome to Southern France, y'all! Chef Amanda Tommey Terbush started Southern France Patisserie, based in Chicago, Illinois, in 2014, to provide French-style pastries served with Southern hospitality. Southern France is the marriage of Chef Terbush's Southern background with her training in traditional French pastries."
  • Post #5 - March 21st, 2017, 7:09 pm
    Post #5 - March 21st, 2017, 7:09 pm Post #5 - March 21st, 2017, 7:09 pm
    i was there many months ago and was wowed by a dome of passion fruit and chocolate. i just went on their website to look for the description, but the link to their pastry menu doesn't seem to be working, so my memory of exactly what it contained remains hazy.... but i was extremely impressed...also with chef amanda.
  • Post #6 - March 21st, 2017, 7:23 pm
    Post #6 - March 21st, 2017, 7:23 pm Post #6 - March 21st, 2017, 7:23 pm
    justjoan wrote:i was there many months ago and was wowed by a dome of passion fruit and chocolate. i just went on their website to look for the description, but the link to their pastry menu doesn't seem to be working, so my memory of exactly what it contained remains hazy.... but i was extremely impressed...also with chef amanda.

    Perhaps it was the passionfruit and hazelnut entremet, pictured on their website here?

    They had two kinds of entremet when I visited, and I bought the non-chocolate one (and took a close-up photo of its description). I forget what the chocolate one they had was (and I can't read the description in my photo of the display case); it might or might not have been the passionfruit and hazelnut entremet.
  • Post #7 - March 22nd, 2017, 7:46 am
    Post #7 - March 22nd, 2017, 7:46 am Post #7 - March 22nd, 2017, 7:46 am
    it very well could have been, though i only remember being surprised how well passion fruit(one of my passions) went with chocolate....
  • Post #8 - May 2nd, 2019, 11:20 am
    Post #8 - May 2nd, 2019, 11:20 am Post #8 - May 2nd, 2019, 11:20 am
    Just wanted to let everyone know that Southern France is still knocking it out of the park, based on my visit this morning. So many delicious things! Their croissants are absolutely perfect, IMHO the very best in the entire city. They still have so many other great things - the monkey bread, the tarts, the entremets, the caneles... Even little things that you might otherwise overlook, like those innocent looking square-shaped speckled shortbread cookies, are awesome. Bravo, Southern France Patisserie!!!

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  • Post #9 - March 12th, 2021, 8:07 pm
    Post #9 - March 12th, 2021, 8:07 pm Post #9 - March 12th, 2021, 8:07 pm
    Southern France is still terrific! They are now open only Fridays through Sundays; perhaps as the pandemic situation improves, they will expand their hours.

    I got several of the items that I have previously enjoyed and are already pictured above. This time I got a different entremet, the "martinique", which is a mango mousse with a thin coating of white chocolate and a small center of crushed pineapple, over a marjoleine-like bottom layer, pictured here alongside a mini eclair:
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    I also got a package of their salted shortbread cookies:
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    Their baked goods are sooooooo delicious! They are a local treasure.
  • Post #10 - December 15th, 2022, 7:11 pm
    Post #10 - December 15th, 2022, 7:11 pm Post #10 - December 15th, 2022, 7:11 pm
    I hadn't been to Southern France Patisserie in a while, so last week I went back. And everything was so utterly amazing, I ended up going there three times!

    The outside still looks the same:
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    Inside, some of the items look familiar:
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    while others, like the La Bretonne on the right, are new:
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    (It has whipped cream and apricots inside a sparkly - yes, sparkly - white chocolate shell. Yum!)

    One bite of the biscuit, and all I could think was, this is the best biscuit I've ever had. Same for the croissant. I'm not that big on quiches, but wow, the veggie quiche was easily the best quiche I've ever had too!
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    I previously called Southern France Patisserie a local treasure, and I still feel that way!
  • Post #11 - March 25th, 2024, 11:29 am
    Post #11 - March 25th, 2024, 11:29 am Post #11 - March 25th, 2024, 11:29 am
    Stopped in a week ago for the first time. Some of the best croissants and pain au chocolat I've ever had. Also the poundcake was delicious, was rich but also had a real lightness to it. I love canele and theirs looked good, totally forgot to get one. Also went there to get a paris brest, sadly they didn't make any last weekend as they had some st. patrick's day specials, but will go back someday to try again. Also I think they open at 9am but seems like they sell out of things pretty quickly.
  • Post #12 - March 25th, 2024, 12:03 pm
    Post #12 - March 25th, 2024, 12:03 pm Post #12 - March 25th, 2024, 12:03 pm
    AaronSinger wrote:Also I think they open at 9am but seems like they sell out of things pretty quickly.

    According to their website, they are open Friday-Sunday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Street parking on Irving is free on Sundays.

    They DO sell out of certain things pretty quickly - especially the quiches - although they always make plenty of croissants. And if you call in advance, they are happy to set aside anything you like.

    And don't overlook the biscuits as well as the quiches!
  • Post #13 - March 25th, 2024, 3:14 pm
    Post #13 - March 25th, 2024, 3:14 pm Post #13 - March 25th, 2024, 3:14 pm
    We were there for the first time on Saturday. I loved the pecan croissant! I have to say that the chocolate croissant did not meet the Good Ambler chocolate croissant bar for me but it was very good.
  • Post #14 - March 25th, 2024, 3:40 pm
    Post #14 - March 25th, 2024, 3:40 pm Post #14 - March 25th, 2024, 3:40 pm
    2nd the pecan croissant recco.
  • Post #15 - March 26th, 2024, 9:41 am
    Post #15 - March 26th, 2024, 9:41 am Post #15 - March 26th, 2024, 9:41 am
    Thirded. Also got a pecan croissant, also delicious.
  • Post #16 - May 16th, 2024, 11:20 am
    Post #16 - May 16th, 2024, 11:20 am Post #16 - May 16th, 2024, 11:20 am
    Sadly I just got an email from Southern France that their last day will be June 23rd.
  • Post #17 - May 16th, 2024, 11:41 am
    Post #17 - May 16th, 2024, 11:41 am Post #17 - May 16th, 2024, 11:41 am
    This is a huge loss. So much of what they have - the croissants, the biscuits, the quiches - are the best in Chicagoland. :(
  • Post #18 - May 16th, 2024, 2:42 pm
    Post #18 - May 16th, 2024, 2:42 pm Post #18 - May 16th, 2024, 2:42 pm
    Damn. Best croissants I've had round these parts. I'll have to go to get a paris brest before they close!
  • Post #19 - May 18th, 2024, 11:00 am
    Post #19 - May 18th, 2024, 11:00 am Post #19 - May 18th, 2024, 11:00 am
    Here's a warning for those planning on going to Southern France before they close on June 23.

    I went there this morning (a Saturday) at 9:30. There was a line from the register to the door. They were sold out of quiches; Amanda told me those were mostly cleaned out by the second and third person served when they opened at 8:00 this morning. I bought the last plain croissant they had. They are not making biscuits this week.

    So, for the best selection, or if you have your heart set on a particular item, go early. VERY early.
  • Post #20 - May 27th, 2024, 7:52 am
    Post #20 - May 27th, 2024, 7:52 am Post #20 - May 27th, 2024, 7:52 am
    I'm sad. I basically just "discovered" this place after knowing about it for years - they just seemed to be closed whenever I tried to visit, until the stars finally aligned not long ago. Sounds like I'm going to have to make an early trip this Friday.
    "I've always thought pastrami was the most sensuous of the salted cured meats."
  • Post #21 - May 27th, 2024, 9:32 am
    Post #21 - May 27th, 2024, 9:32 am Post #21 - May 27th, 2024, 9:32 am
    A week ago, at the end of their first weekend following the announcement of their closing, they posted this message on their Facebook page:

    Southern France wrote:I want to say a giant THANK YOU to everyone who came out this weekend! We sold out of croissants around 10am on Saturday and Sunday, and were completely sold out by 11am. What a lovely showing of support after our closing announcement.

    These upcoming few weeks are not going to be the usual Southern France experience. As we all experienced this weekend, there will be long lines and wait times. The person in front of you might buy the last croissants, which is always the risk! Please be patient with us. We had a few people take to the review sites to express their utter disappointment, with one saying they were happy we were closing.

    We’re not going to be able to get it right 100% of the time. As the saying goes, you can’t please all the people all the time. But we’re gonna show up and do the best we can, and we ask the same of you.

    I kinda figured we’d get hit on Saturday, but the actuality of the craziness was far more than I could’ve imagined. We learned a lot this weekend that will help us in these next 5 weeks.

    Thank you so much for your love and support! As my friend and customer, Rebecca, pointed out, we have 15 days to be open. Let’s fill them with the warmth of Southern France! #southernfranceyall #croissants #croissantlover #viennoiserie #layers #lamination #patisserie
  • Post #22 - June 17th, 2024, 8:40 am
    Post #22 - June 17th, 2024, 8:40 am Post #22 - June 17th, 2024, 8:40 am
    I went on Friday morning, and there was already a line out the door at 8 AM; I can only imagine it's even worse on Sat/Sun. Orders are limited to 4 croissants and 2 pastries per person, which seems more than fair.

    Looks like this Friday is going to be my last trip, and I'll have to arrive even earlier. I'm going to miss this place, even though I basically only "discovered" it just a month ago. (I've known about it for ages, but for one reason or another, I was never able to line up with their business hours).
    "I've always thought pastrami was the most sensuous of the salted cured meats."
  • Post #23 - June 17th, 2024, 5:34 pm
    Post #23 - June 17th, 2024, 5:34 pm Post #23 - June 17th, 2024, 5:34 pm
    Southern France posted this photo on their Facebook page. It was taken this past weekend, before they opened at 8 am. :shock:

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