Serious Eats: Chicago
A Sandwich a Day: Le Breton at Toni Patisserie & Cafe
Though it opened back in August, the charming Toni Patisserie and Café feels like it's been in the Loop for years. That's probably due to the focused menu of French classics that will never go out of fashion. Take the Le Breton ($7.50), which is basically just a ham sandwich with salted butter and cornichons. That's it. But thanks to the baguette that is at once soft and crackly, the those three ingredients are all you really need. Sure, you could add some gruyere cheese for a dollar, but that just seems like overkill.
Plus, thanks to its Loop location, this is the ideal sandwich stop before an impromptu picnic in Millennium Park. The simple and flavorful sandwiches ensure that you don't need to about any toppings sliding off and staining your clothes.