Midwest Living Review
Let's start by saying that Tonya's Patisserie isn't easy to find. A large tree blocks the sign, and it's inside a two-story home in a residential neighborhood. Here are a few clues to get you there: Across the street is a nice B&B that was converted from an old train station. A cute little winery known for its excellent blackberry wine stands catercorner from that. And downtown Chesterton stands within walking distance, full of boutiques, antiques stores, restaurants and art galleries. Once you find your way inside, you'll see a small, cozy dining room with a shabby-chic feel. The scent of fresh baked bread wafts throughout the room. It is a popular spot for book clubs, knitting groups and dinner parties of up to 20 people. Head chef and owner Tonya Deiotte opened the bakery in 2009. A handwritten menu changes weekly, but always boasts items such as sweet potato ravioli with brown-butter apples or fried green tomatoes on ciabatta drizzled with a balsamic reduction. If that sounds too adventurous, try the eggs Benedict or baked mac 'n' cheese. Portions are generous; entrees run $5 to $13. Though you can find vegetarian and vegan options on the menu, this is generally not a health food place. Butter is the name of the game. Desserts include sinful ganache bars, sweetly decorated cupcakes, tiramisu, big gooey cinnamon rolls and chocolate chip cookies.