Images: Tonya’s Patisserie in Chesterton

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Images: Tonya’s Patisserie in Chesterton

Carefully crafted pastries, drool-worthy desserts, and so much more are tucked away inside Tonya’s Patisserie in Chesterton, Indiana. It looks like a simple, quiet humble house turned cafe. Inside, it is an inviting, homey space. Bakery cases are  situated near the small counter section and are full of delicious treats. Owner Tonya is a pastry chef who left the big city to return to her small town roots.

Tonya’s Patisserie in Chesterton

Tonya's Patisserie in Chesterton, Indiana

Tonya’s Patisserie in Chesterton, Indiana

Tonya was originally trained at the Culinary Institute of America, NYC. She has more than twenty years of experience, having held executive pastry chef positions in Chicago, including the Intercontinental Hotel, Le Meridien Hotel (now Conrad), and Eli’s Cheesecake Company as head decorator. She makes pretty pastries of all kinds–just look at those images below. This is her dream, come true.

I really need to try her dosants. My timing is just off on that one. I keep missing them (or they are, understandably, sold out). They are one tasty-looking creation. It’s a croissant and a donut combined into one fabulous pastry. It’s filled with creamy buttercream frosting and topped with a smooth and shiny chocolate ganache. I have got to try one of those. It sounds so amazing.

All of you self-proclaimed foodies will really want to pop inside this one. Chesterton is a unique dining destination. My favorite was a lemon curd pastry topped with blueberries. It was so incredible I kept dreaming about it for days. Cupcakes, cookies, and pastries of all kinds are right here. But if you want something more substantial, there is a daily rotation of soups and sandwiches.

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Tonya's Patisserie in Chesterton, Indiana

Tonya’s Patisserie in Chesterton, Indiana

She offers vegetarian items and gluten-free products, so please ask if you are looking for something in particular to meet your needs. They are helpful and efficient so you can feel at ease.

As if that were not enough, Tonya’s Patisserie also has a boxed lunch option. It’s a convenient way for anyone to have an affordable, good-for-you meal. Locals can have it delivered. How is that for handy? She also does catering. I think that would be the best event food ever in the history of event food. Can you tell I am completely blown away by this one?

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Tonya's Patisserie in Chesterton, Indiana

Tonya’s Patisserie in Chesterton, Indiana

The food is delicious, the atmosphere is absolutely charming, and Tonya is just as nice as can be. Bonus: you can even take it outside to the front porch. This cafe is certainly a memorable visit. I adore this small town destination. Please, do add it to your Indiana travel plans. It is fantastic.

Keep tabs on all of the latest news. From fun new daily specials to the latest addition to the permanent menu, you can find it all–if you follow Tonya’s Patisserie on Facebook.

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Tonya’s Patisserie
321 Broadway
Chesterton IN 46304

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