Sugar Fixe Patisserie Now Open

Oak Park's Own European Pastry Shop

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By David Hammond

The signs have been up on the Marion street windows for a few months, and every time I bike by, I look in to see if the place is ready to open.

Tuesday, April 26, it was in operation…though not full operation.  Last week was the “soft opening,” when the owners worked to refine their recipes and their work flow to ensure that everything is running smoothly before they “officially” open.

Oak Parker Cindy Summers is the chef owner of Sugar Fixé. Summer left her corporate job for the love of food, a scenario we’re seeing more frequently these days as professionals in many fields decide to focus their careers on the food business.

Summers is a graduate of the French Pastry School in Chicago and has baked and studied under Pastry World Champion Dimitri Fayard and Master Baker Jonathan Dendauw.

At Sugar Fixé Patisserie, Summers aims to combine “classic European traditions with American styles.” That goal is illustrated on their website homepage, which pictures all-American red velvet cupcakes.

When you visit Sugar Fixé Patisserie, post here about what you had and how you liked it.

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Julie Talbot from Oak Park  

Posted: May 10th, 2011 5:50 PM

I have tried quite an assortment now and am a fan. The chocolate ganache cake, mocha macarons, and raspberry financiers, and quiches are to die for. Only two things haven't fit the bill for me: lemon blueberry scone (the scone texture and flavor were nice but somehow the fruits weren't amazingly flavorful) and the chocolate financiers seemed quite dry to me. Must try the eclairs and croissants next!

Yasmeen Schuller from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: May 6th, 2011 5:34 PM

My husband and I stopped by earlier this week at night. We love their Julius Meinl coffee and latte. The croissant was perfect. The cream puff covered in nuts was also delicious.

David Hammond from  

Posted: May 5th, 2011 8:20 PM

Whoa, Sweet Tooth, those are very heavy assumptions to make based on the limited selection you encountered during their first week of operation. My guess is that as a new biz, they are still trying to figure out what sells and what quantities to make. The first weeks of any food service biz are usually rough -- that's why some publications, like the Chicago Reader, don't send reviewers to a place that's been open less than 30 days.

Resident from Oak Park  

Posted: May 5th, 2011 4:35 PM

I tried it today with a friend. The ham gruyere quiche and pistachio macaroons were excellent! Good luck to this new business.

Sweet Tooth from Oak Park  

Posted: May 5th, 2011 3:05 PM

We went on Saturday morning and there was very little to choose from so we didn't get anything. I suspect this is another case of rich people giving their friends/family members jobs and expecting to write off big business losses before closing in a few years. Yes, this is what they do.

David Hammond from  

Posted: May 4th, 2011 11:03 PM

Went tonight. Report, pix, and discussion here:

Julia Huff  

Posted: May 4th, 2011 6:55 PM

We went on Sunday, but there was a very limited selection-cake slices, carrot cake cupcakes, and one quiche-so we didn't end up trying anything. We will have to go back when there is more to choose.

Nick Heitzman from Chicago, Illinois  

Posted: May 4th, 2011 12:00 PM

this place looks Great! I went on opening day to find out they had sold out of everything. I will definitely be going back soon to give them a try.

Christina Pippin from  

Posted: May 3rd, 2011 10:16 PM

Had the French eclair from Sugar Fixe just last week. It was so very good. A friend raved about their scones. Can't wait to stop back!

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