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“Overpriced but pretty and not close to what it used to be......” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bennison Bakeries

Bennison Bakeries
Ranked #1 of 10 Bakeries in Evanston
Price range: US$1 - US$20
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Breakfast, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Chicago
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367 reviews
242 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 182 helpful votes
“Overpriced but pretty and not close to what it used to be......”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2013

EXTREME DISAPPOINTMENT...... for our Pop's 90th birthday, we called all around to find a special German layer cake which he loves - a Dobos Torte. They claimed they made one and we ordered a small for our 8 person party.....

Ordered for pickup and NOT ready..... waited around for way too long for an order called in days in advance, with lots to do. Then they bring out a huge cake - very pretty looking - and $33!

Tonight Pop's was amazed at the appearance, as were we all - 'I've never seen one like this before - but it looks very fine' ... until we tasted it - bland, bland , bland....

None of the usual flavors usually in this torte - and a major disappointment for a 90 year old with not that many birthday's left.... probably our fault for not making the effort to drive into Chicago to Lutz's or any real German bakery.....

On the other hand, the attitude and personnel there need refreshing - but I wouldn't argue that their baked goods look good, however taste does account for something and it was definitely lacking for us..... it's been here forever for a reason, but our experience left much to be desired......

  • Visited June 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Any
English first
Evanston, Illinois
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Good but prices are a little high.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2013

Good bakery items been in Evanston for ever, but prices are a little high. Service is ok not the most welcoming group.

Visited April 2013
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
“Real Bakery”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2013

It's nice to enjoy a REAL BAKERY where they make everything on the premise. In fact, they have cameras so you can watch them make the goods. The lines can get long on the weekend but this adds to how good it really is. I ordered a birthday cake and it was ready when promised. Very good, just a little expensive. If you are visiting Evanston, it is a good break from the hotel's free breakfast bars.

Visited April 2013
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Chicago
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48 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Smells good!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2013

Bennison's is a neighborhood bakery where you can watch cakes being decorated thru the window. They even have a step for kids to use. Pastries are very good. Cakes ordered for birthdays have been hit or miss which is too bad. Bread and croissants are fab. Good coffee too. Cookies are pricey per pound but maybe that's a good thing. :o)

Visited January 2013
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Evanston, Illinois
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99 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Yum!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2013

This bakery is always crowded and you can see why. Yummy treats. I love the Bienenstick (may have spelled it wrong) which has an almond top[ping with a creamy center. Very tasty!

Visited November 2012
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