Western 'Burbs (Naperville Area): Any Good Bakeries?
We used to live in Naperville many moons ago. Then we moved to France. This little tidbit means the bar was set quite high for how all other bakeries are judged, at least on the bread and pastry front.
I'm not looking for a French bakery but if there is one to recommend that would be grand and I'm all ears. What I am looking for is a bakery with that little extra something -- flair, perhaps? We've done Great Harvest Bakery and while their bread is good and their snickerdoodles are excellent, it is a tad basic. I do adore Pastry House Hippo at Mitsuwa and hope it's still there (haven't been back yet).
It can be cupcakes, pastries, cakes, cookies, whatever... as long as it's yummy and not too boring. So I eagerly await anyone's recommendations of a "better than average" bakery in Chicago's West Suburbs...
I just tried Kirsten's Danish Bakery in Burr Ridge (about 20 mins from Naperville), and was suitably impressed. I'm not extensively versed in bakeries by any means, but I went there on numerous recommendations from friends and Yelp, and found it quite tasty. I sampled a lot of breakfast pastries with friends. I have also heard some rave reviews about their cupcakes, but I didn't see any in the case, so I am wondering if those are "special order" items.
Kirsten's Danish Bakery
94 Burr Ridge Parkway
Burr Ridge, IL 60527-0832 - (630) 655-2066
Is Geneva too far? The Cocoa Bean has some nice treats as well as a light lunch menu. I've had soup, bread, and pastries and all were delicious.
Aurora has some good Mexican bakeries (really good custard-filled flaky pastries) and there's La France Bakery in downtown Aurora. Haven't been to this one in quite a while but I remember that we ate in and enjoyed it. The space is way over-done but it was still fun. They had tres leches cake slices that looked nice, too.
There are probably many others closer to you but just in case...
re: Georgia Sommers
We're big fans of Cocoa Bean in Geneva too. Always interesting and seasonal, we usually get a box of their mini's for a holiday dinner. There are a number of Mexican bakeries in Aurora along New York Street and downtown that carry traditional Mexican sweets amongst other things.
A bit of a drive from Naperville is Hahn's Bakery in Geneva. Based on the breads I've bought from them at the Wheaton Farmers' Market in past summers, I would recommend their ciabatta and other "european"-style breads. There might be other places where they sell their goods during colder months, but if not, try them out either at their store or at the Wheaton Farmers' Market (or do they call it a "French Market") when it starts up again
Thanks for recommendations everyone! I should've checked back here sooner as we just made a trip to Geneva this afternoon, doh. Bookmarking for future trips out to indulge in baked delicacies. :)