Bennison’s Bakery has been a North Shore institution since 1938, earning a reputation as a high quality full line bakery with emphasis on European style pastries, cookies, and custom decorated cakes.
Larry Bennison brought his bakin savvy to Evanston from Janesville, Wisconsin in 1938. His “Dairy State” roots led to high quality offerings in the bakery, made with cream, real butter, fresh buttermilk , and freshly cracked eggs. Guy Downer, who had worked for Standard Brands and sold coffee to Bennison's originally, purchased the bakery from the Bennison family in 1967 and took over operations, continuing on the traditions started by Larry Bennison and expanding the product line, while still maintaing the high quality that people had come to expect.
I've been here several times, and I'd like to thank them for their incredible generosity when I was a teen. Not everything is amazing, so you just have to find what you like and stick with it. It's an established, neighborhood bakery with fine service. One time they were giving out treats to celebrate the birthday of their starter. I plan to go there this week for a Paczki.
Never had a chance to taste anything. People were cutting in front of others and the girls behind the counter said nothing. They could see what was going on but wouldn't do anything about it. I'm never going back.
This is not the first time I go there and generally quality is average for cakes and Donuts, low for French baguettes. The worst is their croissant, croissant w/ almonds and croissant w/ chocolate ("Pain au chocolat" in FR, there is no croissant w/ chocolate btw ). Poor quality of both oil and flour, trouble to digest, stick to the palate (this is why i can say it's poor quality of oil and no butter). This is the last time I go there. Would give negative if I could.
Awesome neighborhood bakery. Large variety of breads and baked sweets. They also supply bread some of restaurants in the area. It can get a little crowded inside and it's pretty much takeout. It's not the kind of where you can order something and sit down to eat it.
My experience is aways great. Highly recommend this place for sweet and savory!