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.
It's a nice small bakery with good variety of pastries cakes donuts and so on. Of course you can order coffee or anything to go. They have dome tables you can sit in but overall it's not a very pleasant place to sit in. If you want the fancy cake or a specific pie you need to order it in advance (usually a day before) because they don't make those everyday. The staff are nice and helpful and the prices are fair.
My 8 year old daughter Pilar and I had the hot chocolate with the homemade marshmallows and shared a red velvet cupcake the quality and richness and delicious flavor of both the hot chocolate and the cupcake was beyond belief. They hand make the hot chocolate with imported cocoa and Italian chocolate syrup and steamed milk and the marshmallows are homemade and incredibly delicious. This is a great spot and has been for years and years. The bakery goods are of the highest quality and delicious. Demetri Alexander
They have their craft perfected. Also they have really good macaroons. Tip: come early cause you won’t get what you want after noon.
One of the best bakeries in the area. Amazing cookies, muffins, cupcakes, and other unique delights. A lot of fun with the kids. Cool window displays too!
I wish I could give no stars, cause this place is worse than dunkin donuts, but more expensive. They use high school kids to make the pastries and cakes, even though they advertise that is their pastries are baked by award winning pastry chefs. The bread is packaged in cheap plastic, that the bread ends up smelling like plastic. The taste of their pastries are dull and just have lots of sugar. Will never buy from here again, regardless of how long they have been around in Evanston.