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Patch Picks: Fine Bakeries in the Area
- Baker’s Square Restaurant & Pies, 270 E. Northwest Hwy., Palatine
If not known for its long list of delightful pies, Baker’s Square must have a reputation for its comprehensive menu. Pick up a Custard Pie, an Oreo Cake or a European Truffle for home or for an event next time you’re in the area.
- Cupcakes & More by Kristine, 10 N. Bothwell St., Palatine
Cupcakes & More by Kristine of downtown Palatine features special custom-designed cupcakes in a variety of flavors. There, you can find cupcakes like Raspberry Filled Almond with Raspberry Cream Cheese Frosting, Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream Frosting or White Chocolate Cupcakes topped with cashews. The venue also sells other sweet baked goods like Apple Muffins with Maple Glaze and vanilla, coconut or double chocolate brownies.
- El Chicanito, 1164 E. Dundee Rd., Palatine
El Chicanito bakery specializes in freshly baked breads, cakes, muffins, cookies and assorted pastries. Stop in before you plan a party or a social lunch. Conveniently located at the intersection of Rand Rd.
- Peterson’s Tasty Delight Bakery, 1720 W. Algonquin Rd., Hoffman Estates
Peterson’s specializes in ornate cake design for any event, including birthdays, corporate events, weddings, communions and more. Peterson’s also sells flavorful mini cakes, cheese cakes, breads and rolls, cookies, turnovers and pies.
- Sara Lee Bakery Outlet, 1357 N. Rand Rd., Palatine
Sara Lee Bakery products have developed a global reputable name for a reason. Sara Lee Outlet on Rand Rd. sells a variety of baked goods, from cookies and croissants to baked breads. Among Sara Lee brands featured are other popular favorites like Hillshire Farms, Jimmy Dean and Ball Park.
- Sweet Pea Cakes, 140 S. Cook St., Barrington
Delve into Extraordinary Handmade Cupcakes at Sweet Pea Cakes. The bakery boutique gem is new to Barrington, and features custom cakes and cupcakes for individual sale or for formal events like weddings. Sweet Pea studio also produces yummy delights like brownies and cinnamon crumb cake.
- Whole Foods Market-Bakery Department, 1331 N. Rand Rd., Palatine
A lovely thing about selecting baked goods at Whole Foods, apart from the freshness the venue is known for, is that the retailer carries organic products. Whether perusing among oven baked breads, or double chocolate brownies, Whole Foods Bakery carries products free of certain preservatives, and caters to customers with special dietary needs.