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far west suburbs: bakeries, ByBys update

dickson d | May 2, 2004 01:42 PM

Stopped by ByBys after a soccer game in Geneva. Better than ever - sort of stuck on their Huitlacoche Quesadilla and "Tortilla Oaxaquena" (really a Tlayuda). Too much for one meal, but great. Discussed this 'n that with the lady at the counter and it turns out they now have Flor de Calabaza all the time, unlike last year. And this is peak Huitlacoche season apparently, so don't miss it.

BYBY'S
630 562 - 1710
142 W WASHINGTON ST,WEST CHICAGO,IL,60185

Have been investigating 3 good bakeries out here, and want to share.

Hahn's
303 Franklin
Geneva, Il

This is the most pretentious and expensive. Good Italian bread; baguette was a little soft and sweet for me. Nice tarts (great fruit tarts for fancy dinners), pastries and cheesecakes. Bad scones (large, soft, overly sweet); lots of crumb cakes that seem to me to be loads of brown sugar on a little cake. Okay bear claws with cherries, nice giant muffins. Best as a special occasion pastry place, but pretty good italian breads. Thanks to Joel S for discovering it.

Upper Crust
The Upper Crust
1045-Burlington Ave #3
Lisle, IL 60532

Link to their web site is below. Fairly new place that seems to be doing a good job, and doing well. After a year or so, they are expanding to add a cafe. I have only tried their cookies and coffee cakes - other info is from a co-worker. Coffee cakes were very, very good, and I need to go explore this place more.

Tea & Sympathy
1163 E. Ogden Ave #507
Naperville Il 60563
ph: 630.428.2362
M-F 9AM - 7PM
Sa/Su 10AM - 6PM

This is a combo - Chinese and French pastry. Have not tried the French stuff, but the Chinese pastries and sandwiches have been quite good. They have a few chairs and serve lunch (sandwiches, some noodle options) and bubble tea, which is great to have in the neighborhood. They make very buttery yellow loaves, and the pineapple bread is a great breakfast sweet - good flavor and not too sweet. They also have a web site, tho there is not much on it: http://www.teaandsympathybakery.com/ Thanks to C1 and Saraskim for finding this place. It is now on my regualr lunch list, particularly for summertime.

Santa Lucia Bakery
597 Fifth Avenue
Aurora, Il

This is a Mexican-American place. Only tried the Mexican baked goods and they were pretty good, not great. As with most Mexican bakeries a major part of the attraction is the amazingly low prices - for $5 one can walk away with a shopping bag of baked goods, while while the same amount at Hahn's may get you one piece of cheescake. Interesting cookies that seem to meld Mexican and American styles.

If I had to choose, I would go to Tea & Sympathy or Upper Crust, which is convenient because they are nearest, but I think all of these places are a step above most of the bakeries out here.

d

Link: http://www.uppercrustpastry.com/

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