Dinkel's Bakery

★★★☆☆
  • 3329 N Lincoln Ave

    Chicago, IL 60657

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  • 773-281-7300

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Sat: 6am-5pm, Sun: 8am-4pm, Tue-Fri: 6am-7pm

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I have been going to Dinkel's for years and have recommended them to my family and friends. My family loved the baked goods. Lately, I feel the quality has gone down. Additionally, they no longer make some of their best baked goods and rarely introduce new products.

The service is horrible, despite my frequent large orders, they have frequently screwed up. When I bring this to the manager's or owners attention nothing is done and I am viewed as though I have four heads. I have become increasingly disappointed and no longer will go to this place. It is very sad to see a place with a good reputation take a nose dive. The ego of this establishment has exceeded it's ability to provide a good product.

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★☆☆☆☆

I have been going to Dinkel's for years and have recommended them to my family and friends. My family loved the baked goods. Lately, I feel the quality has gone down. Additionally, they no longer make some of their best baked goods and rarely introduce new products.

The service is horrible, despite my frequent large orders, they have frequently screwed up. When I bring this to the manager's or owners attention nothing is done and I am viewed as though I have four heads. I have become increasingly disappointed and no longer will go to this place. It is very sad to see a place with a good reputation take a nose dive. The ego of this establishment has exceeded it's ability to provide a good product.

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So disappointing. I understand this bakery has been here a long time, however, I am extremely disappointed in its practices. I wanted to place an order for strudel, and was told that they could not guarantee me a fresh one. These are made once every 2-3 months and then frozen! Fine. I asked if I could special order the strudel, and pick it up as I live close by. The phone girl could not seem to understand after I repeatedly told her that I wanted 2 FRESH strudels, and told me that she could not guarantee this as I may receive a frozen one. What? The customer service here is terrible, and in reality there is no service to the customer. I wanted to give this place a chance and called them on 2 separate occasions asking to place an order and was not accomodated. I was told that their customers are not so picky and are happy fo buy frozen, Are you kidding me? Terrible service and product.

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★☆☆☆☆

So disappointing. I understand this bakery has been here a long time, however, I am extremely disappointed in its practices. I wanted to place an order for strudel, and was told that they could not guarantee me a fresh one. These are made once every 2-3 months and then frozen! Fine. I asked if I could special order the strudel, and pick it up as I live close by. The phone girl could not seem to understand after I repeatedly told her that I wanted 2 FRESH strudels, and told me that she could not guarantee this as I may receive a frozen one. What? The customer service here is terrible, and in reality there is no service to the customer. I wanted to give this place a chance and called them on 2 separate occasions asking to place an order and was not accomodated. I was told that their customers are not so picky and are happy fo buy frozen, Are you kidding me? Terrible service and product.

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I have been a loyal Dinkel's customer for 17 years. Unfortunately, the past 4 years have been very disappointing, and I have stopped going there altogether, except to order the one cake I know they won't screw up - and that is the White Rose Cake! (It is delicious!) The last two birthday cake orders were screwed up entirely. In fact, I had selected a birthday cake from the website and, to my dismay, when I went to pick the cake up, it was an entirely different design.

And my orders for Christmas have been screwed up every year for 4 years!

I do not know what has happened to Dinkel's over the past 4 years - but it isn't good. I only wish that they would improve so I can return as a customer!

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★★☆☆☆

I have been a loyal Dinkel's customer for 17 years. Unfortunately, the past 4 years have been very disappointing, and I have stopped going there altogether, except to order the one cake I know they won't screw up - and that is the White Rose Cake! (It is delicious!) The last two birthday cake orders were screwed up entirely. In fact, I had selected a birthday cake from the website and, to my dismay, when I went to pick the cake up, it was an entirely different design.

And my orders for Christmas have been screwed up every year for 4 years!

I do not know what has happened to Dinkel's over the past 4 years - but it isn't good. I only wish that they would improve so I can return as a customer!

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Obviously all that have written reviews on this place have never been to a real bakery. Perhaps the most overrated and overpriced place I have ever been to. The doughnuts made me want to gag. Greasy and doughy. Disgusting. All the other stuff looked good, but after tasting what I did, I wanted no part of anything else there. Trust me, there are plenty of good bakeries in the city. This is not one of them.

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★☆☆☆☆

Obviously all that have written reviews on this place have never been to a real bakery. Perhaps the most overrated and overpriced place I have ever been to. The doughnuts made me want to gag. Greasy and doughy. Disgusting. All the other stuff looked good, but after tasting what I did, I wanted no part of anything else there. Trust me, there are plenty of good bakeries in the city. This is not one of them.

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Best cookies I have had in years and the cake was just as excellent. It's all about QUALITY and Dinkel's has it. I only wish they were in the south suburbs.

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★★★★★

Best cookies I have had in years and the cake was just as excellent. It's all about QUALITY and Dinkel's has it. I only wish they were in the south suburbs.

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This bakery is like going into a magical place. It has a variety of great pastries, delicious bread and I had their hot chocolate and it was divine. I don't visit the area often, but when I am, I make a special trip to Dinkel's because it is worth it. If you want delicious and fresh, this is the place!

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★☆☆☆☆

This bakery is like going into a magical place. It has a variety of great pastries, delicious bread and I had their hot chocolate and it was divine. I don't visit the area often, but when I am, I make a special trip to Dinkel's because it is worth it. If you want delicious and fresh, this is the place!

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First of all I have to say that my husband and I just moved up north from North Carolina. We went to Dinkel's (after a friend recommended them) to order my birthday cake. I loved all the designs, and even though it was my 31st birthday I ordered a DOLL CAKE! Needless to say, this was the most beautiful cake I have ever seen...BUT WHEN WE TASTED IT...man o man...PURE BLISS! I have NEVER in my life had such wonderful buttercream...it was so fresh, light and creamy...The chocolate cake was delicious too...Everyone at the party loved it! And I think some of my other adult friends will be now ordering the doll cakes too! I had been wishing to share this cake with our friends in NC and just found out I CAN! They have online ordering and they have a chocolate cake I can send down to them!!!!!!!!!!! Dinkels=the BEST! Thank you for creating a new family tradition...We are super excited. To this date we have now ordered and eaten over 15 cakes from Dinkel's and they have all be truly truly YUMMY, beautiful and I feel proud to show them off.

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★★★★★

First of all I have to say that my husband and I just moved up north from North Carolina. We went to Dinkel's (after a friend recommended them) to order my birthday cake. I loved all the designs, and even though it was my 31st birthday I ordered a DOLL CAKE! Needless to say, this was the most beautiful cake I have ever seen...BUT WHEN WE TASTED IT...man o man...PURE BLISS! I have NEVER in my life had such wonderful buttercream...it was so fresh, light and creamy...The chocolate cake was delicious too...Everyone at the party loved it! And I think some of my other adult friends will be now ordering the doll cakes too! I had been wishing to share this cake with our friends in NC and just found out I CAN! They have online ordering and they have a chocolate cake I can send down to them!!!!!!!!!!! Dinkels=the BEST! Thank you for creating a new family tradition...We are super excited. To this date we have now ordered and eaten over 15 cakes from Dinkel's and they have all be truly truly YUMMY, beautiful and I feel proud to show them off.

Pros: 87 years in business-buttercream, cake , customer service, variety of yummies.

Cons: not enough seating on Saturdays...This place is super popular!

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I grew up on a diet of Dinkel's Bakery and Link's Deli (now closed). Do not even pretend to have lived on the north side of Chicago without having gone

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★★★★★

I grew up on a diet of Dinkel's Bakery and Link's Deli (now closed). Do not even pretend to have lived on the north side of Chicago without having gone

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Let me say that i Loved dinkels until yesterday. I had been going there for a few years and always told people how great they were. Well yesterday i went to buy a small cake and order another for saturday. I was so looking forward to eating the cake, You cannot imagine my disappointment and disgust when i found a hair in the frosting! it was a long white hair, my hair is jet black, and it was actually in the frosting not just on top of it. As i took a bite i saw something poking out of the frosting close to the filling, i pulled it out and it was quite long. Needless to say i called this morning cancelled my order for saturday and all the manager could say was "i hope you give us another chance" NEVER again will i go there.

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★☆☆☆☆

Let me say that i Loved dinkels until yesterday. I had been going there for a few years and always told people how great they were. Well yesterday i went to buy a small cake and order another for saturday. I was so looking forward to eating the cake, You cannot imagine my disappointment and disgust when i found a hair in the frosting! it was a long white hair, my hair is jet black, and it was actually in the frosting not just on top of it. As i took a bite i saw something poking out of the frosting close to the filling, i pulled it out and it was quite long. Needless to say i called this morning cancelled my order for saturday and all the manager could say was "i hope you give us another chance" NEVER again will i go there.

Pros: Customer service

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I ordered a cake for my son's birthday and the owner acknowledged the mistake with the order but was very rude and would not give a refund. He called two weeks after the problem and offered a 10% discount on my next cake! He was cheap and did not care about losing business. My friend just ordered two cakes from there (not knowing my experience) and I thought the chocolate one was bland. The vanilla and chocolate was better.

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★☆☆☆☆

I ordered a cake for my son's birthday and the owner acknowledged the mistake with the order but was very rude and would not give a refund. He called two weeks after the problem and offered a 10% discount on my next cake! He was cheap and did not care about losing business. My friend just ordered two cakes from there (not knowing my experience) and I thought the chocolate one was bland. The vanilla and chocolate was better.

Pros: old fashioned taste

Cons: customer service and poor decorations

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Dinkels baked our son's Curious George cake - and it tasted just as good as it looked! Unlike other bakeries who make frosting too sweet to enjoy, Dinkels' cake was edible both inside and out!

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★★★★★

Dinkels baked our son's Curious George cake - and it tasted just as good as it looked! Unlike other bakeries who make frosting too sweet to enjoy, Dinkels' cake was edible both inside and out!

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I was very disappointed in their service. I wanted to order a cake to feed 200 adults. But I wanted to taste it first. I could not taste the cake. If I am paying for a cake that feeds 200 I deserve to taste the cake. So, I took my business elsewhere. They lost my money and I will not consider them again.

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★☆☆☆☆

I was very disappointed in their service. I wanted to order a cake to feed 200 adults. But I wanted to taste it first. I could not taste the cake. If I am paying for a cake that feeds 200 I deserve to taste the cake. So, I took my business elsewhere. They lost my money and I will not consider them again.

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I was very disappointed in the bakery butter cookies I bought last week. I bought a box that was prepacked and sitting on the counter. They were stale and many of them were broken. I used to come to this bakery quite often about 15 years ago and went out of my way to come here for cookies for a special occasion. I was ashamed to serve them.

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★★☆☆☆

I was very disappointed in the bakery butter cookies I bought last week. I bought a box that was prepacked and sitting on the counter. They were stale and many of them were broken. I used to come to this bakery quite often about 15 years ago and went out of my way to come here for cookies for a special occasion. I was ashamed to serve them.

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The atmosphere inside reminds me of the local village bakery in smallville, USA. The frosting is unbelievably wonderful! I haven't tasted every baked item they offer - my waist line won't allow it - but, definitely give the cupcakes and birthday cakes a whirl...you won't be disappointed!

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★★★★★

The atmosphere inside reminds me of the local village bakery in smallville, USA. The frosting is unbelievably wonderful! I haven't tasted every baked item they offer - my waist line won't allow it - but, definitely give the cupcakes and birthday cakes a whirl...you won't be disappointed!

Pros: Cupcakes, Cakes, Frosting, Atmosphere

Cons: Road contruction on the west side of lincoln - parking somewhat difficult during peak hours

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Maybe it's because my sweet tooth isn't as strong any more, but I loved Dinkles when I first tried it, but the last few times I've had cake or pastries from Dinkles, they just haven't been as good. Maybe they weren't fresh, but they tasted a bit dry and not as good as I remember. Dinkles is good for everyday occasions, but I wouldn't go there for special occasions. Sometimes I think a cake from Costco is better or if you really want to splurge, go to a higher-priced bakery with better ingredients and better selection. It's good to support this local institution and its heritage, but as a bakery, I can't say it's outstanding. Their prices are reasonable and their selection is good, but not good enough. Their stuff is sometimes bare bones and basic--gourmet it's not.

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★★★★☆

Maybe it's because my sweet tooth isn't as strong any more, but I loved Dinkles when I first tried it, but the last few times I've had cake or pastries from Dinkles, they just haven't been as good. Maybe they weren't fresh, but they tasted a bit dry and not as good as I remember. Dinkles is good for everyday occasions, but I wouldn't go there for special occasions. Sometimes I think a cake from Costco is better or if you really want to splurge, go to a higher-priced bakery with better ingredients and better selection. It's good to support this local institution and its heritage, but as a bakery, I can't say it's outstanding. Their prices are reasonable and their selection is good, but not good enough. Their stuff is sometimes bare bones and basic--gourmet it's not.

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This bakery is the best one in the city. You walk in, and it just feels like home. The cookies are so delicious, they'll melt in your mouth. When ordering cakes, the staff is friendly and the cakes are delectable!! The smells that emanate from Dinkel's remind me of my grandmother's kitchen. A definite must visit!!! Though, they shouldn't change their cookies so often, the butter cookies with sprinkles are my favorites and sorely missed.

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★★★★★

This bakery is the best one in the city. You walk in, and it just feels like home. The cookies are so delicious, they'll melt in your mouth. When ordering cakes, the staff is friendly and the cakes are delectable!! The smells that emanate from Dinkel's remind me of my grandmother's kitchen. A definite must visit!!! Though, they shouldn't change their cookies so often, the butter cookies with sprinkles are my favorites and sorely missed.

Pros: Food, Ambiance

Cons: Changed cookies, parking

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Conveniently located near the Paulina El stop, this is the place for your morning muffin or donut (at half the price of downtown fare). Go on weekends for the coffee cakes (they sell out fast) or grab a cupcake for your special someone. Great breads and cookies, too, and cakes to order (try the brownie cake).

PROS: great baked goods at reasonable prices
CONS: limited Sunday hours

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★★★★☆

Conveniently located near the Paulina El stop, this is the place for your morning muffin or donut (at half the price of downtown fare). Go on weekends for the coffee cakes (they sell out fast) or grab a cupcake for your special someone. Great breads and cookies, too, and cakes to order (try the brownie cake).

PROS: great baked goods at reasonable prices
CONS: limited Sunday hours

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Pity the poor Chicagoan who hasn't yet discovered Dinkels Bakery. I had the fortune of living within smelling distance of this wonderful business. There is frequently a line, but the wait is worth it. Dinkels is a great whether your looking for a quick snack, or something to take to a party.

PROS: superior baked goods - their sweets are to die for.
CONS: none whatsoever

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★★★★★

Pity the poor Chicagoan who hasn't yet discovered Dinkels Bakery. I had the fortune of living within smelling distance of this wonderful business. There is frequently a line, but the wait is worth it. Dinkels is a great whether your looking for a quick snack, or something to take to a party.

PROS: superior baked goods - their sweets are to die for.
CONS: none whatsoever

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This classic bakery has been around since the 20's, and they must have survived all these years on their impeccable quality. We had a special occasion cake made here, and there are so many possible flavors it was hard to choose - but it was delicious, ready on time and beautifully decorated. We always have an apple strudel around Oktoberfest time, as well as the occasional cookie or donut when we're passing by. This is a great place and must be well run, as I have always gotten great service and delicious food here over the last several years.

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★★★★★

This classic bakery has been around since the 20's, and they must have survived all these years on their impeccable quality. We had a special occasion cake made here, and there are so many possible flavors it was hard to choose - but it was delicious, ready on time and beautifully decorated. We always have an apple strudel around Oktoberfest time, as well as the occasional cookie or donut when we're passing by. This is a great place and must be well run, as I have always gotten great service and delicious food here over the last several years.

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JUST NOT WORTH THE HIGH RATING, IN MY OPINION. FOR TASTE OF FOOD, I GIVE A "HO HUM"

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★★★☆☆

JUST NOT WORTH THE HIGH RATING, IN MY OPINION. FOR TASTE OF FOOD, I GIVE A "HO HUM"

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Since 1922, this family-owned business has offered cakes and other baked goods for weddings, birthdays and showers.

 

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