Clarke's is the real deal. Matthew always has a smile for anyone who walks in the door, and who can resist his Irish charm? He's talked more friends than I can count into trying the Irish breakfast (which yes, does include two kinds of blood sausage). It's not just a bakery, though the fresh made treats are constantly tempting. They also serve breakfast and lunch with several tables to the side of the space. The soups are wonderful, and the daily special is always something to look for. And although this is an Irish bakery - technically - it is my go to place for Packzi's just before Lent. They are the best, and the donuts they serve up daily are just as incredible and fresh.
21560 N Chapel Hill DrDeer Park, IL 60010
Ambrosia is one of the top bakeries in Barrington, hands down. It is a true European patisserie, serving not just the most delicious fresh baked goods but also coffees and sandwiches. I enjoy meeting friends there for tea, where they have a wide variety of selections even for those who aren't tea fans. The cakes prepared on site are gorgeous to behold and always a welcome addition to any party. Sitting outside during the warm weather sipping on a mocha and enjoying a crispy, chewy chocolate croissant is the perfect way to spend a morning.