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“Dishonnest”

Pekara Bakery & Bistro
Ranked #1 of 5 Bakeries in Champaign
Price range: $5 - $10
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Outdoor Seating
travelpro123
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461 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 405 helpful votes
“Dishonnest”
Reviewed December 16, 2012

Pekara bakes probably the best baguettes and croissants in the otherwise culinary-poor Champaign-Urbana area, with Panera on Kirby being a close second. The owner is not from Paris but from Serbia, yet the baked goods are good. However on a recent Sunday morning visit I asked the sales person whether the croissants are from yesterday or today. She looked me straight in the eye and beamed that they were fresh from today! Swell, this is great! The disappointment was great when I served them at home: Dry and compact like a buffing sponge. The Pekara owners, management and staff, any business for that matter, should understand that customers are not stupid, you know. Disappointing.

  • Visited December 2012
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Burlington, Vermont, United States
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Delicious Breads and Brunch”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

One of the best places in downtown Champaign. They offer up delicious bread to buy by the loaf. It's also a nice spot for breakfast or brunch with their crepe and omelet menu.

Visited November 2012
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Silver Spring MD
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38 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Coffee so so and not very attentive”
Reviewed September 18, 2012

We stopped in here for sweet treats and coffee. We ordered 2 coffees and 1 decaf plus 2 cookies, The guy at the register told us they didn't have decaf. We ordered a decaf Americano instead. They gave us 2 of the same cookie (not what we ordered). Got that straightened out. Then I saw them preparing a cappuccino for us. Wrong. They guy charged me for 1 coffee and 1 cappuccino. I had to have my credit card credited and then charged again for the correct amount. The coffee we finally received was rather weak. The cookies were just OK. Not a very good experience all around.

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank Georgespicer
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Champaign, Illinois
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53 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Great Ice Cream and Dessert”
Reviewed August 22, 2012

They are the best at Pekara. They have really good coffee and terimee sou and chocolate cake. everything they have is delicous!

  • Visited August 2012
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Thank Jason T
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Champaign, Illinois
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391 reviews
273 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
“Above average Bakery with great sandwiches..good place for lunch”
Reviewed July 18, 2012

Like the menu, the freshness of the product, excellent baked goods..good place for lunch

Visited July 2012
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