Excellent patisserie and bakeries with decent prices?
I know your pain for the search for the perfect croissant, the tastiest brioche, the best eclair and so on and so forth. My personal favourite is Rahier for their croissants. Perfectly light, crisp, and buttery.. but I am getting off topic.
Not to downplay all of the information available on Chowhound. But if you go to Yummy Baguette.com (see Link)it will give an almost complete list of the more popular bakeries and patisseries in Toronto, and some info on other cities.
Yummy Baguette gives each shop a rating in terms of price, quality, and service. As well as the address and phone info. The problem I have with Yummy Baguette is that the staff only post those places they like, and therefore the reviews are a tad one-sided and should be taken with a grain of salt.
Hope this helps.
If you are near the Beaches, there is a new pastry shop called Zane Patisserie. I had a croissant that was buttery and flakey without being greasy. The pastries looked good (I haven't tasted them yet).
The now defunct Patisserie Tournayre has been replaced by Kaffeehaus Konditor, a Viennese coffee house. I sampled their apple strudle, shape-8 danish and some other flaky square with custard inside, and they were all very good. Unfortunately, their croissant was disappointing.
Zane Patisserie is at 1852 Queen St. E., 416-690-2813; Kaffeehaus Konditor is at 1856 Queen St. E., 416-693-7997.