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domesticgodess Jul 5, 2007 07:25 PM

Went to Athens Bakery this past week for the first time in a long time.
Naturally I ordered those little fried dough balls that are in a syrup...sprinkled
with cinnamon. Not sure why I only ordered 6 and not a dozen...YUMMY.
Does anyone know what Im referring too? Has anyone ordered anything else from this bakery...

  1. kwass Jan 5, 2012 08:34 PM

    I order those little fried dough balls every time I'm in the area. They're so good, I'm not even interested in anything else when I'm there...lol

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      courgette Jul 26, 2007 06:25 PM

      There is also an Athens on Victoria Park between the 401 and Sheppard. It's in a most unlikely place... a strip mall on the east side of the street across from Enbridge. Same Athens quality, same wares, but you can actually find parking! The bougatsa is my favourite.

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        gogol Jul 8, 2007 08:40 PM

        Their spanokopita is excellent - we regularly buy a whole, unbaked pie for a quick, vegetarian mid-week meal at home.

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        1. re: gogol
          millygirl Jul 11, 2007 12:19 PM

          Hey gogol, are you referring to Athens or Select?

          1. re: millygirl
            gogol Jul 25, 2007 07:52 PM

            Athens - it's not on the menu board but you can get an uncooked pie to go. I think it's $10...they'll even give you a small cheat sheet with cooking instructions if you ask.

            1. re: gogol
              Tara9000 Jul 27, 2007 08:27 AM

              The baclava at Select is heavenly! The one dipped slightly in chocolate is the best.

        2. pinstripeprincess Jul 6, 2007 09:20 AM

          arz has this fantastic persian version that's not as ball like and more crispy.. it kind of looks like one of those ikea pegs with the ridges. anyhow, it's got saffron in it and it's just so fantastic.

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          1. re: pinstripeprincess
            domesticgodess Jul 6, 2007 10:32 AM

            so...where can I find good "gulab jamun"...? now I need to compare...LOL

            1. re: domesticgodess
              foodyDudey Jul 6, 2007 10:50 AM

              You can usually find it at any Indian Restaurant or sweets place. If you go to the buffet at Mahar (Gerrard St) you can eat as many as you desire!


              1. re: domesticgodess
                estragon Jul 6, 2007 11:03 AM

                Same with the buffet at Little India, on Queen. Yum!

                Little India
                255 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V1Z4, CA

                1. re: estragon
                  millygirl Jul 6, 2007 02:24 PM

                  Hey domestic godess, you should also try them from Select Bakery at Donlands and O'Connor....a little bit off the beaten track but just as good, perhaps even better than Athens.

                2. re: domesticgodess
                  vorpal Jul 6, 2007 04:05 PM

                  I'd recommend walking through the Indian Bazaar and stopping at a few sweet shops to buy a couple from each. Bring home and compare! They can be quite different and you're bound to find one that suits your personal palate.

                  I like mine cold and soft with hints of cardamom and rose essence. Yum!

              2. shana Jul 6, 2007 07:47 AM

                and the best part athen's is nut free - so if yuo have friends and family who have a nut allergy you can feel good about bringing these home. I also like to get the spinach and cheese pies.

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                  cybergod Jul 5, 2007 08:00 PM

                  The Galaktoboureko (a semolina custard, made with their house-made phyllo pastry) is good too. Gotta like those Loukoumades though. They're like the ultimate gourmet timbit!

                  And, if you ever need fresh phyllo dough for home baking, they sell it...

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                  1. re: cybergod
                    thenurse Jul 5, 2007 08:12 PM

                    I think the Indian version is the ultimate timbit... Gulab Jamun.

                    1. re: thenurse
                      estragon Jul 6, 2007 03:38 AM

                      I love both -- in fact, had some loukoumades from Athens Bakery just last night. Loukoumades are far lighter than gulab jamun. Just try eating a dozen gulab jamun in one go!

                      1. re: thenurse
                        vorpal Jul 6, 2007 05:26 AM

                        I agree with this completely... Gulab Jamun are heavenly!

                    2. thenurse Jul 5, 2007 07:37 PM


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