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Sep 16, 2007 07:33 AM

Is Cobbs the best bakers in TO?

I love bread and pastries and have tried a lot of the main bakers around TO (Brick st, Epi, Ace, Fred to name a few) but none beat Cobbs. But if anyone knows better please point me in the right direction

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  1. Thuet Atelier

    609 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V1M5, CA

    1. I guess it depends on what type of bread you like. Cobbs doesn't do the same type of things as the bakers you list, so perhaps you just like the types of bread Cobbs makes. Though I do enjoy Cobbs' "capeseed loaf", I have to say that I would generally prefer the loaves sold by the bakers you consider inferior.

      1. To each his/her own. I would call Cobs, without question, one of the very worst bakers in town. Some of their breads look great, but most of those I've tried don't taste anywhere near as good as they look. Their sweet goods are, in my opinion, disgusting. But I can't lead you anywhere else, since you have mentioned four of the places I'd lead you to first. All four of the places you mention leave Cobs in the dust. So enjoy Cobs. It's not worth your time and effort to search further. Really.

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        1. re: embee

          I'll second embee. I have no idea why Cobbs is in business. The bread is like sawdust.
          Better than Brick St., Epi, Ace and Fred? I'm working hard to hate the chow, love the chowhound, here.

          1. re: pimentdespelette

            not sawdust - more like doughy, flabby white bread buns

        2. I haven't tried Cobs so I can't comment on the Australian chain store, or any of the others except Ace, which is ubiquitous, stale, and overpriced even in Costco.
          I prefer my local rye and baguette purveyor, Terrance at Breadhouse, Bayly and West Shore, Pickering. The breads are often too warm to slice, and the flavour is better than Ace. Terry's Austrian seeded loaf is great in the car after I leave the store. Only a few loaves per day, however.

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          1. re: jayt90

            I know, everytime I get an Ace baguette these days it is completely stale. I used to love them but I'm getting fed up.
            My votes go to:
            St John's, Stonemill, Thuet

          2. My vote goes to Epi

            Sorry Larry


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            1. re: Davwud

              I wasn't overly impressed with Cobs. Thuet is fantastic, but far. Lately i've been getting bread from St. John's Bakery at the Brickworks market Saturday mornings. Lately we've been getting the Soughdough Olive, which when compared to Epi or Ace is a no-brainer. It must have 4x the olives in the bread. We also tend to get a Mulitgrain Sourdough. I find that their breads hold up better on the second and third day than Ace, Epi or Cobs.....

              1. re: kmoore

                Wow I am amazed to see that someone would consider Cobbs the best bread in the city. Maybe it was just the items that I ordered there that were bland and gluey. What is it about the breads there that you like so much?

                1. re: kmoore

                  I have a bit of a soft spot for Epi. I went in there for my first visit and only wanted a roll to make a sandwich for lunch. They didn't charge me for it. Won me over.

                  Never beet to St. J or Th.


                  1. re: kmoore

                    Buy ST. John's directly from its shop on Broadview Avenue (north of Queen). It's cheaper than if you purchase at the locations where the set up (e.g. Withrow Park, Brickworks, etc.).