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Looking for best sourdough in Toronto

nineinchnails Jul 12, 2008 02:05 PM

Who makes the best sourdough in Toronto? I'm on the East End.

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  1. pescatarian RE: nineinchnails Jul 12, 2008 03:19 PM

    I like the bread at St. John's Bakery. They have different breads - so far I've tried a sourdough type bread called Angeligus that I can taste the sourdough base in. I have also had their multigrain seed bread, which is very good. They had nice looking olive breads and a raisin walnut today, but I had limited funds on me because I stopped there during my run. Next I want to try the Fife bread.
    They have a location on Broadview, north of Queen on the east side. I can also buy their breads at Fresh From the Farm on Donlands.

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      giftable RE: nineinchnails Jul 12, 2008 04:34 PM

      best sourdough in the city, hands down, is cob's. there's a few locations but my fave is kensington market. go early, though! they usually run out by 2ish

      1. Food Tourist RE: nineinchnails Jul 12, 2008 05:05 PM

        Try Altitude on Queen East or the walnut sourdough at Brick St. Bakery off Queen East.

        1. Otonabee RE: nineinchnails Jul 12, 2008 05:18 PM

          Jamie Kennedy's Gilead Cafe (in Corktown) has an absolutely amazing bread made with Red Fife flour. Also, (when they have it) Brick Street Bakery in the distillery has an excellent one as well.

          Have to also agree with the St. John's Bakery suggestion, their bread is quite good as well.

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            halugii RE: Otonabee Jul 13, 2008 08:11 PM

            i'm not a sourdough pro, but i second jamie kennedy's red fife sourdough. my friend and i finished a loaf down at the beach today and it was great just like that

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            embee RE: nineinchnails Jul 12, 2008 10:25 PM

            Excellent sourdoughs at Brick Street (on Logan and at the Distillery) and at St John's (freshest on Broadview north of Queen). Nothing shabby about Ace or Fred's breads either, mass distribution or not. Silverstein's rye, fresh from the bakery and unbagged, shouldn't disappoint. I'd pass on Cob's.

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              merlot143 RE: nineinchnails Jul 12, 2008 11:01 PM

              Another vote for the sourdough at St. John's. A relatively wide selection of sourdoughs, too. I'm not a big fan of Brick Street sourdoughs (good but not excellent). I find their breads a bit dry compared to St. John's. I bought Ace Bakery sourdough and really didn't like it -- far too heavy.

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                thora RE: merlot143 Sep 23, 2008 06:12 PM

                Another vote for St. John's here too. Their olive cilantro bread won me over immediately!

              2. jayt90 RE: nineinchnails Jul 13, 2008 04:57 AM

                No sourdough but superb rye breads at the Breadhouse in Pickering. Easily worth a special trip off 401 when going through the town.

                http://www.chow.com/uploads/8/6/3/923... (photo with Dunn's smoked meat from Costco


                Breadhouse Bakery
                893 Bayly St, Pickering, ON L1W, CA

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                  tasoid RE: nineinchnails Jul 13, 2008 08:53 AM

                  If you can get over to King West, try Thuet.. Both the restaurant and Atelier Thuet sell great sourdough in multiple flavours.


                  1. estufarian RE: nineinchnails Jul 14, 2008 07:33 AM

                    Thuet, Thuet, Thuet.
                    Phenomenal bread - and I'm not a fan of his restaurant.

                    1. Davedigger RE: nineinchnails Sep 23, 2008 01:33 PM

                      How about some recos in the West end? Nothing fancy, no different flavours, just plain old fashioned sourdough bread. If anyone has had it in Seattle, that's the type I'm referring to.

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                        Mila RE: nineinchnails Sep 24, 2008 06:32 AM

                        I love Stonemill Bakery sourdough, available at SLM. The San Francisco Sourdough is great and there are usually a couple other varieties. German bakers know how to do sourdough right.

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                          Davedigger RE: Mila Sep 24, 2008 08:42 AM

                          I was hoping for something more in the south Etobicoke area, but it looks like I'm going to have to get my sorry butt out of bed early one Saturday and head down to SLM.


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                            Mila RE: Davedigger Sep 24, 2008 08:56 AM

                            There are these retail locations and an outlet, far far north.

                            But I would totally recommend SLM to get the fresh fresh product.
                            Sorry about your butt. : (

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                              Davedigger RE: Mila Sep 24, 2008 09:02 AM

                              Well then! I'll give it a try a Sobey's first.

                              Thanks for the condolances. LOL!!

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