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Where can one get a good loaf of Egg Bread in Toronto (DT preferred)??

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  1. Hi danthediner,
    My recommendation in the downtown core is Harbord Bakery. Never had one myself but I heard they are good.
    Other options that I can vouch for are the Yonge and Eg What A Bagel, or if you want to go more north, any jewish bakery along Bathurst. But if you go there, ask for a Challah :)
    They should also have at the Loblaws at Bathurst and St Clair.
    If you want the freshest, pick up on a Friday before sunset.

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    1. re: Mandy Lin

      Definite vote for Harbord Bakery's egg bread. Wonderfully light, and rich eggy taste.

    2. I second going to Bathurst & Wilson area, specifically Daiters. I have tried many a challah (the jewish word for egg bread) and have found their braided one to be the best. It is just crusty enough on the outside and super-soft and slightly sweet on the inside. But be warned: they are only available on Fridays and often sell out.

      1. danthediner, do you need this for cooking (it makes the best French toast and bread pudding) or for serving as bread? If it's for cooking that you need it, I'd recommend buying it as a rectangular loaf, rather than a braided one.

        Harbord Bakery's challahs (both shapes) are the best, in my opinion, followed by What-A-Bagel (the location on Eglinton east of Allen Rd. makes a chocolate chip version that's amazing!). Open Window/Health Bread makes a good rectangular loaf that is available at many supermarkets.

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        1. re: Tatai

          It's not hard to find a good Challah in Toronto. I usually get mine at Bagel Plus, a bakery/restaurant in the sprawling plaza on the northwest corner of Sheppard Ave. and Bathurst St. But there are about a half-dozen or more other Jewish-style bakeries on or near Bathurst between Eglinton and Steeles Ave. W. that make it just as well. And you don't have to seek out a Jewish bakery. The Stonemill bakery on the lower level of the south-side St. Lawrence Market puts out a first-class Challah for about $4, which seems to be the going rate for Challah nowadays.

          1. re: Tatai

            My favourite variety comes from Open Window Bakery.
            I believe there is one at Bathurst and Sheppard.

            1. re: pancake

              You might be surprised, but T&T carried a wonderful Egg Bread (Challah).
              Cheaper and larger than the standard square Challah's.
              I now prefer it to the others, and it makes the best French Toast

              1. re: erly

                My favourite Challah is made by "Isaac's Bakery" on west side of Bathurst in a little strip plaza (actually only 2 stores!) just a smidge south of Ranee..beside a 'Tire (Goodyear?) Store'. You must get there before mid aftertoon as they sell out fast..I also like Daiter's on the east side of Bathurst (across from Baycrest).

                1. re: erly

                  Sorry,
                  I meant carries, not past tense.
                  I would be interested to know if any of the Challa mavens have tried it.
                  It sometimes gets sold out by evening, but is always super fresh.

                  1. re: erly

                    Sorry, I detest the Harbord Bakery Egg Bread. Seems to be lacking something.
                    I go for "Future Bread" when it comes to egg bread. Try anty Deli in Bloor West Village for Future Bread products or go to the bakery itself in the West End.

            2. I think Future Bakery has the best Egg Bread in town. Go to their outlet at the St. Lawrence Market.

              By the way Challah is not Egg Bread. Real Egg Bread has milk as one of the ingredients.

              1. The best I've had so far in town is at Francesca Italian bakery on McCowan and Invergordon (just south of Sheppard) Every Friday the make a plain one with sesame seeds on top and a sweet one with raisins and brown sugar on top.

                I've also had a very good one from Yitz's Deli on Eglinton at Avenue Road, but I haven't been up there in a while.

                1. If you want the Jewish Challah, then Harbord Bakery is far and away the best. However, make sure you go on Friday and get their special Shabbat Challah. Get one for the freezer!

                  1. I will disagree with all of you. I know you want DT, but take a drive up to Thornhill for a bit and hit Cafe Sheli in the Promenade Village Shops.

                    They make them a there a little bit different than most places and much sweeter.

                    It is almost like eating candy in bread form (well not that sweet, but you get the idea)

                    Highly recommended!