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Feb 9, 2009 09:39 AM

lemon tarts/squares?

Hi everyone,

My close friend's birthday is coming up and he's a huge fan of lemon desserts, more specifically lemon squares/tarts (as opposed to lemon meringue pies) and I was wondering if anyone knew where I can find the best ones in the city?

Thanks for all your help in advance. :)


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  1. The best ones I have had are at Mabel's on Roncesvalles. Everything there is amazing

    1. Where are you located? You can get a pretty great Tarte Au Citron at Patisserie Zane at Woodbine and Queen. I'm sure you can get one made by Rahier or Clafouti at Pusateri on Bay in Yorkville, but it will cost you.

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      1. re: currycue

        I'm located downtown around U of T, so I'm open to any place isnt too inaccessible from the subway line.

        Thanks for the suggestions so far! :)

        1. re: ellebelle

          Well, you're on the west side, so I'd say either Pain Perdu (St. Clair and Christie), Clafouti (Queen and Strachan) or the aforementioned Pusateri at Bay and Yorkville. Personally, of the 3, I think the best would be at Pain Perdu.

      2. Not sure if they're the best since I'm not a fan of them, but my friend really loves the ones at She Takes the Cake (Dundas and Brock).

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        1. re: LTL

          She Takes the Cake does make yummy desserts but don't count on them if you're planning to pre-order. They seem very disorganized and completely screwed up a major order of mine.

          1. re: torontofoodiegirl

            That's too bad! The service (for walk ins, not pre-order) is usually very nice and attentive.

            1. re: LTL

              Yes, she was very pleasant in person, but totally messed up our order and, on becoming aware of the screw-up, made lots of promises (re: compensating us) that were never fulfilled. Appalling business management, but yummy cake...

        2. Flaky Tart on Mt. Pleasant makes a beautiful lemon tart.

          1. Hi
            Queen of Tarts on Roncesvalles also has a great lemon tart.

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            1. re: ocean

              On another thread, sometime ago, I agreed that Queen Of Tarts, looked good, but everything tasted bland, and the Lemon Tart, wasn't very lemony, or Tart.
              Told DH about Mabel's after reading this post, and he surprised me on Valentines Day with 3 raspberry Cheese and 3 Lemon Tarts (Did he think that I could eat 6 Tarts?).. from what he thought was Mabel's.
              He saw the word Tart and it was Ronscesvalles, so he went to Queen Of Tarts in error.
              I have not been there for a couple of years, and they must have read the negative comments somewhere along the line.
              The Lemon Tarts were very Lemony, and the Raspberry Cheese were excellent.
              The crust is still too thick and heavy, but I would assume this is to avoid losses due to breakage, so, now I do recommend Queen Of Tarts.
              In a couple of weeks, will still try Mabels.

              1. re: erly

                i'm surprised no one mentioned wanda's pie in the sky. the lemon/coconut squares are simply dreamy! it's in kensington, but i think you can buy them elsewhere (fresh and wild - the grocery store @ king/spadina) comes to mind.