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Hot Oven Bakery @ Cloverdale Mall

Hondapendragon May 7, 2009 08:12 AM

Hello all,

I've just recently discovered this bakery and I was curious if others here have tried it and could recommend what's good.

I've tried their bread, which is quite nice (all-grain and challah), as well as the sour cherry danish (great!)... but my boyfriend tried the cinnamon twisty and it was too yeasty.

A quick search here also shows that the butter tarts are hit and miss.

Any suggestions?

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    Dean Tudor RE: Hondapendragon May 7, 2009 09:08 AM

    HOB is also in Bloor West Village at Runnymede (formerly Sunglow location), and will be opening ithe Kingsway on Bloor.

    Their savoury pot pies are usually pretty good.

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      blue bike RE: Dean Tudor May 7, 2009 06:01 PM

      I stopped going to the Bloor West Village location because they don't wear gloves when you ask them to slice the bread (i.e. they are touching the money, and god knows what else and the bread). Also, there are no tongs for buns and I saw people going through breads and putting back on the shelf.

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        dannyboy RE: blue bike May 8, 2009 07:56 AM

        did they lick it too? they wear gloves i'm there all the time : S

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          Manybears RE: blue bike May 8, 2009 08:51 AM

          The staff has been extremely careful about using plastic bags to touch the bread when handling it the 4-5 times I've been there.

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            blue bike RE: Manybears May 8, 2009 02:22 PM

            They wear only one glove and they did touch the bread with the other hand while lifting it up from the slicing machine. And not just one time. So I don't think it's an isolated incident.

      2. burningrome RE: Hondapendragon May 7, 2009 09:14 AM

        I go to the BWV one all the time - love the olive boule, the asiago and cracked pepper bread, chocolate croissants......

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          iamafoodie RE: burningrome May 7, 2009 12:15 PM

          Their large pans of turkey and chicken pot pies are exceptionally good if you need to feed a group effortlessly. Get extra because everyone will want seconds.

        2. JamieK RE: Hondapendragon May 7, 2009 02:28 PM

          I agree with the recommendations for the pot pies, they're great.

          Hot Oven
          250 The East Mall, Toronto, ON M9B, CA

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            tuttebene RE: Hondapendragon May 7, 2009 03:11 PM

            I gotta chime in and say the chicken pot pies as well. Lots of moist chicken, flaky pastry and not runny with gravy. They also make a very good lemon meringue pie, date squares, and cheese sticks. Their birthday cakes used to be good but I myself haven't purchased one in many years. I make a point of stopping in whenever I'm in that part of town. You can judge how good it is by the line-ups to get served; has been like that for decades even though the owner has changed a few times.

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              ms. cornbread RE: Hondapendragon May 7, 2009 05:28 PM

              Try the orange chiffon cake (I think that's what it's called). Deeeelicious. Nice orange flavour and I love the texture.

              I also enjoy their shortbread cookies. Haven't tried the Bloor outlet yet, but have been eating from the Cloverdale mall location for over 20 years.

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                beergal RE: Hondapendragon May 7, 2009 08:48 PM

                Their pot pies are kinda famous. They have been featured in the Star.
                I enjoy the raspberry danish. Its the best one i've been able to find. They also make great sandwiches.

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                  jacu RE: Hondapendragon May 8, 2009 07:51 AM

                  The Cloverdale Mall Hot Oven makes the best butter tarts in the city. Period.

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                    LovesToEat RE: jacu May 8, 2009 08:46 AM

                    I'll have to try their pot pies. We always get their date cookies. OMG, so good!

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                    thepinkdonut RE: Hondapendragon May 10, 2009 09:25 AM

                    Everything is good EXCEPT the banana bread/hawaiian bread and the chelsea buns. I've bought these a couple of times from the Bloor West location and they were unspeakably dry. I returned the first lot for a refund with no problem, but the second time I tried to return the bread, I got a lot of attitude. IT may have been that one lady but my parents have been going to the etobicoke location since it opened, and we expect better.

                    I love the almond bars and the tiger bars!!

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                      Marniee RE: Hondapendragon May 10, 2009 12:45 PM

                      The orange chiffon cake is really good and I love their butter tarts too. They used to sell amazing donuts but no longer do so. At first I thought it was because of competition from Tim Hortons around the corner (at Cloverdale) but it seems that the BWV location doesn't have donuts either.

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                        Hondapendragon RE: Hondapendragon May 12, 2009 08:47 AM

                        Just an update...

                        I tried the butter tarts and love them! the gooey insides are just perfect for me. the bf however, did NOT like his and couldn't eat it... LUCKY ME!!

                        Also tried the steak and mushroom pot pie. Pretty good, but skimpy on the meat. I will try the chicken pot pie next.

                        I'm dying to try that long and twisty bread with the olives in it... maybe next time.

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