Hot Oven Bakery @ Cloverdale Mall
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.
re: Dean Tudor
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.
I agree with the recommendations for the pot pies, they're great.
250 The East Mall, Toronto, ON M9B, CA
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.
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.