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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.