Searching for German/Austrian foods in Toronto
We're hosting a pilsner tasting - we've got the main things covered:
(a) pilsner :)
-- and desserts - strudel, black forest cake (can't remember the german term) etc.
But for picky apps kinda things I don't know where to look. For pretzels for example. For damn good sauerkraut. For candies and things to put in gift bags.
I thought maybe you could all help :)
Oh and it's this Saturay - but I have all day Friday and Saturday am to go hunting....
You can buy pretzel buns at Longo's, at York Mills & Don Mills, though I'm not sure how many they might have on hand, generally.
I have purchased pretzels from Sticklings, but it's near Peterborough. They do have many retail stores in Toronto selling their goods, however, so you could probably call them and see if they could have a pretzel order delivered by Saturday to a location near you.
For sauerkraut, there is a real one at Fresh from the Farm (Donlands & O'Connor), sold in a jar. I say real because it is made with cabbage and salt, and the sourness comes from fermentation not added acid/vinegar. Generally, though, I try to buy sauerkraut from the St. Jacob's farmers' market.
For other things, you could try Vienna Meats in Scarborough. I have never been (though I have been meaning to go), so I'm not sure of the range of things they sell; you could call them and check, before heading out there.
Here's a thread about them - they had a fire some time ago but have been open again since the summer.
There's a German grocery store in Etobicoke (the name escapes me) on Kipling/Jutland right next door to European Quality Meats. I used to live in Germany and go to this store often to pick up things I used to buy while living there. They've got a pretty good selection of stuff. Lots of Germany candies, a huge selection of Milka chocolate, cookies, lots of canned goods, etc...
The address for European Meats is 16 Jutland Rd, Etobicoke, ON M8Z 2G9. If you're standing in front of European and facing it, the German grocery store is the building directly next door to the left.
if you're near downtown, you can try Reither's deli on Church Street. They have the real deal in terms of imported German and Austrian mustards, sauerkraut, and other condiments, and a big selection of Austrian biscuits/chocolates/candies. It's not the cheapest, but you could do a lot in one stop.
For fresh pretzels and salzstangerl I would recommend the Dimpflmeier Bakery factory outlet.
Brandt Meat's factory store in Mississauga is full of German goodies, as well as killer hyper-fresh wurst.
re: Crepes Suzette
Brandt and Dimp's sadly aren't that close. Dimp's is just east of Kipling but Brandt is considerably further west along Dundas in MIssissauga east of Dixie.Though Brandt products are sold widely, you'll get far better selection, freshness and prices at the factory store. BTW, their lunch counter is great, too.
re: Crepes Suzette
In heavy mid to late day traffic, Dundas W can crawl along making it a good deal more than 10 minutes and, no, there's no TTC connection since Brandt is well into MIssissauga. You can find German/Mittel Europe-style meats around Dimp's and some associated goodies,too, but Brandt has more.