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Leah's - New Bakery on St. Clair W.

Leah's is a new bakery that just opened this weekend at 621 St. Clair W. (at Wychwood). It's a very small and cute spot. Leah Kalish (the owner/baker) has catered desserts for various spots (Whole Foods, Pusateri's...) for a long time but I think this is the first time she's had her own store. Many of us know her for her very yummy biscotti. It's a welcome addition to the neighborhood.

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  1. Hey that's great news....and close by for us.....Yes, her 'biscotti' are really good!! I hope she will make 'her version' of Rugelach.....I used to love 'Lock Stock & Bagel's rugelach and was sorry to see them close up shop (mind you..their 'food' was nothing to write home about IMHO) Welcome to the neighbourhood LEAH!

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    1. re: pearlD

      Leah had a bakery years ago on Eglinton West and baked for GMB, a kosher caterer. Does anyone know if she has severed ties with GMB?

    2. Have you been? I have driven by but have not had a chance to go in -- what would you recommend? Is it just desserts? I am looking forward to getting the chance to try it.

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      1. re: BFOODIE300

        I agree with you about the butter tarts: there is very little pastry (it's very thin, albeit a bit tough) and lots of ooey, gooey, buttery filling. The chocolate pecan butter tarts are also great.

        I also bought some chocolate chip almond biscotti (more like Jewish mandelbroit in my opinion, which is what Leah likely grew up with), which are very good. The mini chicken pot pie is lovely.

        The only disappointments were the chocolate cupcake (odd texture and flavour) and the bag of bagel pizzas I bought. I realized as I was paying that, although Leah's sticker is on the pizza bag, they're Gryfe's product.

        Every time I drive by (which is at least couple of times a week), they seem to be very busy. A good sign.

        1. re: Tatai

          Just tried the butter tarts yesterday- nice version, although a little pricey at $2.75 each. But certainly high quality ingredients.

          Good lemon bars, too! Cute place. Happy this place opened up in the neighbourhood.

        2. re: BFOODIE300

          Those peanut butter chocolate rice crispy squares are pretty awesome, I agree. We love the cheese sticks and the samosas were tasty too. I met the owner and she is extremely welcoming and the place was a hub of happy activity. A very welcome addition to our neighbourhood!

          1. re: MeMeMe

            I bought my son a shortbread smartie cookie when it first opened that was terrific. We bought shortbread and butter tarts there on the weekend and I was not as blown away. The butter tarts were a bit heavy and sweet and not buttery and runny which is my preference. And I tend to like a saltier shortbread. I will definitely try them again though since they are in the hood and I love sweets.

        3. I saw this place on the way to Green Barns a couple of week-ends ago and thought it looked quite cute. Do they serve espresso drinks or just pastries?

          1. Everything is delish!!!
            Lemon bars are amazing. The chocolate peanut butter rice krispies are really addictive. I love the orange muffins. They are my go to. The bruleed french toast is also really good. Her desserts are inventive yet simplistic. Leah's bakery is one more reason to love living in the area.

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            1. re: sophiecb

              Cutest new opening on St.Clair - love the smell as I walk by - reminds my youth when my mom ran a bakery. Popped in a few times - you can tell there is a sense of community and everyone knows each other. I really enjoyed the lemon bars! They were lemony, and not eggy, but I would stay away from the croissants...

              1. re: foodgoeshere

                I love lemon bars! My dad too. I want to try them. Where exactly on St Clair is this place? Did you try the butter tarts?
                Oh dear! I should stay away but I am going that way tomorrow.... I am going!

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                St Clair Restaurant
                69 St Clair St, Chatham, ON N7L3H8, CA

                1. re: froglegs

                  Address is in the original post. It's on the SW corner. :-)

                  1. re: toveggiegirl

                    oh Yeah I guess I missed that! Thanks!

                    1. re: froglegs

                      No problem! Report back with your thoughts. :-)

            2. I found it expensive for what you get, although I applaud the entrepreneurship involved.
              I would not recommend the spinach pastie/empanada

              1. Been a while since this thread. Been to Leah's a number of times and have foudn it very average for above average pricing. Home made sandwich cookie was ok but not stellar, nanaimo bars are average too, brownies are of supermarket standard, cupcakes were dense and stale with thick crusted icing that broke off like royal icing, croissants are downright bad, the butter tarts were, however, definitely above average. Nice staff. We live nearby but it's too expensive for average fare. But boy does the store sure smell ncie at 6 am when they're baking for the day and I'm out walking to dog.

                1. Love their beef empanada - basically a brisket-filled emapanada - and chicken pot pie.