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Sweet Tooth Pastry Shop (Danforth)

red dragon Sep 16, 2010 05:30 AM

There is a coupon of the day for this shop, has anyone been there, is it worth it?

http://www.sweettoothpastry.com/

TIA!

  1. foodyDudey Sep 16, 2010 06:43 AM

    I live less than 5 minutes away and have never been. Shops that are doing well don't usually need coupons to bring in the customers.
    To me, all their stuff looks like something you would see at a kid's birthday party. I usually buy pastries from Roger Wils at the farmer's market in Withrow Park, you should try his chocolate or pear tarts. I am sure that any of his pastries and baked goods are better than what you will find in that store, unless you want something for a kid's party.

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      hungryabbey Sep 16, 2010 05:59 PM

      Hm, what else does Roger have??

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        foodyDudey Sep 16, 2010 06:45 PM

        It varies each week. Recently he had some pastries made out of a dough like a cruler donut, with whipped cream inside. He always has a pastry with leeks, tomatoes, thyme etc on it. He has various other almond tarts and clafoutis, cookies, meat pies, soups etc and it's all very good. You just can't go wrong buying any of it.

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          hungryabbey Sep 16, 2010 06:55 PM

          great! Im so excited. When does the farmers market end?

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            foodyDudey Sep 17, 2010 07:02 AM

            It ends when the farming season is over. You can still get good tomatoes but this Saturday will probably be the peak week for them. Haystrom farms has great heirloom tomatoes.

            Check this link for more info on this weeks' Harvest fest

            http://www.withrowpark.ca/wiki/wiki.p...

             
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            Full tummy Sep 16, 2010 08:23 PM

            OMG doughnut with whipped cream inside. I am so there...

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              foodyDudey Sep 17, 2010 07:06 AM

              If you are coming this weekend, I'd suggest getting there around 9:30 am. Some vendors have sold out of certain products by 10:30

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                Splendid Wine Snob Sep 17, 2010 08:22 AM

                Awesome FD-thanks for the heads up!

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                  millygirl Sep 17, 2010 08:26 AM

                  Yeah, looks great....thanks FD. I guess I'd better set the alarm clock LOL

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        ms. cornbread Sep 16, 2010 07:28 AM

        My experience there was terrible, and I generally love all baked goods - I have a massive um, sweet tooth.

        I had the worst macaron of my life there, it was hard like a brick, stale, sickeningly sweet. I couldn't finish it. Everything else I had was meh to bad. Overpriced and dry/stale. I remember a disappointing cookie, cupcake, and something else. This is based on one experience but enough to make me not ever want to return.

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          millygirl Sep 16, 2010 08:20 AM

          +1.

          Been once or twice, had a look and walked out. Agree with FD, almost everything is covered in a thick slab of fondant and very unappealing at that. For me to walk out of a bakery without buying anything is unheard of. Speaks volumes.

          Don't bother with the coupon - it ain't worth it. Trust us!

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            red dragon Sep 17, 2010 06:03 PM

            I passed, thanks for the warning!!

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            hungryabbey Sep 16, 2010 05:59 PM

            Stale is a good word. I have bought a few tarts and brownies there lately in a pinch and .. .. they're just... not worth the calories.

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            julesrules Sep 16, 2010 08:26 AM

            I haven't been in a few years, because I have to agree that most items are stale and not that great to begin with. Also very overpriced - like $4 for a cupcake that was full-on stale. They apparently do have (had?) some association with Phipps which is mystifying. On Saturday mornings they did bring in croissants that were fresh and decent quality and muffins that seem ok, but anything else seemed guaranteed to be stale. And they are not baking anything there afaik, it is not an actual "bakery".

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              red dragon Sep 16, 2010 10:12 AM

              Thanks for all the quick and informative replies! Baking is my passion,and I'm always interested in trying other baked goods, but will truly pass on this one!

              Appreciate the feedback.

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                foodyDudey Sep 16, 2010 10:23 AM

                If you live in the area, you should try the products I mentioned in my earlier post, from Roger Wils. He was the owner of Cafe Brussel.

                The article below indicates he was a baker before opening a restaurant.

                http://stevemunro.ca/?p=143

                My wife and I just love his products and usually spend $30 or $40 each Saturday at his table in Withrow park. (just telling you so you understand what I think of his goodies)

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                  millygirl Sep 18, 2010 08:13 AM

                  Big thank you to foodyDudey.

                  Just returned from the Withrow market and OMG, Roger's table is a wonderful surprise and best kept secret. Well, maybe only a secret to us because he had a huge lineup LOL.

                  It was funny because when we arrived at 9:30 the only bakery I could see was St. John's and another table selling cupcakes and a few other rather unappealing items. Lo and behold, Roger pulls up close to 10 am and a crowd begins to form. I notice the rather informal line up quickly starting and want to head over however Mr. MG (the polite one) says 'maybe we should give him some time to set up". Hell, no! I set the alarm for this!!!! I preceded to take my spot very close to the front and, well, 10 minutes later we dropped $56.

                  Everything looked fab: scones, chocolate tarts, quiche, pissaladiere, even picked up some mustards.

                  Thanks again FD! What a find......

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                    Zengarden Sep 18, 2010 08:16 AM

                    Aargh. I came at 9.00 a.m. and circled for quite a while, wondering where this table was.

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                      foodyDudey Sep 18, 2010 09:07 AM

                      I'm glad you liked it millygirl.

                      They don't call me foodyDudey for nothing!

                      I never buy stuff from the cupcake table, it looks like stuff you would find at the Sweet Tooth store and honestly it seems overpriced.

                      I only got there around 10:45 as I barely slept after somehow getting conned into going to the new St Louis wings place. Don't go ther unless you are deaf, or want to go deaf. But that's another story...

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                        millygirl Sep 18, 2010 10:18 AM

                        And by that time I'll bet Roger had sold out and closed up shop?

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                          foodyDudey Sep 18, 2010 11:38 AM

                          No, he was still going strong and there was a lineup of 6 people ahead of me. When I went back at 12:55 to buy some tomatoes from the Haystrom Farms booth just to the east of him, he was packing up. He mentioned that a few people said they heard of him from this thread.

              2. atomeyes Sep 18, 2010 01:53 PM

                been there a few times.
                cakes are nice to look at, but expensive. got one once and it definitely looked nicer than it tasted. tasted ordinary.
                they claim they have the best cupcakes in the city. so i bought one and they asked me "so, are they the best?" i said "frankly, no. they are ok".
                had the mini key lime pies and those were very good.
                but in all, its not amazing.

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                  Porkaroo Dec 13, 2010 06:33 AM

                  Since another deal for this place has re-emerged, I thought it high time to post this review of this wretched bakery. As posted on the deal site and now here for the Chowhounds of the world to know:

                  Extremely disappointed with previous deal from this place. The last group coupon purchase was for 2 desserts, 2 sides, 2 specialty coffees.

                  The desserts were fine (Not sure how one cake slice is the equivalent to a brownie or one cookie though). But for the sides, instead of choice of berries with mint or strawberries, they only had the berries (offering to pick out the strawberries does not count) and I would never ever consider whipped cream from a can to be "homemade cream". For the drinks they had a huge blackboard list... and as we chose 'em, they kept saying "don't have it today". Grrrr... then wipe it off the board. It got so bad that we ended up asking what WAS available. And settled with BAGGED teas. So much for speciality drinks.

                  I wish I got a refund.

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                    millygirl Dec 13, 2010 07:13 AM

                    The only thing surprising is how this place manages to open it's door each morning.

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                      millygirl Jan 8, 2011 08:18 AM

                      I believe Sweet Tooth has closed up shop.

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                        foodyDudey Jan 8, 2011 12:11 PM

                        Finally! How they were even open as long as they were is a mystery to me, it's just proof that most people will eat almost any old garbage.

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                          Zengarden Jan 14, 2011 12:31 PM

                          I've never seen anyone actually in there eating sweets or pastries. I have only witnessed a woman with a nicely tied box from the shop on the subway. The Danforth really needs a Mill Street Bakery or something like that.

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                            millygirl Jan 15, 2011 07:40 AM

                            Update: It appears Sweet Tooth was only on vacation.

                            I noticed it open the other day and so stopped in and mentioned I had been trying their number and drove by a few times to no avail. I was informed rather nonchalently that :"oh yeah, we took a vacation after new year's....we had a sign on the door but it apparently fell down".

                            Sorry but who runs a business like this??? On a main street in mid town Toronto?? I mean really folks. The funny part is nobody cared or noticed. I actually knew about this about a week ago but wanted to see if anyone would chime in here and correct me. Apparently not.

                            Not only was the place empty early yesterday evening but so were the display cases.

                            My friend passed the coupon on to me because she is now out of town and quite frankly I don't even think I will bother.

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                              foodyDudey Jan 15, 2011 08:46 AM

                              Maybe they are selling something else besides bad cakes? Someone else should go in and ask for the non-baked goods

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                                Zengarden Jan 20, 2011 04:01 PM

                                And today's sign on the shut door stated that they were closed due to low stock. Not good. Or is it?

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                                  foodyDudey Jan 20, 2011 08:13 PM

                                  I think that is great. But does it mean everyone likes there stuff so much that they sold out prematurely?

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                                    millygirl Jan 21, 2011 02:05 AM

                                    Somehow I doubt it. I will put me money on that this place will be closing it's doors before spring. If they are in fact selling out before the end of the day they should damn well make more so it doesn't happen.

                                    What time did you notice the sign Zengarden? I'm curious.

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                                      Zengarden Jan 21, 2011 03:39 AM

                                      I walked by yesterday right before 4 p.m.

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                                        dalton48 Jan 21, 2011 07:37 PM

                                        Same sign was up today, around 6:15.

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                                          Zengarden Jan 22, 2011 11:29 AM

                                          Just doesn't sound like they are putting in any stock for customers. Sounds like there might be an issue with paying their suppliers if there are no goods available for customers.

                    2. foodyDudey Jan 22, 2011 11:35 AM

                      I just saw this review of ST on the Toronto Life website:

                      Greektown lucked out when this charming shop opened on the Danforth. Front and centre is a stunning cake display that never fails to stop pedestrians in their tracks. The display includes the Ultimate Mousse Cake, adorned with white chocolate shavings, and an airy Marvellous Meringue Cake. Cupcakes are some of the best in town. Michael Stadtländer voted the apple pie number one in the city.

                      I should have read it earlier, I didn't know I was so lucky to live close to this fantastic place!
                      http://www.torontolife.com/guide/food...

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                        Full tummy Jan 23, 2011 06:04 AM

                        Hahahaha! I wonder how long ago that one was written. Shame, because the Food Guide used to be written anew each year, but that has long gone by the wayside...

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                          foodyDudey Jan 23, 2011 06:08 AM

                          I wonder if they ever had any great products. I remember looking in when they first opened, and it didn't look stunning to me even then. I could walk into Sun Valley any day and get a better cake than from ST.

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                            julesrules Jan 23, 2011 08:33 AM

                            Some of their stuff was supposed to be from Phipps, which people seem to like. My friend who is a pastry chef had mixed feelings about their stuff as well. I think

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                              pescatarian Jan 24, 2011 11:21 AM

                              It's not the same owners as when it first opened.

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                                katbri Jan 25, 2011 07:31 AM

                                Is this place still open for business?

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                                  foodyDudey Jan 25, 2011 08:38 PM

                                  It appears they are, but they are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

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                                    millygirl Feb 2, 2011 03:49 PM

                                    Walked by this evening and the place is papered up. Windows, doors and all. No sign or nothing, just paper.

                                    Hmmmm.

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                                      atomeyes Feb 2, 2011 06:05 PM

                                      i will admit that i'll miss their key lime mini-pie things.

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                                        Zengarden Feb 2, 2011 06:47 PM

                                        If anyone has a group buy coupon, they should just contact the company and explain that the establishment is no more so that they can receive credit for use on something else.

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