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Best Eggbread/Challah in Toronto?

mary sand Apr 1, 2011 11:35 AM

Ok, I love challah. Where's the best challah in Toronto?
I've tried Silverstein's on McCaul, meh and My Market Bakery in Kensington Market, which is my favorite so far.
I've heard Harbord Bakery makes a really tasty one, which I am meaning to try and also Loblaws has frozen challah to bake at home.
Braided or loaf, recommend me some spots!

My Market Bakery
184 Baldwin St, Toronto, ON M5T, CA

Harbord Bakery
115 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S, CA

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  1. Splendid Wine Snob RE: mary sand Apr 1, 2011 11:50 AM

    Harbord Bakery hands down.

    I have also really enjoyed Grodzinski's on Bathurst.

    Harbord Bakery
    115 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S, CA

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    1. re: Splendid Wine Snob
      peppermint pate RE: Splendid Wine Snob Apr 1, 2011 12:03 PM

      I second the rec for Harbord. I was also once given a challah from some bakery in Thornhill and it was outstanding - maybe Grodzinski's?

      I've bought the frozen challahs from Loblaws - Lezners or something? - they're actually quite good. Loosen the saran wrap, defrost in the fridge overnight or on the counter for a few hours, top with egg wash and sesame seeds and then bake. It puffs up quite nicely, very soft and doughy - my kids love it when we do this!

      147 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S1H1, CA

      1. re: peppermint pate
        Doctormhl1 RE: peppermint pate Apr 1, 2011 01:16 PM

        The frozen challahs are made by Lenchner's Bakery, 50 Drumlin Circle, Concord Ont. (905)-738-8811. The bakery is open to the public. Products are strictly kosher under supervision of COR. Prices are less than retail.These frozen challahs are also available at Sobey's on Clark Ave. Thornhill. A priceless extra bonus when you bake a Lenchner's challah at home is the heavenly aroma that will pervade your home for the rest of the day.

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          peppermint pate RE: Doctormhl1 Apr 4, 2011 04:37 PM

          Yes, Lenchner's - thank you. I didn't realize they were made here, just assumed they were flown in from Brooklyn or something. And the aroma is indeed heavenly - it's obviously not the same as baking from scratch but with less than 5 minutes of prep, you do get to enjoy some of the joys of homebaked bread.

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            cecilia RE: peppermint pate Apr 5, 2011 01:36 PM

            Do you find this Lenchner at the same frozen section as the garlic bread and such? I looked for it at my Loblaws but didn't see it. What does the packaging look like?

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              peppermint pate RE: cecilia Apr 5, 2011 01:53 PM

              Hi cecilia - yes, it's usually in the same general section (if not the same freezer case) as the garlic bread and the frozen Ace Bakery breads, near the fresh breads and baked goods. Very simple packaging, it's literally a braided challah wrapped in saran wrap (no box) with a plain label on the front that has the Lenchner name and baking instructions. When I was last there, there were 2 varieties, plain and raisin. It's possible they don't carry it at all Loblaws (I last purchased it at St. Clair West).

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      Sadistick RE: mary sand Apr 1, 2011 12:41 PM

      So far, believe it or not - What - A - Bagel on Bathurst besides Tov-Li

      So light and fluffy, amazing.

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        juno RE: Sadistick Apr 1, 2011 01:31 PM

        The aforementioned Harbord Bakery has always made a solid challah for the downtown cognoscenti, as does just about any Jewish bakery on or just off Bathurst St. running north from Lawrence Ave. to beyond Steeles Ave .W. (including the ubiquitous What-a-Bagel). Indeed, I defy you to taste any substantial difference between any of them. But in my view, Bagel Plus, a bakery and cafe in a large plaza on the northwest corner of Bathurst and Sheppard Ave., one-ups its own quite respectable version of your standard challah - though only on weekends, when it produces its special cheese-onion challah loaf. The cheese and onion are baked into the crust while caraway seeds are distributed throughout the body of the loaf, adding several extra fillips of taste. Mama, it's good. It's at a premium price of $4.95, but its extra-delicious flavor makes it worth it (to me, anyway). Baked only on Fri., Sat, and Sun., and the loaves go quickly, so it's wise to get there in the morning. (Ask them to slice it for you.)

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          TorontoJo RE: juno Apr 1, 2011 01:58 PM

          Dang, that sounds good. Thanks for the tip -- perhaps a trip tomorrow morning is in order!

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        magic RE: mary sand Apr 4, 2011 05:05 PM

        Not to add to the chorus of praise, but Harbord's is definitely special.

        I have never tried Grodzinski's but it's good to know theirs is tasty. I will have to try it.

        Personally I LOVE LOVE LOVE Bagel World's challah. And I love that I can get it at two of my local Shoppers Drug Marts and at Loblaws. Very convenient!! Bagel World's cheese/onion challah is ridiculous too. A must try.

        Surprisingly, T&T makes a very good challah, and Whole Foods makes a sinfully good cinnamon swirl challah. But that is getting fancy :)

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          acd123 RE: mary sand Apr 5, 2011 07:45 AM

          Not really adding very much here, but Harbord and Grodzinski's are the best. Mmmmm, Harbord challah smeared with their chopped liver. This weekend...

          1. Platoputas RE: mary sand Apr 5, 2011 11:52 AM

            I particularly love the braided "Sweet Challah" from Harbord Bakery. It's also carried at Pusateri's (which is close to my work, so a convenient place to pick up a loaf). I actually prefer the sweet version over the traditional Challah Harbord makes.


            1539 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5M, CA

            Harbord Bakery
            115 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S, CA

            147 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S1H1, CA

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            1. re: Platoputas
              elvisahmed RE: Platoputas Apr 5, 2011 12:52 PM

              Try Rahier as the Brioche is good.

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              knusprig RE: mary sand Apr 5, 2011 06:22 PM

              Rather far hike from downtown, we love challah from Bagel Nash in Thornhill. This bakery was 'What A Bagel' - located in the plaza where Longo's is - Bayview/Laureleaf - one light south of Bayview/John. My other favourite is their butter croissants $1.50 each - rather steep price but big croissants. Also good is their almond croissants & babka.

              Bagel Nash
              7355 Bayview Avenue, ON L3T 5Z2 (905) 763-7766 ‎


              Bagel Nash
              7355 Bayview Ave, Markham, ON L3T, CA

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                mayaishi RE: mary sand Apr 5, 2011 11:21 PM

                I had been very disappointed with the dry and tasteless (sliced) Hermes challah from Loblaws at almost $5 a loaf. I didn't like the Harbord Bakery challah as it had a very salty wash on the crust. It may not be traditional, but the egg bread available from T&T's bakery is sweet, chewy and extremely more-ish. It was being sold, two large loaves in a bag for $5 a few weeks ago. I had planned to share one loaf and freeze the other, but it was so easy to tear off a huge hunk...

                Harbord Bakery
                115 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S, CA

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                  pearlD RE: mary sand Apr 6, 2011 07:04 AM

                  My personal favourite for Challah is ISAAC'S on Bathurst and second choice is BAGEL PLUS.....Isaac's is at Bathurst, west side, (south of the 401). They are an Orthodox Bakery..so I would wait for after Passover to try them....I was there yesterday and they had only one challah left and it was a day old but I took it anyway because it makes EXCELLENT french toast and that was dinner last night!!!

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