Bakeries - Toronto and area
- Chocaholic Dec 6, 2011 12:34 PM
Any good bakeries to visit .. will have car.
Cakes, tarts, love sweets.
-San Remo Bakery for the best apple fritters in the city
-Leah's Bakery for butter tarts
-Epi Breads for croissants, butter tarts, scrumptious donuts (on the weekend)
-Thor Espresso Bar for Glory Hole Donuts
As mentioned, San Remo for the Apple Fritters.
Apricot Tree Cafe in Mississauga for any of their cakes, tarts, tortes, mousses and their muffins: Apricot-Walnut and Raspberry-Dark Chocolate are amazing.
Select Bakery for the cinnamon rings, baklava and some pastries.
Bakerbots near Bloor/Ossington for the ice cream sandwiches, cakes, cookies, biscotti and macaroons.
Sweet! Bakery on Bronte/Lakeshore in Oakville for the cupcakes.
Cupid's Gourmet Cupcakes in Oakville or Burlington.
Nova Bakery or Lazar Bakery in Mississauga for the Custard Tarts and pastries.
Pizza Pide in Toronto for the Turkish Baklava.
Athen's Pastries as mentioned for their Louakamades, Custard Pie etc.
Also honourable mention to Dimpflmeier's Bakery in Etobicoke for pastries, breads etc.
I visited the Apricot Tree Cafe today with a friend and will write separately on the pastries, but had to quickly mention the excellent service. In order to taste as much as reasonably possible, my friend and I shared each dish. Without even a special request, the kitchen beautifully and separately split and plated each item for us. They even went to the trouble of making two small (and delicious!) individual crepes for us when we said we'd share one main. Highly recommend the service here and will be going back.
re: Full tummy
Short answer: yes, it's worth the trip.
Their service is over-the-top excellent if they learn you travelled all the way there just for them, and/or were referred to visit them.
I should add in the past they've made 'tasting plates' for me to try out a few different desserts at once. Just ask them what's freshest and what they would recommend, and they're more then happy to make you happy lol. It's obviously a few dollars more, but well worth it.
Apologies for the delay. This trip we tried the various strudel, including a sour-cherry guanciale (pork jowl) and the apple-pork crepe. I intend to go back another time to try the cakes.
I still can't say enough about the service and the apple-pork crepe was heavenly, but I'm not sure that the strudel were worth the trip. The pastry is made in house and is shatteringly flaky and light, but the fillings were a bit lacking. The sour-cherry pork jowl tasted mainly of scrambled egg flavoured custard. The apple didn't stand out from any others I've had.
We did also try a walnut torte with a lovely rich, deep dark nut flavour which I recommend.
I didn't think to ask at the time, but if they sell their pastry dough for at-home filling and baking, then it would be worth the drive from just about anywhere in Toronto.
You have to try Dolce Bombe Cafe in Woodbridge (7611 Pine Valley Drive, just south of Hwy 7) ... it is absolutely worth the drive! Owned by a wonderful couple who serve warm, fresh bombe calde/bomboloni (a little piece of heaven prepared after you order)! They have a chocolate version of this unique treat, but my fave is the crema.
Dolce Bombe Cafe
7611 Pine Valley Dr, Vaughan, ON L4L 5W8, CA
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I like Doce Minho & Serano.
I find Leah's overpriced for what you get. Thread on Leah's http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/688038
If you're interested in one-stop shopping, the bakery section at Whole Foods and Pusateri's carry baked goods from many of the better TO bakeries. Pusateri's carries Shirini Sara, Leah's, Harbord, Dufflet's, etc.
949 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4M, CA
1539 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5M, CA
509 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K, CA
115 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S, CA
1900 Dundas St W, Mississauga, ON L5K1P9, CA
711 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S, CA
405 Donlands Ave, Toronto, ON M4J, CA
1526 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G, CA
San Remo Food Factory Take Out & Catering
73 King St W, Stoney Creek, ON L8G1H9, CA
Bagel World Coffee Shop & Dairy Bar
336 Wilson Ave, Toronto, ON M3H1S9, CA
2189 Dufferin St, Toronto, ON M6E, CA
830 Pape Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 3T4, CA
It is just a totally different style than what I can find elsewhere in Toronto. My family is German, and their cakes are like the ones I grew up eating. And they are really fabulous, well-made with quality ingredients. I only wish they were closer to me. They are a definite go-to for my mom's birthday each year.
Any good bakeries?? Yikes!! We have tons.
St. Phillips at Islington and Rutherford is probably the best Italian Bakery around. If you're in town and in the east end Francesca at Invergordon (just n of 401) and McCowan is really good. A bit of an underrated place IMHO.
Doce Minho for Natas and some other great Portuguese stuffs.
Colombus Bakery for Colombian. On Dufferin between Wilson and Lawrence.
Seara on Keele between Eglinton and Lawrence is very good as is the Churrasco chicken place next door.
I finally tried San Remo donuts. They are very pleasing! The raspberry-filled and apple fritters are very good. The chocolate dip were good and the cream-filled were decent. The raspberry remind me of Epi Breads but not nearly as oily .
I tried the brownies that look amazing. But sadly aren't.
As an aside, this place has a crazy amount of baked stuff. While I realize some of it is brought in from other bakeries, they seem to do a lot. Some of their X-Mas cookies were good (shortbread gingerbread and the icing sugar covered C-shaped cookies). I'd like to try other stuff... pity it is SO far away from me!