I'm just remembering Toronto some 10-15 years back and thinking that there doesn't seem to be anymore restaurants with a take home counter like there was at Arlequin, Oliver's etc. I used to buy the little checkerboard cookies after a meal at Arlequin and have them with coffee when I got home. It was a special little ritual that seemed to transport me from the daily hardships of North American life to a small, french cafe in my own home. Does anyone know of a place that carries it's own selection of pastries, breads etc. for taking home. I'm not necessarily talking about take-out service.
If I recall correctly, Arlequin was related to Patachou, up near Yonge and Summerhill. I used to go to both restaurants with my dad for cafe au lait and pastries when I was little. Patachou is still there, though in a new location across the street. I haven't been there since before my dad died 15 years ago, so I can't tell you what it's like now, but it's worth checking out.