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Andrea's Gerrard Street Bakery

Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on August 7, 2012

andreas gerrard street bakery torontoAndrea's Gerrard Street Bakery is located in the heart of East Chinatown, of all places. "People said to me, 'Really, Chinatown?'" Andrea Mut says of her friends' and family's reaction to her new homestyle bake shop. "But actually, the community has been really great. There are some people, like the woman who owns Bill's Lobster down the street; she's in here all the time getting bags of treats for her kids."

andreas gerrard street bakery torontoThose treats include all sorts of baked specialties regularly on hand at Andrea's, which include her "grandmother's recipe" butter tarts ($3.00), chocolate chip, spiced ginger, and other varieties of cookies ($1.75), and several types of "wee cakes" such as her signature cheesecake made with Monforte chevre cheese ($6.00).

andrea's gerrard street bakery torontoAndrea's Bakery opened less than two weeks ago, though she has more than a decade of experience in the baking world. Having studied pastry-making at George Brown, Andrea has since worked at Cafe Belong at the Evergreen Brick Works. When she made the decision recently to open up her own shop, she knew she wanted something close to home in the east end.

andreas gerrard street bakery toronto"The rent here is very reasonable," she says. "There's arguably just as much foot traffic here as down at Dundas or Queen, but there you're going to be paying twice as much."

Andrea says that her landlady was particularly keen on having something "different" in the space. "She was really encouraging," Andrea says. "She said the community would embrace something different, and it has."

andreas gerrard street bakery torontoAlong with her baked goods, Andrea offers drip coffee from ChocoSol (she also uses ChocoSol chocolate for her baked goods) and Rufino for her espresso drinks.

andreas gerrard street bakery torontoAnd for something a little more substantial, the shop prepares its "streetcar" sandwiches ($6.85) fresh each day, which strike me as a cross between a calzone and a panino. Essentially, Andrea takes fillings such as pulled pork or roasted chicken, asparagus and brie, wraps them in bread dough, and sets them to bake. "Something easy to eat on the streetcar," she says. "And I was really surprised that no one else was using the name."

andreas gerrard street bakery torontoI'm in the mood for something sweet, however, so I opt for double chocolate chili cookie. The cookie is perhaps a bit more crumbly than chewy, with a definite chili kick and sophisticated (rather than sweet) chocolate flavour. It's definitely a grown-up take on a traditional cookie.

andreas gerrard street bakery torontoAndrea says she might consider expanding her pastry menu to include a few gluten-free options, though that will depend on demand. For now, she'll be rolling out plenty of streetcar sandwiches and chili chocolate cookies every day from Tuesday to Sunday, from 8 a.m. to six p.m. during the week and 9 a.m. to six p.m. on weekends.

Photos by Jesse Milns

Discussion

23 Comments

frances / August 5, 2012 at 05:54 am
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Andrea's baked goods are SO delicious, everything she makes is amazing- scones, cookies, brownies, butter tarts... dangerously good. Can't wait to check out the new bakery...
JV / August 5, 2012 at 07:33 am
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First time hearing about this! I live over in the west-end (Dufferin), and will be sure to dedicate a bike ride over to the shop in the next week. Oh, and I love the "streetcars"! What a sweet idea!

All the best!
tracey / August 5, 2012 at 10:31 pm
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this sounds amazing- looking forward to checking it out!
SW / August 6, 2012 at 11:39 am
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What's the picture second from the bottom of? Is it the signature cheesecake mentioned earlier in the article?
ann / August 7, 2012 at 02:51 pm
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This place is great! The staff were super nice, the americano was delicious, the butter tart more than satisfied my sweet teeth and my mother thoroughly enjoyed her streetcar sandwich. I will definitely be coming back to try more of their treats!
FeastingInTheEast / August 7, 2012 at 05:03 pm
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Went in on Sunday and grabbed a coconut cream pie from Andrea. Safe to say it was one of the top 5 desserts I've ever eaten. The cream was somehow rich and totally light. Unreal.
Will be back often!
mayor dodge / August 8, 2012 at 09:49 am
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Those streetcar sandwiches are brilliant! I can't wait to stop in and get one, or two, or make that three.
Maria / August 10, 2012 at 10:23 am
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her scones have already become Saturday morning tradition with our coffee, really buttery and dense which is how we like them!
Kaila / August 15, 2012 at 08:40 am
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I live just down the street and am so thankful Andrea has opened up shop here. I can grab a morning coffee on my way to work, and the scones are to die for! Everyone should check this out!
Jill Proud / August 20, 2012 at 09:00 am
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Andrea's Bakery is outstanding! The quality of the food is excellent and let's face it the butter tarts are to die for. Absolutely loved the veggie streetcar sandwich too. Plus the atmosphere is clean, bright and funky. Can't wait to come back!
kayte / September 5, 2012 at 11:49 am
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enh. walked in, some dude was hiding behind the espresso machine and we had to wait for andrea(?) to come out from the back about 4 minutes later.

baked goods - tasty but a bit overpriced. not expensive, just overpriced as in not worth it.

the space does look very lovely and the decor and renos were great.

overall, not too impressed. gentrify elsewhere.
Norbert Vollkornbrot / September 17, 2012 at 08:37 pm
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I support any new bakery that is offering something new and trying to make a go of it as an independently run small business.
Andrea is doing just that and the response she has received has been excellent for the time she has been open.

So, to "Kayte", I will say this: Why don't you take your business and your negative attitude to one of the many big-box retailers that take up valuable retail space here in town. There you will find the cheap baked goods that you so obviously crave.

It amazes me that people pay Telus or Rogers $300 for a poorly made cell phone but will complain (and post) when a handmade all-butter croissant costs over $3.00. WTF!

As for big-box service, I'm certain you will squirm as you are waited on by a minimum wage monkey who doesn't know or care anything about their low-end job or you as a paying customer.

I believe that you, "Kayte", are probably just another acne-covered woman with an unsatisfactory life, almost no sex, most likely overweight, a zero for a boyfriend, and a J-O-B for a career.
So for you, it makes you "feel" better to criticize and slam others who are actually making a contribution to their neighbourhood, not by gentrifying it, but by working hard and providing a new welcoming retail space.

So in conclusion Kayte, let me offer you this bit of advice (and I am trying to exercise restraint with my comments):
Grow up, look at yourself and instead of adopting this ultra-negative creepy attitude, try to look on the bright side of life and make a positive contribution to your life and your city.

And do something about that acne.
Vix replying to a comment from Norbert Vollkornbrot / September 24, 2012 at 02:37 pm
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Wow, NORBERT, a bit of pent up frustration about something? Everyone is entitled to voice an opinion. You need to lighten up. Hopefully I don't ever run into you at the bakery.

This ugly personal and insulting attack just labels you as a crusty, socially dis-functional, ignorant fellow who still is suffering sexuality issues and who's only real friend is his dog.
Laurie Nordin-MacLeod / September 26, 2012 at 06:24 am
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Andrea makes the best Butter tarts I have ever tasted. I took one home to my husband and he agrees. Bought some brownies(again exceptional) as well as her ginger cookies(to die for). Looking forward to trying the other treats!!! Wonderful expresso!!! All the best!!!
Sabrina / October 8, 2012 at 12:03 pm
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I purchased a few mini cakes for my Thanksgiving Dinner, and they all received rave reviews. I highly recommend their amazing baked goods.
Toni / October 9, 2012 at 06:54 pm
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First time at Andrea's Bakery this past weekend. The pumpkin pie was delicious (not a crumb left) - a great way to end Thanksgiving dinner. Will definitely go back.
Gary / October 21, 2012 at 08:56 am
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Just discovered this little gem in my neighborhood, nestled between the hustle and bustle of east chinatown grocery shops and restaurants. So many yummy treats to choose from I ended up choosing the coconut cream "wee cake" and easily the best scone I've ever had in my life. To the latter, I figured I'd take a chance since it was end of the day and might have become dry. I was pleasantly mistaken. It was moist and flavorful and didn't lose an ounce of freshness. The coconut cream wee cake was equally heavenly and only 5$!! The prices here are very reasonable across the board probably due in large part to the location being a bit off the beaten track. That said, to anyone who lives in the area (as I do) it's a real treat. Next visit, I gotta try one of those streetcar sandwiches.
Jennifer / January 4, 2013 at 11:31 pm
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Lovely, I'm looking forward to checking this place out! Thanks not only to Robyn Urback for the BlogTO review, but to all the commenters for the feedback.

One quick note: the website listed is just the Facebook page (www.facebook.com/AndreasGerrardStBakery), but from that page you can find the actual website: http://andreasbakery635.com/. The menu on there looks fantastic!
Cheryl / January 5, 2013 at 05:57 pm
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Fell in love with the shop, goodies and Andrea herself! So happy to have you in the hood!
kats replying to a comment from kayte / January 13, 2013 at 11:56 am
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I agree - overpriced! I really wanted to support any new venture in our Gerrard St. nabe, so we went in not long after Andrea's opened to check it out. Finding the prices a tad high, we opted only for a couple of blueberry tarts - I think they were close to $5 each. More insulting, they had the nerve to call them 'pies'. At under 4" in diameter, that's a tart my friends. Taste/quality: underwhelming. Could detect cardamom more than blueberries. Not juicy. Pastry so-so. Maybe they've improved since, or maybe we didn't have their best product, but with so many bakeries in the east end, no need to return.
HJ / January 27, 2013 at 08:55 am
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Gluten-free PLEASE!!!
Bosephus / May 27, 2013 at 02:18 pm
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Popped in to the shop on Saturday and enjoyed what had to have been the best blueberry scone I’ve ever eaten in my entire life. Keep up the great work!
Julia / October 19, 2013 at 12:22 pm
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I simply love the empanadas at Andrea's; the beef and olive stuffing is my favourite but the chicken is good too. I haven't yet tried the veggie but that will be next. The pastry is buttery and flaky perfection. My husband thought the coconut cream pie was the best he has ever had. I also really like the chocolate peanut gluten free cookies...ate them all...didn't share a crumb.

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