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Bakerbots

Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on July 22, 2011

BakerbotsBakerbots is just eight weeks old and only open on weekends and evenings, but it has already earned a reputation for some of the best ice cream sandwiches around.

I head to Bakerbots on a day of unprecedented heat, practically clawing at the locked glass door waiting for the clock to strike six. Relief. The door is opened, and I head inside, thinking only of ice cream--and if I'm lucky--air conditioning.

BakerbotsInside I find owner Rosanne Pezzelli whisking away with a metal bowl, barely lifting her head from the sweet concoction she's preparing behind the counter. Rosanne looks swamped, she tells me she's swamped, and the look in her eyes tells me she's not joking. "I just have to keep going at it," she says.

Bakerbots"It" is Bakerbots' assortment of cupcakes, cookies, cakes and macarons, mostly sold on weekends but with the odd little batch available during the week. The shop is open just between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. from Tuesday to Thursday, primarily to sell ice cream treats.

BakerbotsRosanne's career didn't begin with baking. She started as an illustrator and painter working out of New York before deciding to travel to Europe where her love of sweets and pastries took full form. She later enrolled in the Baking and Pastry arts program at George Brown College, which led her to start her own catering company, which later motivated her to open this storefront retail shop.

BakerbotsI ask Roseanne (who is now piping onto a cookie sheet) if she has plans to open the store during the day throughout the week. "I'm not sure how I could do it," she says. "We'd have to expand. Because right now, during the day I'm using this space for my catering and wholesale."

BakerbotsAnd the problem clearly is that there's not a lot of space. There's just one table for seating and a little counter cash, and a few people hustling back and forth in the bakery area. But Bakerbots' reputation is quite large despite its size, with the buzz most centred around the red velvet cupcakes and macarons in Mojito, Saffron, Earl Grey, and other flavours.

BakerbotsBut I've come for an ice cream sandwich--the other famed Bakerbots offering--and Roseanne's husband, Chris, fills me in on the method. "Roseanne makes the cookies. We have Ginger, Captain Peanut, Everything..." he says listing off the cookie names. "So you pick your cookie, and then choose your ice cream." The ice cream comes from Ed's Real Scoop, and while the varieties are often changing, they can include flavours such as Burnt Marshmallow, dairy-free Raspberry, Guinness Stout, French Mint, Mercury Espresso, Maple Bacon, and others.

BakerbotsBakerbots' chalkboard menu has suggestions for ice cream/cookie combinations, so I take its advice and opt for an Everything cookie with Burnt Marshmallow ice cream. The cookie looks pretty big, so I opt for a half sandwich ($3.50) instead of a whole ($5.50). And when I see it, I'm glad I did.

The cookie--split in two--sandwiches a good few inches of ice cream in the middle. Ed's ice cream, as always, is fantastic, and the cookie has a great sturdiness to it, keeping everything inside. It has that home-baked taste and is chewy in a bit of a stick-to-your-teeth type way. And it's flat--not fluffy or crumbly--which makes it perfect for an ice cream sandwich. I bet it would taste even better in the mid-afternoon. And yes, that was a hint.

BakerbotsBakerbots is open Tuesday-Thursday: 6-10pm, Friday: 4-11pm, Saturday 11am-11pm, Sunday 11am-8pm

Photos by Jesse Milns

Discussion

31 Comments

Phil / July 22, 2011 at 09:46 am
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So all this talk of ice cream sandwiches and no picture?
JF / July 22, 2011 at 09:54 am
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Seriously. I kept scrolling.
cathy / July 22, 2011 at 10:06 am
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Actually, it's kind of refreshing to have a bakery open past 6. I lived in Leslieville for a couple of years and everything either shut down just before I got home from work or had no stock left if they were still open.
Zaira / July 22, 2011 at 10:16 am
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To make up for the lack of photos of the ice cream sandwich, here is mine from a few weeks ago:
http://twitpic.com/5it632

That is the half sandwhich, it was still enormous. I could barely finish it. Coco cookie with creme caramel ice cream, if I remember correctly.
Steph / July 22, 2011 at 11:00 am
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Whoa holy smokes that IS huge! Thanks for sharing the photo Zaira - now I know for sure to get the half.
Miss Piggy replying to a comment from Zaira / July 22, 2011 at 12:08 pm
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Zaira..I did scoff at the half o' sandwich option 'til I saw your pic..thanks...glad to see they open at 4p today!
chris / July 22, 2011 at 12:15 pm
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@zaira

:O
Aldrin / July 22, 2011 at 03:51 pm
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Great write-up. I really love this place and I mean I REALLY LOVE this place :)
cindy / July 23, 2011 at 05:32 pm
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Very good macarons. Im eating them for dinner right now. Heaven.
Rachel / July 25, 2011 at 02:26 pm
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This place is by far the best and shames the popular cupcake shopped {which is hard for me to say, because I love cupcakes too}

I frequent more than I should really.

Here are photos from one of {many} trips to Baker Bots love-as-a-verb.blogspot.com
Erin / October 16, 2011 at 05:22 pm
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The website URI is wrong up there. It should be http://bakerbotsbaking.com/
brad / December 15, 2011 at 01:56 pm
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This place is LEGIT.
Mary / January 10, 2012 at 07:55 pm
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I was there once and the owner was extremely rude to me. I'm never going back (and I walk by that place everyday).
Sadie / January 19, 2012 at 10:17 pm
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i saw on the door that they're opening up again tomorrow - SO EXCITED! they have amazing pie and bread pudding too, along with their ice cream sandwiches and cake. so glad they opened right when i moved into the neighbourhood. and the owners are really nice! A+
Ro / January 19, 2012 at 10:26 pm
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Mary and Mavr, thank you for the feedback.

I am sorry about the experience you had with us and would like to apologize for not making you feel more welcome. I too appreciate good customer service, believe me, and there is no excuse for rudeness.

Our space is tiny which means our baking station is right up with the retail counter and that makes it difficult for anyone to distinguish between the baker, who usually need to focus on delicate or time sensitive stuff, (often me) and the service people who help our guests (sometimes me too). I LOVE interacting with the neighbourhood which often feels like one big family, and it's sometimes a bit of a challenge for me to juggle both production in the kitchen and the front counter if the service person is with busy with another guest. If I fell down on that, I apologize. It was certainly not the result of an overriding philosophy or anything and must have been some bad juggling on my part.

I'd love to make it up to you, please give us another try sometime.
Rosanne



LisaPN / January 19, 2012 at 10:26 pm
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I have been going to baker bots since I found the l shop in July. Roseanne is one of the hardest working people that I have ever met, and she is lovely and quiet and very down to earth. not once has she been rude, rather very kind and thoughtful. and she makes some of the yummiest treats in the city. just because you run a bakery doesn't mean you need to be an extrovert, it means you need to bake which she does. just my two cents..
AL / March 5, 2012 at 09:29 am
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there is no 'back'(room) for baking. its right up front.

its a shame when people mistake quiet, shy and not All Up In Your Face Salesperson for rude, cold or unfriendly.

Ro is one of the kindest, sweetest most thoughtful people ive met via being a customer in the 10 years ive lived in this neighbourhood.


ill take bakerbots over any bullshit pseudo chain shop any day!
AL / March 5, 2012 at 09:30 am
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oops, that should say "its a shame when people mistake quiet, shy and not All Up In Your Face Salesperson type people for rude, cold or unfriendly"
Priyanka / March 6, 2012 at 09:14 am
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Bakerbots is truly a gem! I have been there a few times and each time has been spectacular. On my last visit we took some out of town friends, and it was fairly late in the evening - which resulted in most of the delicious treats to be sold out. Rosanne said she had some banana pudding left over, and generously gave me a heaping spoon to try... let me tell you it was incredible and I proceeded to polish off the bowl! They also have a wide variety of teas, and she is great and giving suggestions. All in all, I wish more places were like bakerbots. Rosanne is friendly, and really she is an artist!
s / March 7, 2012 at 02:15 pm
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*impolite
Jonathan / April 17, 2012 at 04:34 pm
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Geez, really? Roseanne is one of the sweetest people I've met. And cakes as good as hers are very rare.
ch / May 1, 2012 at 07:11 pm
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I live across the street. Went in on opening day. Got the cold self-righteous artiste attitude and walked out empty handed. Just called this afternoon to ask a question. Not much has changed. Avoid this place.
Lea / May 7, 2012 at 09:58 am
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Bakerbots is a lovely place, no idea what you are talking about 'ch'.....I live up the street and every time I've been in the people have been so friendly! Btw the ice-cream sandwiches are to die for!!!
Natasha / June 8, 2012 at 05:49 pm
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Although their hours aren't the most convenient, their baked goods are incredible! I'm a big fan of their earl grey and pistachio macarons.
Vanessa / June 18, 2012 at 04:30 pm
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I love this place! I've never had bad service. The owners have always been sweet to me. I live in the neighborhood and they always stop to say hi when I walk by. I think a lot of people confuse a more introverted attitude with rudeness... Anyways. Back to food. The ice cream sandwiches are crazy good and the banana pudding is magical.
Rena / July 4, 2012 at 03:33 pm
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I'm not sure who it's been serving me, but every time I go in I have a perfectly pleasant experience with the staff. I went in just to look a couple times and they were very nice. Then my roommate took me and demanded I try all the cookies- mm-mm! And yeah, it's nice having an evening bakery for a change. A good idea. Can't wait to try the ice cream...
D / August 13, 2012 at 08:41 am
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Ice cream sandwich was out of this world (everything cookie + toffee ice cream). I will be back for sure.
Rory / August 14, 2012 at 04:24 pm
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Haha. The commenters on this thread about 'politeness' should come to Paris... the bakers there are rarely expected to be judged on their personalities (or on anything but their goods, really)... which is a good thing considering how stuck up some of them can be! But at the end of the day, food is food, n'est-ce pas? ;)
Kay / April 20, 2013 at 11:46 pm
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Love, love, love Bakerbots!
Concord ave. / July 19, 2013 at 03:04 pm
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All of their stuff is beyond amazing, and that's all that matters to me. If you want a fake-ass smile, dip across the street to douche gelato.
CL Mota / August 28, 2013 at 05:22 pm
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In need of some refreshment after a long day at work, I decided to try out bakerbots' famed ice cream sandwiches. It was my first time in the bakery and I have to say that I was greeted extremely warmly, was promptly served and made to feel very welcome in the space. The ice cream sandwich in itself was devine (I had the peanut butter cookie with the vanilla bean ice cream)! I will definitely be making bakerbots one of my go-to spots and can't wait to try more of what seemed to be a wonderful selection of baked goods!

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