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Canadian Pie Company

Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on March 30, 2011

Canadian Pie CompanyThe Canadian Pie Company is paying heed to, in my opinion, a quite under appreciated baked good. After all, who doesn't love pie? Especially when the crust is just so, the filling rich and moist, and a hearty scoop of ice cream on top just starts to melt. Throw in a fireplace and good book, and really, is there anything better?

The Canadian Pie Company tries to evoke these warm feelings in its cozy space in Riverside. Though it looks quite modern from the outside, the interior is snug and rustic with lots of recycled wood, vintage chairs, and a fabulous industrial spiraling staircase.

Canadian Pie CompanyI didn't catch owners Keren and Erez Hadad when I went to visit the space, but one of their staffers told me all about The Canadian Pie Company, which has been open on Queen East at Boulton since January of this year. The owners are the same people behind the now closed Cafe Florentin in the Beaches and bake the pies at the Leslieville location right down the street.

"It's all made from scratch," he tells me as I admire the goods behind the counter. "All baked fresh, everyday." The Canadian Pie Company makes its fruit, cream, meat pies, and quiches with all natural ingredients, which are locally sourced.

Canadian Pie CompanyAnd The Canadian Pie Company is not limited in options--there are nine types of fruit pies, including sour cherry, peach raspberry and bumbleberry ($5.50/slice, $16/9", $25/11"); seven types of cream pies, such as pumpkin and lemon meringue ($6.95/4", $18/9", $27/11"); seven quiche varieties such as roasted sweet potato & swiss and wild mushroom ($6.95/4", $16/9", $25/11"); and four types of meat pies including sirloin steak and Atlantic salmon & broccoli ($7.95/4", $18/9", $27/11").

I opted for a slice of one of the most popular pies in the shop, the strawberry rhubarb. Starting with the crust--it was delicious, flaky and buttery, though softer than the typical crust. The Canadian Pie Company describes its distinct crusts as "a cross between a puff pastry and a croissant," which makes it both flaky and chewy at the same time. The filling was also quite delicious; mildly sweet with chunks fruit throughout. My only complaint was that the amount of filling seemed a little slight compared to the boastful crust.

Canadian Pie CompanyWhile pie, obviously, is its thing, The Canadian Pie Company also offers pastries such as danishes and muffins, a "soup du jour" (it was sweet corn egg drop soup when I came by) and grilled Panini served with organic side salads ($6.95). As well, it now serves brunch, offering dishes including salmon Florentine, Spanish omelets, and Shakshuka (tomato stew).

Canadian Pie CompanyPhotos by Dennis Marciniak

Discussion

39 Comments

hellebelle / March 30, 2011 at 01:49 pm
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damn, now i want pie!

i've been faithful to the Pie Shack - i love every one of their fruit pies. unfortunately they do not offer any vegetarian non-fruit pies. i look forward to trying the canadian pie company!
Mark / March 30, 2011 at 03:21 pm
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I love baked pies! Can't wait to check this place out.

Can anyone confirm what was in this space before? It kind of looks like it might be where Ring was. I haven't been in the hood in ages.
Jen C replying to a comment from Mark / March 30, 2011 at 03:30 pm
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This space used to be Lucaffe, which was always either empty or closed. Ring was further west at Grant St (and has been leased by the team that owns Ruby Watchco).

Back on topic...craving cherry pie!
Me / March 30, 2011 at 03:33 pm
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I just live around the corner and have been in a couple times.
I highly recommend the ham and swiss quiche.
It is delicious!!

Riverside is a tremendous area for cafes, restaurants, bars.

Ruing the day Brad Lambs developments kill the neighborhood.
Jen C replying to a comment from Mark / March 30, 2011 at 03:34 pm
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This space used to be Lucaffe which was always either empty or closed. Ring was at Grant St. which is further west (and has since been leased by the team that owns Ruby Watchco).

Back on topic - craving cherry pie now!
bb / March 30, 2011 at 05:22 pm
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I like the chicken pot pie. Deeee-licious!
Robert / March 30, 2011 at 06:07 pm
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I think the Cafe Florentin in Leslieville is closing too.
us replying to a comment from Me / March 30, 2011 at 09:21 pm
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Low density living is what is killing the cafes, restaurants, and bars along Queen East. There is not enough foot traffic to support the rent.

New condos done at the right scale bring more people to a neighborhood and ensure that these businesses are able to flourish.

I live down the street - the pies are good - let's hope this place sticks around.
Boop replying to a comment from hellebelle / March 31, 2011 at 11:11 am
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You do know that Pie Shack pies are made by The Canadian Pie Company?
Pie Lover / March 31, 2011 at 11:24 am
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I just went with my mom yesterday. It was awesome. I had the Blueberry pie and she had the Peach. Seriously great.

... now if only I could get a job there...
b.craftie / April 2, 2011 at 06:15 pm
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My partner & I enjoyed a yummy brunch of shepherd's pie & salad [his, $7.90] and poached eggs on toast, perfect potatoes and salad [mine, also $7.90]. The organic greens with bits of mushroom and tomato were lightly dressed with balsamic. His savoury pie was moist and airy yet packed with flavour; and the potatoes were warm, crisp, and well seasoned - I could easily have eaten them as my main. We stayed to share a huge slice of sour cherry pie with ice cream which was flecked with bits of vanilla bean. The crust on both sweet and savoury pies was indeed like a croissant: flaky, crispy, soft and buttery all at once. The sour cherry filling had loads of whole cherries [no pits] and was slightly tart and very satisfying, particularly when paired with the fresh blueberries that garnished the plate. And the service, oh my! Even though all the seats were claimed just minutes after we arrived and there was a steady stream of people coming by for pies to go, we had our orders taken and beverages brought to our table, had our meals served as soon as they were prepared, and had our pitcher of water refilled without missing a beat. A real treat on every level!
b.craftie / April 2, 2011 at 07:18 pm
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Updated to add: The Shepherd's pie is made with Ontario Lamb Loin [it's actually $7.95] and the Sour Cherry pie plus ice cream [or real whipped cream if you prefer] is $5.50. A lovely lunch for two for under $25. So good !
Rachel / April 3, 2011 at 02:32 am
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I stumbled across this place a few weeks ago and was very, very glad I did.
Mike / April 15, 2011 at 01:01 pm
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If you want food poisoning come here! These folks are not worth your health going to. They bake their pies down the street(old Cafe Florentine)where they have already been given health department warnings about: Failure to store food at a safe temperature, improper food storage, improper food disposal. I have also seen vermon behind their shop in their garbage. I just cannot let my friends and neighbours eat there in good conscious! Sad when people put money above being clean and safe!
John replying to a comment from Mike / April 27, 2011 at 09:39 am
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You sound a bit disgruntled. Just checked them out on Toronto's DineSafe and they've passed [of course].
Thank goodness too, I don't know what I'd do with out my weekly Ontario Sour Cherry Pie!
Girliewirlie123 / May 2, 2011 at 06:44 pm
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The pies are good eh? Well considering they are made out of puff pastry they aren't exactly what you'd call Canadian. Especially when the owners havn't even been in Canada for more than 5-10 years. Not sure if it's because they are from another country that they don't follow proper health and safety, or simply because they choose to ignore the rules and regulations. A friend of mine recently had the mushroom quiche and ended up with diarrhea. Mushrooms don't exactly cause this, however bacteria from improper sanitation can.
The pies used to be made down at the location of Cafe Florentin at Queen and Carlaw. The health inspector was called in by the neighboring shop about the garbage, and when the inspector looked around inside they issued the company a conditional pass sign due to improper food temperature storage and improper dish washing sanitation.

Not so delicious anymore now is it?
Past / May 2, 2011 at 06:47 pm
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The pies are good eh? Well considering they are made out of puff pastry they aren't exactly what you'd call Canadian. Especially when the owners havn't even been in Canada for more than 5-10 years. Not sure if it's because they are from another country that they don't follow proper health and safety, or simply because they choose to ignore the rules and regulations. A friend of mine recently had the mushroom quiche and ended up with diarrhea. Mushrooms don't exactly cause this, however bacteria from improper sanitation can.
The pies used to be made down at the location of Cafe Florentin at Queen and Carlaw. The health inspector was called in by the neighboring shop about the garbage, and when the inspector looked around inside they issued the company a conditional pass sign due to improper food temperature storage and improper dish washing sanitation.

Not so delicious anymore now is it?

Health / May 2, 2011 at 06:50 pm
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The pies are good eh? Well considering they are made out of puff pastry they aren't exactly what you'd call Canadian. Especially when the owners havn't even been in Canada for more than 5-10 years. Not sure if it's because they are from another country that they don't follow proper health and safety, or simply because they choose to ignore the rules and regulations. A friend of mine recently had the mushroom quiche and ended up with diarrhea. Mushrooms don't exactly cause this, however bacteria from improper sanitation can.
The pies used to be made down at the location of Cafe Florentin at Queen and Carlaw. The health inspector was called in by the neighboring shop about the garbage, and when the inspector looked around inside they issued the company a conditional pass sign due to improper food temperature storage and improper dish washing sanitation.

Not so delicious anymore now is it?

Lee / May 3, 2011 at 09:35 am
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Over 50% of Canadians are foreign born... being an immigrant doesn't make someone un-Canadian.

I get their pies at the Wychwood Farmer's Market and absolutely love them. The sirloin pie has excellent cuts of beef and a filling that soaks deliciously into the flaky crust.
Carole / May 6, 2011 at 10:33 am
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Their pies are SOOO delicious! The camembert and wild ontario mushroom quiche is my post yoga treat. The shop is delightful and a welcome addition to Queen Street East.
Jing / May 10, 2011 at 11:55 am
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Ran into this little place the past Saturday. It looked so cute so we thought we could try something and take a rest there. Had a wild mushroom quiche. My mom said it was a bit too salty but I love it. I love mushrooms.
AJ / May 23, 2011 at 09:41 pm
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I won't be back. I went today and after hearing today's special "Freshly Squeezed Lemonade" I was enticed to buy a glass despite it's hefty $3.90 price tag. I then happened to glance over to see that the freshly squeezed lemonade was PC Homestyle Lemonade. I could get a whole carton for less than the cost of a glass! The nerve they have to call that a daily special! When I asked the waiter about the discrepancy he gave me some song and dance only to eat his words when the carton (in plain view) was pointed out. Needless to say, I refused to pay the ridiculous markup and I will not be back; which is too bad because despite the awful service, the blatant lying about what was on the menu, I did enjoy the sweet potato and swiss pie.
Cindy replying to a comment from Health / May 26, 2011 at 04:45 pm
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The health inspectors were called in by the city works department when neighbouring buninesses had their basements sewer drains back up with food garbage caused (so the city said) likely from the bakers dumping food down the sinks- ie. sewers since they were too cheap to buy compost bins. Odd none of the other businesses use mushrooms, flour and fruits in anything they sell. The Canadian Pie owners response? "they're all out to get me" Too bad his neighbours care more about the health of HIS customers than he does.
John T / June 11, 2011 at 11:20 pm
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Knowing how to operate a bakery would eliminate this issue with using the toilet system to dump unused products. As for the health inspector saying the problem was the bakery is cover up by the other business i doubt the health inspector would have said that or they would have closed the bakery down
jamez / July 11, 2011 at 09:48 pm
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A.J. THAT is priceless, and not surprising with these people.
pieguys / September 16, 2011 at 09:55 am
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1. service great/ friendly staff
2. the fruit pie and the croissants were both on the stale side? ( I guess that's why they wanted to serve the pie heated)
3. can anyone explain how a piece of pie with ice cream costs $5.50 and if you decide to only have a slice of pie ,it still cost's $5.50 ? how is that possible? Every other normal business would sell a piece of pie at regular price,and if you add ice cream there would be an additional charge. WHO WOULD CHARGE FOR SOMETHING THAT YOU AREN'T GETTING? seems very dishonest.
4. in my opinion this pie was extremely lacking in fruit filling,for a supposed premium product.there was also an abundance of a doughy filler to make up for that lack of fruit.
5. over all a disappointing experience from this over hyped pie cafe.We won't be returning.
Andrea replying to a comment from Girliewirlie123 / September 20, 2011 at 09:58 am
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Jut to let everyone know, you actually have the right to ask to see the written results of their most recent inspection. If they refuse you can complain to public health.
Pie replying to a comment from jamez / September 26, 2011 at 11:42 am
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@ Jamez.... What do you mean by "these people"?
Zoro / November 26, 2011 at 06:06 pm
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I decided to give this place a second chance and omg, so much more yummy selection!
The atmosphere is magical.
The chicken pot pie was to die for!!!
Samantha / December 5, 2011 at 08:56 pm
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Went in today with a couple friends; and though I never take the time to write a review online...I have to agree that they have THE BEST chicken pot pie ever. We all ate it and were lucky that they had just come out of the oven! It was luscious, full of chicken and fresh veggies and the crust was unbelievable--buttery and flaky. Just amazing. I bought 5 more after I ate it for family dinner tonight and everyone raved! Will definitely be back.
Jack / December 13, 2011 at 10:39 pm
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I concur. One of the tastiest chicken pot pies in town. I've had summerhill's and this one at Canadian Pie is still the best I've eaten outside of London (England), not Ontario...
old tenant replying to a comment from Cindy / January 10, 2012 at 12:55 pm
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I lived above this place for almost 7 years, well before this place opened,if there was a problem with sewer pipes, garbage and rodents I can assure you it's the owner of the buildings fault. Terrible landlords! had weekly battles over the pile of tenant's trash that showed up every week on the corner. No Green bins, no recycling and they expected tenants to keep trash in their unit all week. Any issue with the building was dismissed and never addressed. I saw plenty of rats in the back alley years before this place opened up. I had a pie and it was amazing!!
Amanda / January 10, 2012 at 04:15 pm
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I really don't like their crust...so it's kinda of a deal breaker for me!!!
Sandra / February 4, 2012 at 11:20 am
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I went there with a friend, we shared a savory pie and a desert.I agree that the Chicken pot Pie is great, but the Coconut cream pie is my favourite!!!
valerieinto / February 10, 2012 at 10:45 pm
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Happened by there today and decided to pick up a Shepherd's Pie to share with my British boyfriend, and it passed even his high standards - enough to forgive the lack of mash on top. :-)
Sarah / March 20, 2012 at 10:52 am
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Their coffee was good lol There is a bakery on the same side of the street closer to broadview that has great samosas ;)
kay / March 23, 2012 at 05:57 pm
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The portions here have gotten significantly smaller recently. I couldn't believe how TINY they are now serving the slices. A staff person said they have also lowered the prices but I don't think it's worth it.
ted / May 11, 2012 at 05:17 pm
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Did anyone notice that they recently put a ton of new signage on the facade? If the food were good, then they wouldnt need so much tacky signage.
Angela / November 29, 2013 at 01:35 pm
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I heard they are selling or closing down. Is this true? I get my pies at this tiny Organic Market in Richmond Hill. Sue Ellen's Pies are amazing and always a lot of fresh fruit. I wish she would get a store front soon.

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