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Pancho's Bakery

Posted by Emily Thomas / Posted on September 18, 2009

Panchos Bakery TorontoPancho's Bakery is a godsend. By way of explanation, here are four main reasons why I love this place:

1. It's simple.

I know exactly what I'll find on the inside because it says so on the outside: Mexican Bread. I seriously find the idea of a straight-up bread bakery enticing, and kudos to Pancho's because it takes confidence to build a business around one simple item. There are about a dozen baskets full of fresh bread, mostly sweet and of slight variation. Many items involve cinnamon or marmalade. We bag vanilla conchas (which also come in chocolate), cinnamon buns and orejas (something we've never tried before). On our way out, I notice (in the nick of time!) a handmade sign taped to the counter listing tamales and chorizo. These items are stashed in a freezer and out of sight (so as not to disrupt the bread coherence?) and I feel relieved to have noticed them, and yet burdened at the same time because I'm going to have to make an additional purchase and I'm out of cash.Panchos Bakery

2. The service is charming.

We get our tamales for free. I try to pay for them with a credit card but Pancho's only accepts debit (and cash). I guess we clearly appear disappointed at the idea of leaving the tamales behind, because the young guy behind the counter says it's okay and hands us the bag of tamales on the house. I'm not saying it takes a freebie for the service to be good, but it sure doesn't hurt. There's a definite language barrier between him and us, but we manage to glean minimal info: His family is from Michoacan where they have plenty of Pancho's Bakeries (est. 1927). Pancho is the founder and this young man's father. Everything is baked on site and the place has been up and running (in Toronto) for about two months now, supplying Mexican food joints around the city including La Tortilleria.Panchos Bakery

3. Bang for your buck.

This place has offerings that hover around a dollar. There are even a few pastries for forty-five cents. This pleases me because it means that Pancho's Bakery is doing something right and getting a lot of business (you can't make a living off of forty-five cent pastries in less you're selling a lot of them, I imagine). It also pleases me because it means I can purchase a pastry for forty-five cents, which feel like a miracle because it's not 1958. The conchas are a buck fifty, tax included. The tamales are two bucks each and it looks like a lot of work has gone into them, certainly handcrafted.Panchos Bakery

4. It's delicious.

The day I go to Pancho's is the day I eat too much. The vanilla conchas are gigantic. They should probably be split between friends or enjoyed over time, but I put one away on my own in twenty minutes. That gloriously fresh, sweet and soft Mexican bread gives me a stomachache for a short while (because, really, it should be split between friends or enjoyed over time). I warm up the tamales a couple hours later but can find no one to share them with, so I finish them on my own. But I have no regrets. They're comforting, with ever-so-gently-spiced pork and chicken mole.Panchos BakeryPanchos BakeryPanchos BakeryPanchos BakeryPanchos Bakery

Discussion

11 Comments

Maria / September 18, 2009 at 10:28 am
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Yep, it all looks like authentic Mexican bread. So cool, thanks for the review!
Jonathan / September 18, 2009 at 11:17 am
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Do you know any history of this place? Their logo inludes -1927- on the bottom of the chef hat. Have they been at that location, or even operating, for 72 years?
Cpt. Obvious replying to a comment from Jonathan / September 18, 2009 at 11:39 am
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I gather (directly) from the review that the original Pancho's opened in 1927 in the Mexican state of Michoacan, and that this new location has been open for about 2 months.
Kristen / September 18, 2009 at 02:01 pm
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Its a great place. There are always different things to try, the staff is very nice, and everything is delicious! I do find it hard to find the same thing twice, and I wish my spanish was better so I could know what some of the items were!
Maria replying to a comment from Jonathan / September 18, 2009 at 03:46 pm
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On the review she is saying they have been doing the bread the same way since 1972 back in Mexico that's what the logo is about!!.. I believe it's really mexican food and mexican bread I have to say is so delicious!!!!!.. I'll definetely go to this place!
Patrick / September 23, 2009 at 11:44 am
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Whenever I hear of any new Mexican anything, I am all up in it. The review is bang on, very good bakery with lots of yummy goodness. I was looking forward to the tamales however, as the review states, they are frozen and when I went (Sunday at noon), they only had 1 available. I will try again one more time in the next few weeks.
Lothar / October 5, 2009 at 09:31 am
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Pancho's is a great addition to the neighbourhood!
SEE: http://www.thestar.com/living/food/article/702935
Laura / November 14, 2009 at 11:41 pm
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Hi !!
his bakery is wonderful...I'm Mexican and I can assure its bread is authentic. We cannot ask for more...
They just opened another location at Kensington Market...
nelson / January 9, 2011 at 05:18 pm
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I ordered a Tres Leches Cake. Three milk cake. It was a Christmas gift for my future mother inlaw. She loved the cake and the whole family enjoyed it. Very popular cake in Mexico. Great service.
echeberria / May 2, 2011 at 08:20 pm
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yo soy de las personas que no me c=gusta ninguna comida cuando salgo de mi pais y ahora que estubede vacaciones en toronto prove este pan y dios mio es igualito al sabor mexicano como si fuera a la esquina de mi casa a comerr

panchos bakery
quee ricoo! y delicioso esta todooo
Sparky / April 21, 2013 at 12:58 pm
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OMFG! Do they make tamales?!?!?!?! Can't get any real tamales in this entire goddamned country!

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