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Barton Snacks (Bathurst)

Posted by Robyn Urback / Reviewed on June 13, 2012 / review policy

Barton SnacksBarton Snacks is one of those throwback snack shops but with a bit of a healthy twist. Here you'll find chips made with avocado oil, natural chocolates from ChocoSol , and Johnnie Ryan soda made with cane sugar instead of lots of things you can't pronounce. While there is the odd bottle of Coke and packet of Pop Rocks kicking around (and I can certain appreciate the appeal of the latter), the emphasis is on snack food that's (somewhat) better for you.

Barton SnacksThe shop was conceived by Katherine Lehto, who tells me she spent 10 years in the food service industry in Toronto. She stumbled upon this space — a former psychic's "realm" — when she went looking for a home for her concept, and named it after the adjacent street. Katherine then purged the space of its, uh, "spiritual" past, painted one wall a bright orange and affixed wooden touches here and there to give it more "snack shack" feel.

Barton SnacksThe big summertime draw will likely be the Maypole ice creams, available in a rotating roster of eight flavours and served in a cone or take-out Chinese container ($3.50/$4.50/$5.50). Katherine says she working on a signature ice cream sandwich, which will include two soft homemade cookies and (optionally) rolled in a dusting of Pop Rocks.

Barton SnacksKids (and I, admittedly) will surely go nuts for the frozen treat, but Barton Snack has eats and drinks for adults, too. Katherine is currently pulling espressos ($2.50) for Americanos ($2.75), cappuccinos ($3.75) and lattes ($4.00) with beans roasted by Velvet Sunrise in Stouffville, and will soon offer Vietnamese coffees and the option of almond milk. For snacking, there are bags of G.H. Creators caramel/cheddar popcorn mix ($5.00), Kettle Chips (2/$5.50) and British candies to come.

Barton SnacksI sip an iced Americano (straw from an old-school straw dispenser, of course), and find it has a floral, earthy taste, almost matcha-like in note. Katherine serves it literally overflowing with ice, which I can appreciate on this extraordinarily humid day. She tells me she's also planning to open another Barton Snacks over on Queen Street (next to Fat Bastard Burrito) that will have a bit more of a food focus (though this location is also planning to offer grilled cheese sandwiches made with St. John's Bakery breads).

"We're just a modern snack bar," Katherine says as I gather my drink to leave. "With a bit of old school fun."

Barton SnacksBarton SnacksPhotos by Jesse Milns

Discussion

28 Comments

Welshgrrl / June 13, 2012 at 01:18 pm
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I walk by this intersection occasionally on the way home - will pop in for an ice cream next time.
Bon / June 13, 2012 at 01:41 pm
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Pop rocks on an ice cream sandwich. I have to try it!
Johanna / June 13, 2012 at 01:44 pm
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This place looks fantastic! Can't wait to check it out!!
Nob / June 13, 2012 at 01:57 pm
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Awww, someone's rich daddy gave her money to play candy store with. How fun!
Welshgrrl / June 13, 2012 at 02:22 pm
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Awww, and a troll shows up right on schedule. How dull!
Liz replying to a comment from Nob / June 13, 2012 at 03:11 pm
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@Nob - Where in the world do you get that from? For all we know, it could be the result of bank loans or investment of her life savings. Nob indeed.
Panic replying to a comment from Nob / June 13, 2012 at 03:13 pm
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Wow, and I thought I was cynical.
Maureen replying to a comment from Nob / June 13, 2012 at 03:18 pm
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Out of your jealous tiny noggin', Nobby? Get off your couch and buy a cone, then enjoy it.
Maxer replying to a comment from Nob / June 13, 2012 at 03:27 pm
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Get a noggin, Nob!
Georgian / June 13, 2012 at 03:35 pm
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When I was in high-school, this corner was a brew-your-own place.
kalinda replying to a comment from Nob / June 13, 2012 at 03:53 pm
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I used to work with Katherine. She is a wonderful, sweet and a hard working person. She saved up for this place. She's earned it. Not rich daddy syndrome.
Renee / June 13, 2012 at 05:24 pm
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Hey Nob.... Katherine and her partner Chris have worked very, very hard for everything they have. Nobody gave anybody anything. They are 2 of the nicest, hardworking and lovely people I know and am proud to call them my friends. You are a giant asshole. Have a nice day!
Simon / June 13, 2012 at 06:59 pm
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I walk past this place every day and was stoked to see it open. Looks great and they'll be getting a lot of my money this summer!
nobbier / June 13, 2012 at 07:33 pm
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More overpriced mediocre ice cream cones! Now thats something to get excited about.
the lemur / June 13, 2012 at 09:57 pm
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This looks interesting, but I don't know if the concept is enough to sustain a place like this, especially in that location (that corner seems to be cursed when it comes to retail use).
plongie / June 13, 2012 at 10:42 pm
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Stumbled up on the place during a walk and happy to see it being profiled on blogto. Got myself a yummy strawberry ice cream cone. The woman in the picture was super friendly.
Gigot / June 14, 2012 at 02:20 am
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All I could have from this place (PROBABLY) would be the ice cream and chips, unfortunately, the Johnnie Ryan soda would be off-limits. That doesn't mean that I wouldn't stop by for something to eat, though; this looks like it's a great place, with great ice cream and chips.
cindy replying to a comment from Nob / June 14, 2012 at 11:10 am
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Your a loser. I wonder what kind of shitty 9 to 5 job you have.
Simon / June 17, 2012 at 11:47 pm
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To follow up my post above: took my girlfriend here for ice cream cones the other night, and ran into a friend taking his kids by for same. Very much not mediocre or over-priced. Really enjoyed it, a very welcome addition to the neighbourhood!
Kstover / June 18, 2012 at 02:23 pm
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Katherine is a fantastic, driven individual who is destined to succeed. This is her passion and she personally saved up all the money that was put into the place. I can't wait to come visit and enjoy some delicious, quirky, feel-good snacks!!
Cycling Hippo replying to a comment from cindy / June 25, 2012 at 03:56 pm
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Losers can't spell good.
SueK replying to a comment from Nob / July 18, 2012 at 05:33 pm
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LOL:-)
siue / August 12, 2012 at 07:05 pm
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Now there's vegan scoop ice cream and vegan chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches!
Kid / September 5, 2012 at 05:32 pm
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Went there today got an americano twas bad
the lemur / February 8, 2013 at 10:34 am
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On hiatus for several months now. Have to wonder about the business model.
D'uh replying to a comment from the lemur / February 25, 2013 at 11:54 am
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You mean, selling ice-cream in the winter? Hope you didn't wonder too hard or long.
deb / May 10, 2013 at 11:13 am
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I pass by this place almost every day and I've never seen it open. I give up.
ron / July 8, 2014 at 09:27 pm
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Anyone know why it hasn't been open for the last while?

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