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The Best Jamaican Patties in Toronto

Posted by Robyn Urback / September 21, 2011

jamaican patties torontoThe best Jamaican patties in Toronto must have all the right elements. The pastry shell must be light and flaky, but with enough substance to keep it all inside. The filling should be tender and moist; well-seasoned but not obtrusively so. And the flavour (though it goes without saying) should be top-notch. Whether inhaled on its own or sandwiched between some fresh, sweet coco bread, really good patties satiate your cravings for pastry and meat (or veggies) all in one. Enough so to go after the forlorn flakes when you're done.

Not on the list below but worth mentioning is Taste of Life. It's the one purveyor that doesn't offer a meat patty. Instead, its patties are wholly vegan and available in varieties such as Lentil, Miso-Tempeh, and Soya Protein. You can find these patties at Whole Foods, The Big Carrot, and other places around Toronto, packaged in biodegradable film and housed in boxes made of recycled materials.

Vegan offerings aside, here is the list of the best Jamaican patties in Toronto.

See also:

The best jerk chicken in Toronto
The best roti in Toronto

Photos by Jesse Milns

Randy's

Randy's

Randy's has been delivering Patties for the People since 1979, and it seems said people still can't get enough. The take-out shop at Eglinton and Oakwood offers four types of patties--Chicken, Veggie, Ackee & Codfish, and Beef--the latter for which I can certainly attest. Crispy, flaky pastry, juicy seasoned beef, and lots of flavour, all for $1.40 (or $2.50 for Ackee & Cod). More »

Tastee

Tastee

These patties require a stop in Markham - you'll know you've arrived when you see the murals of cartoon kids eating the flaky snack. Tastee makes its patties hot and fresh, to be enjoyed on the spot or bought frozen and taken home. Tastee's Chicken, Beef, and Veggie patties are all wallet-friendly at $1.10 each. More »

Allan's Pastry Shop

Allan's Pastry Shop

From Markham to Scarborough, Allan's Pastry Shop adds a new variety to the roster (well, this list's roster, anyhow) with its Curry Goat patty. The coco bread sandwich is a favourite here, equally applied to its Veggie, Chicken, Goat, or Beef (spicy or mild) patties. Allan's patties are $1.09 each. More »

Caribbean Queen of Patties

Caribbean Queen of Patties

The Queen here goes by the name Georgina and she can be found most days preparing up a fresh batch. The patties at Caribbean Queen are the grab-and-go choice for many commuting via Lansdowne Station, in no small part to their moist, perfectly seasoned fillings. Beef, Chicken, and Veggie patties are $1.50 each. More »

Patty King

Patty King

While the Queen, as just mentioned, can be found further west, the King reigns here on Progress Avenue in Scarborough (and at its Kensington market location). My favourite is the Spicy Beef, with its great savoury filling and perfectly crisp and tender pastry. Patty King also offers Chicken, Goat, and other varieties, and its sweet coco bread is said to make for a delicious patty sandwich. More »

Tinnel's

Tinnel's

Tinnel's has grown from one location to four, offering its signature Jamaican patties at each of its locations throughout the GTA. Tinnel's does Chicken, Veggie, Mild Beef, and Spicy Beef made with Scotch Bonnet peppers, each patty sold for just a dollar and a quarter. More »

Fahmee Bakery

Fahmee Bakery

Fahmee Bakery in Scarborough doesn't have much room for loitering, but most customers just want to take their patties (fresh or frozen) home to eat anyway. Fahmee's patties come in Spicy Beef, Mild Beef, Chicken, and Veggie, often served sandwiched between some of their signature coco bread. Patties at Fahmee are $1.42 each. More »

Michidean Limited

Michidean Limited

Michidean Limited in Markham does mostly wholesale, which means if you're in the mood for a patty, you'll likely end up with 12. Of course, that's not really a bad thing. Michidean's Veggie, Beef, and Chicken patties can be purchased for $9/doz from their store at Birchmount and 14th, or found sold at various places throughout the GTA. More »

Discussion

81 Comments

akswun / September 21, 2011 at 10:25 am
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haven't tried Randy's and I'll have to make a trip there. But Allans is the best... for me that is. Soft, flakey, and moist! all in a coco bread. I'm hungry!
Tuffy / September 21, 2011 at 10:25 am
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I don't know the name of the place but, place that sells them in Bathurst Station is really good.
Mark / September 21, 2011 at 11:04 am
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w00t, FAHMEE! I was convinced this place wouldn't be on the list because of the location and how small it is. That place isn't much to look at, but they have some of the best food and they're friendly!
matt / September 21, 2011 at 11:27 am
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Anyone know if any of the above "veggie" patties -outside of the Taste of Life vegan ones - are actually vegetarian? (most patties have beef suet in the pasty dough)
Howie / September 21, 2011 at 11:38 am
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Tastee and patty king made the top 10? Maybe blog to should reconsider who decides these kinda things

As far as I'm concerned Michideans should rank top 3
mike in parkdale / September 21, 2011 at 11:40 am
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anyone know where the ones sold at Island Foods are made? Those are some great patties.
Daniel / September 21, 2011 at 11:45 am
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What about the jerk spot? outstanding pattyhttp://www.d1sh.com/dishes/jamaican-beef-patty-extra-spicy/
Alice / September 21, 2011 at 11:47 am
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Jerk King at 1104 Bloor West gets my vote. The pastry and spice are perfect.
Dwayne / September 21, 2011 at 11:50 am
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There will always be a debate. For years my family has enjoyed Randy patty. I think an honourable mention should go to Pattie World on Guided Ct, in Etobicoke. The question thats missing from the post is "how many times have you burnt your tongue because you couldn't wait for you pattie to cool down"
andy / September 21, 2011 at 11:55 am
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How is Alberts Real Jamaican Foods at St. Clair and Vaughn Road NOT on this list?
AK / September 21, 2011 at 12:10 pm
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This comment will get a lot of hate, but the patties sold at that Union Station convenience store are pretty legit
Michelle replying to a comment from andy / September 21, 2011 at 12:16 pm
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I don't think Albert's makes their own patty. I'm pretty sure they are brought in from Randy's. Randy's is my fave. Family loves Michidean's, and hubby loves Allan's.
Michelle replying to a comment from AK / September 21, 2011 at 12:46 pm
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Totally. I think they are from Patty King.
Justin replying to a comment from Tuffy / September 21, 2011 at 01:06 pm
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Seconded.
LJ replying to a comment from Tuffy / September 21, 2011 at 01:39 pm
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thirded
RGB / September 21, 2011 at 01:51 pm
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I know it was under renovation for awhile, but how is that take out spot in Warden station not even ranked?
Patty / September 21, 2011 at 02:25 pm
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@Alice I totally agree with you! I've tried all of the above places and Jerk King does have the best ones!Pastry is flaky but not dry, and it isn't stingy on the meat or seasoning. i find their curries are actually best too. homemade scotch bonnet hot sauce is delice!
Adam / September 21, 2011 at 02:36 pm
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If you haven't tried no. 4 (Caribbean Queen of Patties at Bloor and Lansdowne), you really must. Go for the patties, stay for the oxtail dinner.
SB / September 21, 2011 at 03:17 pm
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Allan's are the best followed closely by Michidean, then Tinnels's and Randy's. The worst patties are the ones sold at Bathurst Subway Stn. Heavy pastry and pasty mucky tasteless filling.
KLM / September 21, 2011 at 04:52 pm
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Tastee, really? Michidean and Tinnels definitely need to be in the top 5. Never tried #4 but if it wasn't such a trek, I would be open to having a bite.

If you think Allan's @ Peanut Plaza is good, you should try the ones from the head office on Kennedy.
patty mon / September 21, 2011 at 09:21 pm
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bathurst station not on the list?
yall bullsh!tting
Rita replying to a comment from Tuffy / September 22, 2011 at 12:54 pm
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Fourthed!?

Honestly, I stop by Bathurst Station if I'm on the Bloor-Danforth line, just go pick up their patties. I've tried both spicy beef and vegetarian patties and they're SO GOOD.
the lemur replying to a comment from Rita / September 22, 2011 at 03:07 pm
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People try to get into the station without paying a fare just to be able to buy those patties.
heavy d / September 22, 2011 at 06:32 pm
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who's on for a patty crawl? Niagara has wine tours. Tdot should have patty tours!

God bless Tdot and all it's diversity. we are truly blessed to enjoy such good food from all corners of the globe. Having lived outside of the Tdot, I know how horrible it can be to get 1yr old frozen patties that have been sitting on the shelf in some local store or have a zero patty supply.

I'm shocked that Michidean ranked so low. you forgot Non-Nisa in markham too (or are they still there?)


heavy d / September 22, 2011 at 06:39 pm
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a couple of patties and a bottle of Ting. I hope heaven has those things.
mitard replying to a comment from heavy d / September 24, 2011 at 12:29 pm
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Stop saying "Tdot".
Princesse / September 24, 2011 at 03:21 pm
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I used to buy yummy beef patties from a convenience store near Bloor & Christie, I think they were from Patty King, too. (Paper bags with green ink with their logo?)

I'm not crazy about Randy's (too much crust) and I never go to Bathurst Station (filling is too runny.)
Sean / September 24, 2011 at 06:16 pm
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Your map is missing the Patty King location in Scarborough on Progress. Seems only fitting as this is where the company is based.
Dillon / September 24, 2011 at 08:47 pm
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Patty King!..... really PATTY eFFin KING!!! Patty king is sooo ass, hands down the worst patty ever! The filling taste so bad, I convinced its not really meat. The only ones I know are Randy's(for sure the best) Tastee's, Allens, and Tinnel's. The rest never herd of but wouldn't mind trying.
Nick / September 25, 2011 at 09:17 am
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I need help with this one guys, but there's a patty shop in Rexdale that definitely challenges Randy's for the number one spot. I just can't remember the name. They do both an ackee and callaloo patty that are killer.
urafool replying to a comment from mitard / September 25, 2011 at 10:04 am
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Lol ever heard of free speech, kid?
He can say whatever the heck he wants whether you like it or not!
Graham / September 26, 2011 at 02:36 pm
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I used to work right by Ja Patty and agree they were my favorites. Lot's of Jamaican places carry their patties. The veggie ones are like butter and so cheap too!
Pilar / September 28, 2011 at 09:15 pm
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Yay for Randy's!!! Does anyone know where you can get cheese patties? Thanks!
Cameron replying to a comment from mitard / September 29, 2011 at 03:23 pm
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Mitard, Tdot is another way of saying "Toronto". Utard.
Andrea / October 8, 2011 at 12:23 am
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Randy's tops my list too! My sis and I even did a vid about it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28gAHTHQUSw
no credit check personal loans online / November 11, 2011 at 03:56 am
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I can not figure out how do I subscribe to your blog?
Cathryn / February 23, 2012 at 06:59 pm
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I think there should be another one dedicated just to the patties sold at subway stations. Islington station has amazing patties with coco buns, Bathurst station always smells amazing and I've heard good things about Warden station patties too.
Pattytodiwhurl / February 23, 2012 at 07:17 pm
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I have a sensitive stomach and found out that patties I've been eating have been causing an allergic reaction due to its MSG. Are the any that don't contain MSG? :(
Paul / February 23, 2012 at 07:54 pm
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416SnackBar has an amazing beef patty. Not always but often.
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Shiro replying to a comment from Howie / May 10, 2012 at 10:14 am
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You're right.
I was thinking the same thing.
NetD / August 18, 2012 at 12:14 am
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'Non Nisa' patties used to be great. Not sure if they're still around though.
Gabe / August 18, 2012 at 02:12 am
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I'd do the Tdot Tour.
COSPLAY / September 26, 2012 at 10:59 pm
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Yay for Randy's!!! Does anyone know where you can get cheese patties? Thanks!
Julien replying to a comment from patty mon / October 22, 2012 at 02:55 pm
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I am so surprised that the Patty shops on the subway lines(Bathurst & Warden) didn't make the list. Most of the patties in the above list are basiclly the same in my opinion. For example Patty king and Mr.Tastee.


Julien

billyian replying to a comment from AK / December 12, 2012 at 01:16 pm
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The patties at Union station are from Tastee
Sandy replying to a comment from NetD / December 20, 2012 at 09:51 am
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I used to go to the NonNisa bakery but I think they have closed down because everytime I've been by recently the door is locked, but the signage is still up.
Sabrina / September 18, 2013 at 05:57 pm
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the beef patties @ Pattie World - 86 Guided Court (Martin Grove and Steeles area)....B E S T I've ever had...I've introduced several others to this place and they've all agreed its the best they've ever had too :)
craven / March 7, 2014 at 11:19 pm
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PATTY TIME in Scarborough. Trust.
brad replying to a comment from Pattytodiwhurl / March 23, 2014 at 05:01 pm
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Your comment is invalid. MSG is not an allergen therefore you can not be allergic to it.
Mike / May 9, 2014 at 12:26 pm
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Anywhere in Downtown Toronto or Brampton selling Michidean patties?
Shtri / June 1, 2014 at 07:53 pm
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By far Allan's are the best. MSG may not be an allergen, but you can still have a reaction to it.
Jan / June 25, 2014 at 09:05 am
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Anyone who hasn't tried Fahmee Bakery should give it a try. Everyone who lives/lived near there swears by it, including myself.
Won / June 29, 2014 at 01:02 pm
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"GRACE'S PATTY WORLD & JAMAICAN JERK" by ALBION and WESTMORE Dr. Is not listed here!!! Why not!!! Tried the veggie and the callalo. The pastry is nice and flaky yet not grease. They were great patties!!
Thanx Grace letting me post this!
kris / July 10, 2014 at 10:26 pm
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You guys missed the real number one. Bathurst station.
TorontoFoodBwoy / July 30, 2014 at 03:15 pm
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Gerry's on St Clair....that is all I have to say
rickyv199 / July 30, 2014 at 04:24 pm
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The shop inside Bathurst Station needs to be here.
Shey / July 31, 2014 at 11:53 am
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How is Michidean at the bottom? *hiss teet*
Shey replying to a comment from patty mon / July 31, 2014 at 11:54 am
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You know what's up
jgpowjh / July 31, 2014 at 01:46 pm
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aahhh GERRY's on St Clair
Marina / August 4, 2014 at 05:22 pm
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I love Non-Nisa Patties. Does anyone know where I can get them?
TV on the radio / August 4, 2014 at 05:48 pm
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ISLAND FOODS PATTIES
are so so so so so so good. My sister used to work there - the patties are made in-house and they are never, ever kept overnight. Always fresh, never frozen, for reals!
Thomas Hidderley / August 4, 2014 at 07:39 pm
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Forget about Patties, get to Wiseys Pies and Bakehouse on Eglinton East, for real New Zealand style MEAT pies, sorry the patties just don't cut it anymore compared to these tasty juicy things, I'm almost there daily now!!
Alex Singh replying to a comment from Thomas Hidderley / August 4, 2014 at 07:59 pm
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I said that about your mom.
justpatties / August 5, 2014 at 12:20 am
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No one want a New Zealand style meat pie on here .
Kate / August 5, 2014 at 01:20 am
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second whoever supplies the spot in Warden subway station - used to get them there 20 yrs ago and now my kids buy them there...maybe it's Patty King?
- / August 5, 2014 at 11:17 pm
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-- rosewood in scarborough should be on that list... also why is patty king on this list. it's in the freezer section at no frills
chanika / August 19, 2014 at 01:18 am
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patty time in Scarborough should definitely be considered! the best patties i've had ever! i dont eat anything else! any patties that are in the grocery store shouldn't be considered! as a Jamaican I'm almost offended
Jackiesha / August 27, 2014 at 12:05 pm
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Patty that are sold at subway stations normally come from "somewhere" not made by them. My fave are Tunnels, Michedean and Allan's.... But now that I've read some comments I'm gonna drive around and try some new ones.
olumac / October 9, 2014 at 05:59 pm
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Tunnels,Alans and Michidean! In that order..patty king is the absolute worst..terrible..and its in the freezer in no frills ..poor representation of Jamaican patties.
dash / October 12, 2014 at 07:39 pm
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Try juici patties mmm the best..
hilda / October 26, 2014 at 03:55 pm
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Union station patties are yummy!! It's been 25 years since I was last there and still remember.
Tamara / October 26, 2014 at 10:51 pm
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Missing is the BEST!!! Patty Time
srars / October 27, 2014 at 02:02 am
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warden station should be on this list!!!!
Wil / October 30, 2014 at 11:34 am
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Christopher, let's do a road trip.
asad replying to a comment from Thomas Hidderley / November 2, 2014 at 09:54 pm
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lol no one wants that garbage jamaican patties are far superior then any New Zealand style MEAT pies
ree / November 2, 2014 at 10:06 pm
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You people who keep commenting about various subway station pattys... they all come from the same places on this list usually taystee, michidean or patty king. Duh.
patties for life / November 2, 2014 at 10:06 pm
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randy`s is still the best, they still hand cut patties with dough and meat fillings made from scratch!
Nuhwen / November 3, 2014 at 01:52 pm
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Try Patty Time (2919 Lawrence Ave E, Scarborough) then update your list.
Y.S. / November 3, 2014 at 06:21 pm
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How is Patty King even in this competition? For the sake of having and even amount of restaurants to discuss? There pattys are WACK!
Y.S. / November 3, 2014 at 06:21 pm
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an*
Jem replying to a comment from Nick / November 6, 2014 at 11:11 am
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I had to help you...i was on here LOOKINg for the address for that place. they are by far the BEST!!!!

pretty sure this is it!!
badddddd ackee and callalloo patties nuh rossss!

Pattie World Bakery
86 Guided Crt
Etobicoke, ON
M9V 5H1
Phone: 416-749-6111
Cell: 416-566-5910

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