Brick Street Bakery
Brick Street Bakery bakes fresh artisanal breads and pastries from scratch using high quality ingredients, no preservatives, and organic flour.
Not only do they bake their own bread, but use it for handcrafted sandwiches (including what’s known as one of the best BLTs in the city) and make their own savoury treats as well.
Sturdy ledges against the walls are made from old butcher blocks.
Cookies are basic, wholesome and hover around $2, even offering a cheeky “Tollhouse” variety.
Sausage rolls ($3.50) stuff golden brown pastry with pork seasoned with their own spice mix that they spent years going over until it was perfect. The secret to Brick Street’s success lies in their commitment to quality: they constantly tweak products until sales skyrocket, then stick with the winning formula.
Bakewell tarts ($2.75) are an English confection layered with raspberry jam and almond paste, baked and decorated with royal icing. Chocolate, lemon and cheesecake tarts go for the same price.
Bread production actually takes place at the Leslieville location, where they turn out multigrain loaves, ciabatta and much more. Apparently their whole wheat is the most popular.
The “Coronation Chicken” sandwich ($8.35) heaps curry chicken salad made with chicken marinated for four to six hours, fresh apricots, almonds and apple onto their own whole wheat multigrain bread. It’s a nicely crunchy sandwich that’s the perfect amount of messy.
Almond croissants ($2.75) are mainly produced in a commissary space up north where the majority of baking now takes place. There are also Niagara peach danishes ($3.65) and butter brioches ($2.25).
The BLT is kind of a steal at $5.50, served with just the right amount of mayo on their own crispy, fluffy hamburger bun, which really makes this simple sandwich. All meats here are free of hormones and antibiotics.
Hot chocolate ($2.25) isn’t anything particularly special or unique, but they pump out about three hundred a day during the Christmas market. Really, what’s more nostalgic than powdered hot chocolate mix topped with whipped cream and too many mini rainbow marshmallows?
Mincemeat tarts ($2.75) are seasonal traditional English items.
Christmas cakes are also only retailed around the holidays.
You wouldn’t know it to look at them on the shelf, but in unassuming drawstring bags lurks an unexpectedly visual seasonal showstopper.
Dome-shaped Christmas puddings can soak for up to a year and are prepared at home by being steamed, plated upside down, covered in brandy and lit on fire.
Stools and tables provide a place for people to hang when it’s not as busy as it is during the Christmas Market or other events.