Saving Mondays serves up cookies and coffee in the baked goods desert that is the Junction Triangle.
Bringing the smell of sweet, sweet dough to an industrial patch just off the West Toronto Railpath, the bakery takes over the bottom of an old hockey puck factory-turned-office space.
A bakery offshoot of nearby Hale Coffee, and partner project with Elie Kirreh of the beloved cookie wholesaler The Red Bench, Saving Mondays' mandate is to (literally) try and save workers from the dreary Monday blues with direct-trade roasts, bagels, and cookies.
You'll smell it before you see it: the kitchen's HVAC hood is connected to pipes which purposely pump the scent of freshly baked cookies out into the world, Mr. Christie-style.
There are usually three varieties available daily. The day we arrive, it's the Nutterdam, Salt Flake City, and Cookies N Cream, for $2.75 each.
They're each incredible on their own: Nutterdam has Nutella, Salt Flake City is basically a brownie in cookie form, with a sprinkle of seal salt. Cookies N Cream uses real crushed Oreos.
When asked what the key is to making such good cookies, Kirreh says, "a shitload of butter". I co-sign this statement, and encourage other bakers to live by this dogma.
Caffeine pick-me-ups come in th form of lattes, espressos, drip, and the like using Hale's roster of beans like the core blend Hale Espresso.
There are bowls and bagels, the latter of which are the only thing items not made in house and which come in a variety of simple spreads along with a few more decked-out forms.
The Heart Beet ($7.50) is purely vegetarian and uses a beet cream cheese, with arugula, tomatos, onions, and cucumbers.
The O.G. Lox ($8.50) is an alfafa sprout-covered masterpiece with house-made chive and dill cream cheese, smoked salmon, sliced onions, and capers.
There isn't much else in this area for the employees of Fresh Books and Space co-workers to nom on, but in terms of midday office breaks, Saving Mondays is probably as good as it gets.