Wiseys Pies and Bakehouse
Wiseys Pies and Bakehouse at Eglinton and Laird is one of those places that you step into and immediately want to chow down. The display case brims with sweet and savoury treats, all baked fresh daily in the kitchen you can see from the counter.
The barn board walls and communal tables give in a cottage vibe, and everyone chats and sips flat whites ($3.25-$3.75) and watches the other customers ponder their savoury pie choices.
There's mince, potato top, chicken satay, Thai green curry chicken and plain steak or steak and mushroom pie ($6.00 each for the small, $17 for the large and there are several other types available).
If the flat white isn't a red (or, in this case, white) flag, some of the decorations and details might be - Wiseys Pies and Bakehouse is a Can-Kiwi operation, opened by New Zealander Gary Wise (hence the name), partner Karen Kriese-Wise and associates Lee Wymer and Darcy Smith. Gary's brother Paul opened the first Wiseys in Onekawa, New Zealand, and that's where Gary was shown the ropes. He and Karen moved back in March to launch the Wiseys here.
The feature, of course, are the special Kiwi-style meat pies, with tender, flakey crust and filled with rich, savoury ingredients, but they also do quiches and latticed fruit pies, and run a great cottage special of a family size meat pie in combination with a sweet pie for dessert for $30.
You can grab it all to go on your way to Muskoka or the Kawarthas, or just to take home to the city kitchen. Just reheat and you are ready to eat.
For those lingering over a coffee (and they are well outfitted with a La Marzocco machine and Kiwi comrade Pilot Coffee beans) there are so many delightful baked goods to try.
The Chelsea Bun is a fluffier, less cloying version of a cinnamon bun, smeared with a generous dab of icing, or sink your teeth into an eclair, piped with real fresh cream ($3).
They make cinnamon sugar donuts ($1), raspberry buns ($2), beautiful Saskatoon berry and white chocolate scones ($3) and muffins, both savoury ($3) and sweet ($2.50), but the big draw on sweets is the Afghan cookie, a Kiwi classic.
A chocolate cookie made with the not-so-secret-anymore ingredient of cornflakes, giving it that famous crunch, topped with a chocolate ganache and a little nut, the Afghan cookie ($2) is sure to keep them coming back.
Photos by Jesse Milns.