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Toronto’s Best Butter Tarts Aren’t in Toronto

My thinking exactly :)

May 27, 2013
hadra in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Toronto’s Best Butter Tarts Aren’t in Toronto

Thanks for the tip, Wiley, I'll definitely check them out!

Cheers,
buttertartbliss

May 27, 2013
hadra in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Toronto’s Best Butter Tarts Aren’t in Toronto

Agreed! I think with nuts in the filling, they cease to be butter tarts and become something else. Maybe I'm a purist? :)

Cheers,
buttertartbliss

May 27, 2013
hadra in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Toronto’s Best Butter Tarts Aren’t in Toronto

I thought Tartistry was an interesting venue, with the antiques and live jazz on Saturdays, but I was really unimpressed by the buttertarts. They weren't runny at all, when I broke them open, the filling stayed solid. The pastry left a greasy feel on the fingers. Disappointing, because the tea china and atmosphere was great. I think I gave them a 6-7/10, and at $3.05 each, they were not cheap.

May 27, 2013
hadra in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Toronto’s Best Butter Tarts Aren’t in Toronto

Shari, I attended that butter tart tasting in Peterborough, and Betty's was one of my top two favourites. My most favourite, however, were the tarts from The Pie Shack in Fenelon Falls. :) I'm going to make a drive up there this summer, I think! The old Fenelon Falls bakery is where we used to get great Fern Tarts growing up, I wonder if The Pie Shack makes them?

Cheers,
buttertartbliss

May 27, 2013
hadra in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Toronto’s Best Butter Tarts Aren’t in Toronto

Shari, apart from the best buttertarts in the GTA, Hansen's has the best fern tarts I've tasted since I was a kid! Also great are their empire cookies. You know what's also great? Their friendly service, it's a real neighbourhood place.

Cheers,
buttertartbliss

May 27, 2013
hadra in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Toronto’s Best Butter Tarts Aren’t in Toronto

Agreed! I've named the old-fashioned butter tarts (not the ones in the tins, the ones made by hand) at Hansens (The Danish Pastry Shop on Pape Ave near Cosburn) as the best in the GTA. I haven't found one to top them, although I haven't made it to Maid's Cottage yet!

Cheers,
buttertart bliss

May 27, 2013
hadra in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Toronto’s Best Butter Tarts Aren’t in Toronto

Did anyone check out the First Annual Kawarthas Northumberland Butter Tart Taste-Off in Peterborough yesterday? It was a great chance to taste the wares of a number of the bakeries mentioned in this thread, all gathered in one place. Great savings on time & gas! However, we were surprised by some of the winners, like Doo Doo's, which didn't even make my visual cut. One of our top picks, Betty's, did win overall best. My favourite, The Pie Shack (Fenelon Falls), didn't receive any nods at all. I was also disappointed by the offerings of some bakeries that many others have praised, like Dooher's (Campbellford) and Country Mart (Buckhorn). But it was a fun day and we got some great photos of the people behind the tarts!

Cheers,
buttertartbliss

Apr 29, 2013
hadra in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Toronto’s Best Butter Tarts Aren’t in Toronto

Thanks for the notes and the photos! I am looking forward to trying Maid's Cottage in Newmarket and All the Best Fine Foods (is that the place at Yonge & Marlborough?).

I believe I've found my fave butter tarts (so far!), at the Danish Pastry Shop on Pape (be sure to ask for the old fashioned ones, not the ones in the tins), $1.65 each. The pastry is gorgeously soft, a little on the sweet side, reminiscent of a butter cookie. Although not my traditional choice, this pastry is handled so deftly and confidently that I can suspend my doubts and just enjoy. But it’s the filling that’s the real star – rich and buttery, its sweetness controlled with a hint of salt, and pleasingly plump raisins. Plus, it oozes perfectly.

I've tried Circles & Squares butter tarts at Dark Horse Espresso bar and they were ok, but not great.

Cheers,
buttertartbliss

Jan 04, 2013
hadra in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Toronto’s Best Butter Tarts Aren’t in Toronto

Looks promising, fryerlover, thanks! I'm definitely going to add it to my list of places to check out!

Nov 27, 2012
hadra in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

PC Sweet and Salty Kettle Corn - damn, this stuff is good!

Just tried the President's Choice microwave salty & sweet popcorn. Very light tasting, but nice & fresh!

Nov 27, 2012
hadra in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Toronto’s Best Butter Tarts Aren’t in Toronto

I just made the 90-minute drive out to Little Britain to finally try Butter Tarts 'n More after wanting to go there for years (they were always closed when we drove by). Frankly, I was really disappointed by the butter tarts after hearing so much about this place. The filling had a sharp, almost vinagary taste that we found off-putting. The pastry was delicate, but almost too soft. The pastry actually crumbled when we picked up the heavier fruit tarts (which otherwise were quite good, especially the raspberry and raspberry coconut). Thankfully, the decadent Chelsea Buns that we brought home were actually worth the drive. The long line-up behind us just before closing told us this place was popular, but most of the people were buying pies, pizza buns and something called a veggie bun.

Oct 15, 2012
hadra in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Toronto’s Best Butter Tarts Aren’t in Toronto

The butter tarts at San Remo are quite good, about 8/10. We stumbled on them by surprise (would not have gone looking for a good butter tart in an Italian bakery/gelateria/deli) and could tell by looking at them that they had potential! We each ate one in the cafe and they were good enough to take two more home.

Oct 14, 2012
hadra in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Toronto’s Best Butter Tarts Aren’t in Toronto

Celina's offers a decent butter tart, with a buttery, rich filling that runs (a bit too much) all over the plate, good number of plump raisins. Pastry is buttery, but too thick for my liking (wrong filling:crust ratio). Looks pretty, but isn't perfect.

Oct 14, 2012
hadra in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Ottawa recommendations

Joy Bistro, good solid Asian fusion, pleasant staff, reasonable prices, and something I've not seen very often, a female sushi chef.

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Joy Bistro
884 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M1J3, CA

Nov 11, 2011
hadra in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Missing Henry's "Sticky Honey Shrimp" - anyone know a current substitute?

My friends and I used to go to Henry's Hunan (College & Bathurst) every month or so, the place was a dive (the bathrooms were legendarily awful), but the food was great and we basically filled the place. We used to fight over his "Sticky Honey Shrimp"... even with two or more orders... basically jumbo shrimp, battered & deep fried, and then slathered in this amazing honey-based sauce. Sounds awful, but they were amazing.

Sadly, Henry's closed down without any notice a number of years back, but I still miss that Sticky Honey Shrimp. Has anyone ever heard of Henry opening another restaurant, or of a similar dish offered anywhere in Toronto?

Nov 11, 2011
hadra in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Suggestions for bakery to find large, reasonably priced, layer cake

This is definitely not a storefront operation. It's a commercial bakery, and you go in the side door, wander around the kitchen until someone notices you and sends you upstairs to the office. You pay Vangie, who is very nice, and then she takes you back downstairs to the kitchen to pick up your cake. It was fine for a large crowd & reasonbly priced, although not spectacular. One item of note, they can do pretty much anything on a cake, including reproducing a photograph (which could look pretty cheesy, or fun, depending on your perspective and the photo used. :) Vangie also did offer to have it delivered, even to my private residence, although it would have to be early in the morning.

May 04, 2011
hadra in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

K-cups for Keurig Coffeemaker?

Thanks for the heads up. I hadn't noticed them there, will have to comparison shop! Mostly right now we're enjoying buying individual cups to try different flavours & brands, rather than buying a box of 18 or 24 of one kind, and places like ECS allow us to do that.

Mar 25, 2011
hadra in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

K-cups for Keurig Coffeemaker?

Really? In what city/town?

Mar 24, 2011
hadra in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

PC Sweet and Salty Kettle Corn - damn, this stuff is good!

I buy it at Price Chopper and Sobey's. Recently found a Cinnamon Kettle Corn version that was omg good!

Mar 09, 2011
hadra in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

K-cups for Keurig Coffeemaker?

Thanks for this tip, morty999! ECS was definitely worth the trip to Burlington for us from downtown Toronto. They had a great variety in K-cups, with the ability to buy individual cups in different varities (but only in quantities of 12 and 24), as well as boxes of 24 of the same kind. You could also taste a particular K-cup to see if you wanted to buy that variety. They also had lots of other products, including flavoured syrups (in small trial sizes for $2 ea as well as large bottles), pods for Tassimo fans, coffee/tea related gifts, and other kinds of coffee/hot drink individual packets. Their website is quite extensive and a great way to see the products offered. Friendly & helpful service and their prices were as good or better than other suppliers.

Jan 31, 2011
hadra in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

K-cups for Keurig Coffeemaker?

All of these tips were extremely helpful, thanks!

Dec 30, 2010
hadra in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Cupcake/cookie places on Queen East--have I missed any?

I had a bad experience at Sweet Bliss as well with the service. The girl made me feel like a complete bother. The stuff was over-priced and not at all special. Quite the disappointment.

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Sweet Bliss
1304 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L, CA

Jun 10, 2010
hadra in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Suggestions for bakery to find large, reasonably priced, layer cake

Thank you! Will definitely give them a call.

Jun 10, 2010
hadra in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Suggestions for bakery to find large, reasonably priced, layer cake

Good lead, thanks, will see if I can order through a store in time.

Jun 10, 2010
hadra in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Suggestions for bakery to find large, reasonably priced, layer cake

Thanks very much, millygirl, I'll be sure to check them out!

Jun 10, 2010
hadra in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Suggestions for bakery to find large, reasonably priced, layer cake

Will check it out, thanks.

Jun 09, 2010
hadra in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Suggestions for bakery to find large, reasonably priced, layer cake

Dufflet's cakes are great, but out of my price range.

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Dufflet
787 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

Jun 09, 2010
hadra in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Suggestions for bakery to find large, reasonably priced, layer cake

I have to feed about 50-60 ppl a small slice of cake to commemorate the first anniversary of our group. I'm on a limited budget, but I really would prefer not to go the Costco/grocery store route. Any suggestions for bakeries that offer a decent chocolate cake, about slab size, at a reasonable price?

So far, I have Danish Pastry Shop on Pape, $59 for 17x22 buttercream.

Reithers on Church wants $98 for a 14"x20" buttercream from Open Window.

Any suggestions greatly appreciated!

Jun 09, 2010
hadra in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Toronto’s Best Butter Tarts Aren’t in Toronto

As one of the many people who continue to hunt for the best butter tart, I've not found anything to rival Little Tub Bakery in Tobermory, until yesterday. Betty's Pies & Tarts, on Hwy 2 between Cobourg and Port Hope, is a serious contender. At $1.25 ea, they offer a delicious filling (just runny enough and very buttery) encased in pastry that is quite good. I'm not sure if I like them better than Little Tub's legendary tarts, but they're not a four-hour drive away!

http://maps.boomtrek.ca/port-hope/100...

May 18, 2010
hadra in Ontario (inc. Toronto)