Neighbourhood bakery with a good selection of baked products, friendly staff and excellent prices.
It's very near by where I work. Across from Grandview Park. I stop by once in a while for the vegetarian sandwiches which consists of lettuce, tomatoe and cheese on a olive or tomato focaccia bread. It's really good and basically the only thing I will eat.
The Food: The cookies are delightful and the bake goods are the best by far.
The Service: Since the new owners took over, they been quite friendly to me. No problems at all. My parent knew the previous owners and were friends with them. I didn't know them, but met them. They were quite nice.
The Ambiance: the store is small. Having only one or two tables for the odd customer who might sit and read their paper. Because is near Grandview Park, I don't see the point in having tables at all. Buy your lunch and enjoy a rest on the grass of Grandview Park under the sun.
It's a great place on Commercial Drive. One of the very few places that serve great food and friendly customer service.
Absolutely excellent little bakery.
Not fancy or pretentious, just good valued, fresh and very skilled baking.
Price is VERY reasonable and affordable. You can get entire loaves of bread for around $2-3 and also many other baked goods such as rolls, pasties and they also have a good selection of sandwiches.
I discovered this place 3 weeks ago and have revisited them for at least 4 times since i work near them.
they will be here for a long time, i know it.
The bakery's obvious Hungarian origins (goulash soup and some Hungarian baked goods are still made well) haven't been forgotten by the lovely Asian family now running it.
It is a true neighbourhood bakery - nothing too fancy, nothing expensive. A nice selection of breads (sourdoughs, ryes, multigrains, focaccias, buns) at very good prices. Small sourghdough ryes come in under $2, full-sized multigrains hover around $3.
Dessert-worthy baked products (cheesecake slices and cakes, eclairs, pastries) are all basic-but-delicious and have managed to retain the European taste and haven't slid over to the Asian style of 'lighter' baked fare. Prices range from $1.80 for cheesecake slices down to $0.65 for big cookies of all sorts. Gelato in the summer, too.
Fantastic bargains at $2.80 for loaves of mango, carrot cake, blueberry, banana bread, etc. I bring a couple of loaves in a week to work and a loaf will be gone by lunch on most days. Many compliments on all the types I bring in and I've even been commissioned to bring in loaves for people who live out of the area.
Great place for on-the-go eating, too. Big kaiser buns with cheese and ham fillings come in at about $2.50-ish and there's a variety of fillings to choose from. Goulash soup and a bun will set you cost you less than $3.50. Grab the stuff and sit in Grandview Park or toss it in your bag for lunch.
Hours are great. Presently open seven days a week (although there's usually a few winter months when they'll be closed on Sundays), weekdays from 7:30AM to 6PM or later. If there's a special event happening along the Drive, the place is likely to stay open for a couple of extra hours. If there's a big bake order they're still making it after regular hours, they usually just keep the front open, too, so you may luck out.
These people work *hard* and provide the 'hood with decent-priced and good quality baked goods that taste great. A small, discrete, essential gem in the area.
This little hole in the wall with almost no seating has great baked goods and excellent homemade sandwiches for extremely reasonable prices. We order the mini-cream puffs/profiteroles for parties because they contain real whipping cream, not too sweet, and are a great deal at 3 for a dollar. Just like a fine pastry shop without the hit or miss nature of Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts's student creations that are sometimes fancy looking but not great tasting - all the cornish pasties at Elizabeth bakery are great too - the stew isn't greasy and contains veggies, and the cornish pasty is incredibly filling! Veggies on the bunwiches are always fresh and crispy, and the buns are fresh too.
Apple slices, pecan pies and rumballs are great here too, but my favourites are the mini creampuffs and sandwiches - a great little lunch at the park or walking in the rain.