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The weather’s getting chillier which means heartier foods are needed to warm our bellies. For a delicious selection of meat pies, sumptuous baked goods, turkey chili and yes, pigs in a blanket, head to my favourite food destination in Toronto’s Distillery District, the Brick Street Bakery (55 Mill St., Bldg 45A).

This homey take-out food joint serves terrific food at casual prices. It’s located right near the main entrance of the Distillery District, a national historic site featuring the largest collection of Victorian Industrial Architecture in North America. It’s a pedestrian-only village that’s great to visit on a weekend and the Brick Street Bakery is a the stop to fuel up. You can enjoy their offerings on their front patio or the many nearby benches.

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When you first walk in, expect your olfactory senses to be overwhelmed by the many aromas — baked pies, pastries, breads, tarts and cookies. One item I highly recommend is the Sausage Roll ($3) which wraps a light, flaky pastry around a well-spiced pork sausage, much like a Croatian Burek. It’s a bit on the greasy side but it’s a perfect mid-afternoon snack if you’re strolling the area.

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If you’re looking for something more filling, their individual meat pies make for a delicious autumn meal. There’s Shepard’s Pie, Steak ‘n’ Stout Pie and Chicken Tarragon (each $6). I opted for the last one and it definitely tasted classier than the traditional Chicken Pot Pie (which I also love, especially from here). The tarragon gave it a very distinct taste and the high quality of ingredients was very evident. I did find it a tad dry and yearned for a saucier inside.

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If you’re off to explore the Distillery next, it’s important to do so with an accompanying snack. Pick up a dessert-to-go like a Twist or a Plain, Almond or Chocolate Croissant ($1.75 to $2). With the temperatures dropping quickly, this is one cozy restaurant you’ll want to consider when you’re trying to bundle up and keep warm.

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Brick Street Bakery / 55 Mill St., Bldg 45A
416 214 4949 / Mon-Sat 10-7, Sun 10-6

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