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.


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.


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.


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.


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