Anytime someone mentions Bon Ton Bakery, I am instantly filled with delicious childhood memories of cookies, croissants and cakes laced with the aroma of fresh baked goods. And yes, I mean childhood memories, because Bon Ton has been around much longer than I have been alive. After over 60 years in the game, what does it take for a bakery to standout in a city full of Duchesses and other sweet savants? Well… lots of things. Here are the top three reasons why you need to visit Bon Ton Bakery:
- It is far away from the hustle and bustle of downtown. Located at 8720-147 Street, the west-end bakery prides itself on using natural processes, no preservatives or chemical enhancers and has some of the best Artisanal breads in the city. Long-time staples (including rye and multigrain bread) are complimented by even healthier bread options that use stone ground wheat and flax seed.
- The breadth of selections is overwhelming – overwhelming in a good way. Bon Ton has over 80 varieties of baked bread and goods. Go in with a game plan because once you get there and witness the vast array of desserts and treats, you won’t be able to think clearly once it’s your turn to order, and will likely be leaving with more than just a loaf of bread (which is not the worst thing that could happen).
- They make the best pie. In fact, years ago, it was their apple pie that turned this pie-hater into a pie-lover. And you better believe that it is not your typical, boring apple pie. Here, the pie marries apples with plums and an intricately woven crust. Other options include blueberry, pumpkin, Saskatoon berry and my latest obsession – Sour Cherry and Peach. Pies can be taken to-go and baked at home. The hardest part is waiting for what will feel like the longest 15 minutes of your life. But trust me – it’s worth it.