The Sweet Escape Patisserie ★★★

Price: $5-10+

This pastry shop is located inside a building at distillery district. Its very casual, sometimes they put out tables and chairs in front of their shop..in a hallway kind of. Its not really a sit down pastry shop, more grab and go. Good place to visit if you happen to be at distillery district for an event.

I usually order their macaroons, which cost $20 for a dozen I think. It’s soft and not too chewy. I love their flavours in chocolate, strawberry and cafe moca especially. Check them out, they added some new flavours and even offer monogramming services!

They sell sandwiches, cupcakes, cakes, cookies and other desserts with some vegan and gluten free options. They cater and do personal cakes. See website for more details on their services.

Website: http://thesweetescapedistillery.com/
Locations: 55 Mill St., Building 47, Suite 102, Toronto, ON, M5A 4L1
Telephone: (416) 214-2253
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday (11:00am – 7:30pm), Sunday & Monday (11:00am – 6:00pm)

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Pickle Barrel – Atrium ★★

Price: $15-20+

This is a popular place frequented by students, families and professionals looking to grab a bite and have drinks after work. The atrium downtown location near Eaton Centre is where I usually eat, so I will be basing my review on that. I recommend their seafood linguine, sweet potato fries, italian sausage penne, grilled chicken hummus wrap and cheesecake. I dont recommend their soups, esp. the chicken soup w/ matzo ball. It seemed like something from a cambells soup can with just two large meat balls. What also recently turned me off was when I ordered a mojito, I found a bug in it! If it occurs again, I’ll lower my rating.

Service here is sometimes spotty as well. For example, for my last visit the hostess was clearly not having a good day with all the glares, no smiles and greetings she was showing. But the waitress for our table was very nice, always checking up us. Their roles could easily be switched if I had gone on another day. So I don’t think they have consistent service.

Website: http://www.picklebarrel.ca/index.php
Menu: http://www.picklebarrel.ca/menu/pickle_barrel_menus/grand.pdf
Location: 312 Yonge Street, Toronto ON M5B 1R4
Telephone: (416) 977 – 6677
Hours: Sunday to Thursday: 8am to 11pm, Friday & Saturday: 8am to 12am.

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