With only an hour break for lunch I needed to go somewhere I knew would not be crazy busy, but would also be quick. I was really starving (530 am comes really early) and I needed something substantial to hold me over for the afternoon. Usually I’m all about going to Pete’s and getting a grilled veggie panini, but I just wasn’t feeling the crowds that day. Immediately it dawned on me that I really wanted to try the smoked meat sandwiches at Smith’s Bakery, and this would be a great opportunity, so I made my way over to the old bakery on Agricola Street.
When you open the door to Smith’s Bakery a waft of fresh bread knocks you off your feet, and you are immediately welcomed to the snack bar seating area. You make your way to the back where the menu is written deli style above your head on large chalkboards. Everything can be taken to go from breakfast sandwiches, Montreal smoked turkey on rye, pot pies, pizza and many other items to choose from.
The dessert showcase is house to everything from celebratory cakes, to mint chocolate squares to cookies galore. There are rows and rows of prepacked cookies located above the help-your-self coffee bar. If you are having people over for dinner, and you don’t feel like making dessert, Smith’s Bakery would be an excellent place to pick something up. The price is much more reasonable than their competitors, but nothing short of delicious.
The sandwich above is their toasted Smoked Turkey and Tomato, I subbed in cheese and lettuce in place of the bacon, and held the mayo. The sandwich is rather large and probably could be shared between two people. It is a hearty meal, potato chips come on the side, along with a little pickled olive.
This place is very unassuming, but the food is great, and a lot of their food in baked fresh in house. I love that they bake their own bread fresh daily which the option of white, whole wheat, and multi-grain. I might even make this my regular spot for picking up bread because it’s delicious.
As a kid I was used to eating fresh bread, my mother always purchased fresh bread from the local bakery, or my grandmother would make it herself. Much like how she purchased our fruits and vegetables from the local farms in the summer months. I didn’t realize until I moved to the city that this wasn’t how things were normally done, but supporting local is something I still believe in. I think it’s best to support local as much as we can, not to mention store bought bread is really high in sodium because it relies on the salt to keep the bread fresh on the shelves for who knows how long. At least when you purchase bread at Smith’s Bakery you can take comfort in knowing it was baked that day and they’ve been open since 1932, so I think they know a thing or two about good bread.
2525 Agricola Street
Mon-Fri 7.30-5.30Sat 10am-4pm
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