About fifteen years ago and longer Harbord Street, which runs parallel between Bloor and College Streets just west of the University of Toronto, was a somewhat bland arterial road housing a mish mash of services, a few tried and true cafes (The Boulevard Cafe which serves Peruvian Food just celebrated their 30th year here), the Harbord Bakery and some retail which mostly served the local students. But that was then. Nowadays Harbord Street has become a strip of highly rated eateries that make it a go-to destination for foodies. It's gastronomy galore and a taste of heaven.
In the Autumn of 2010 the charming fromagerie Chabichou opened up on the corner of Harbord and Borden. This french cheese shop sells not only cheese but what I consider the best baguettes and croissants in the city...certainly on par with the noew defunct Patachou on Yonge Street in Summerhill, which has otherwise been my destination of choice for the past twenty-five years. They also offer an always changing lunch menu, which makes it the perfect pit stop for the peckish.
Chabichou is one of many rising stars on the 'street of food', and a delicious benefit to residents of the South Annex. In fact, it's one more reason that my new listing on Sussex, offered for $1,389,000, which comes to market today, is such a great opportunity. Can you imagine waking up on the weekend to read the paper while savouring authentic freshly baked croissants baked just steps away? O la la!
Chabichou, 196 Borden Street at Harbord.
~ Steven and the urbaneer team
*** I can't stop returning to Chabichou...every time I swing by for a snack I am blown away by the flavour and texture of the food and the superlative service. My most recent lunch - an amazing quiche lorraine, pumpkin squash soup and almond croissant for just over 11 dollars! ****
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