In an era when impersonal, rushed or matter of fact service is often encountered at all levels of speciality food stores, supermarkets and restaurants, the folks at Harbord Bakery stand out in opposition to the times by being, I suspect, themselves.
Today must be the third or fourth time in the last few years when they counter staff have made me a gift of a bun, a danish, a loaf of bread...when I have brought my fairly modest order to the cash register in their delightfully unpretentious premises. They have a demanding clientele, witness some of the exacting exchanges - and their prices are not cheap - but they are warm and kind.
A big St Paddy's day hurrah for this fine TO institution!
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