I’m so super excited to finally do a blog post featuring Futures Bakery. It’s one of my favourite places to eat in the city and it’s situated within a very well-known and well-loved neighbourhood in Toronto, The Annex. Sandwiched between Spadina Ave. and Bathurst St. on Bloor St. West, it’s surrounded by sushi bars, coffee shops, pubs, Thai and Indian restaurants, bookstores, and independent retailers with quirky, offbeat fashions, candy, stationery, and other trinkets. In other words, it occupies a fabulous location with a heck of a lot of foot traffic during the day! There’s plenty to explore and I’ve walked up and down this neighbourhood so many times for the past 3 years I’ve lost count. I’ve been here for breakfast, for lunch, with friends for brainstorming sessions for school, with my boyfriend for a midday meal, and most recently, with my mum and my brother for breakfast, and each time has been fun and has provided me with such a sense of comfort.
Futures Bakery, to me, is a jack of all trades. The cake selection in the bakery would make anybody’s jaw hit the floor (and then, you know, drool out puddles) with their offerings of key lime cheesecake, Oreo cheesecake, tiramisu cake, black forest cheesecake, and carrot cake cheesecake just to name a bunch. And their all-day breakfast and lunch/dinner menu offers plenty of delicious eats! Their breakfast menu includes both sweet and savoury meals such as strawberry, blueberry, and maple crepes, French toast, omelettes, pancakes, eggs benedict, eggs florentine, grilled cheese, and others, served with sides such as toast, fruit salad, and potato wedge home fries.
Their lunch and dinner entrees are just amazing. Not only do they offer all-you-cat-eat pierogies night every Wednesday from 5-9pm (the pierogi lover in me squeals like teenybopper at this) but they also have a menu dedicated to ridiculously large sandwiches and comfort food such as cabbage rolls, lasagna, chicken and pork schnitzel, chili, and a selection of soup and salads. Entrees come with either a choice of 2 salads, or a choice of salad and mashed potatoes and mushroom gravy.
I’ve eaten here a handful of times, but I’m going to start by showcasing their breakfast for this blog post first. I brought my mum and brother to Futures Bakery for breakfast last week for the first time and they both LOVED it and that made me so happy. And not just because everything tasted delicious, but for other reasons which I’ll get to a bit later in the post. I adore breakfast food. I am totally amoured by my vision of the perfect meal: great food, great company, and beautiful sunshine and a light breeze streaming through the windows. Basically, a meal of relaxation, peacefulness, and absolute bliss. I ordered the spinach and feta cheese omelette and I was so happy with my food. A large omelette (I’m positive they must have used 3 eggs for this) chock full of fresh spinach leaves and savoury feta, served with a helping of potato wedge home fries and ketchup, and whole wheat toast with jam and butter.
I loved my omelette and home fries for so many reasons. My omelette let the feta do the talking. In other words, it wasn’t salty or oily or overcooked. The feta was allowed to shine with its creamy saltiness without being overwhelmed by the eggs or the spinach and I was able to appreciate all three without having the flavour muddied up together. And the awesome thing about the spinach was that there were fresh leaves of it in my omelette. It didn’t taste like it had been sitting in a packet in the freezer the whole time and really, you can tell. Frozen spinach does not come in leaves! The potato wedge home fries definitely deserve lots of “yays!” because they’re soft, not too starchy (I hate the potato wedges that come out so starchy they make your mouth feel parched and then make you want to gag), and I LOVE how they’re seasoned! They taste like all dressed Ruffles chips!
And here’s why I love Futures Bakery so much. Of course I love it here because I have enjoyed everything I’ve eaten, but it’s more than that. Their prices are SO freakin’ awesome (breakfast and entrees for under $10) and their portions of food say this: we want you to eat. That’s not to say they give you a buffet on a plate and want to give you a heart attack (read: super size syndrome), but you can tell from the food on your plate that they take the care, the time, and the love to give you good food. They give you bang for your buck and they want you to leave feeling full and satisfied.
People can say that their biggest turn-off with a place is the atmosphere, the service, the menu choices, etc. My biggest turn-off is when I can SEE, from my plate, that the establishment is nickeling and dime-ing me. There is no bigger turn-off. I can’t tell you how much it warms my heart whenever I get a plate of food from here because it embodies the comfort and love of food, and the people who work here have been so nice and welcoming each time. And it’s because of all these things that I will continue to come back, time and time again.
Futures Bakery and Cafe is located at 483 Bloor St. West, in between the main intersections and subway stations of Spadina Ave. and Bathurst St. It sits right at the corner of Bloor St. and Brunswick Ave. on the south side of Bloor. They are open from 7:30am to 2am 7 days a week.