Reggina Pastry rises up decadent edible art, baking each of its meticulous morsels from scratch. Smother appetites in delicate pastries such as the cannoli ($2.75) or an artistically arranged fruit tart ($3.50) to sate sweet teeth better than any ganache-flavoured fluoride treatment. Tiramisu rolls ($3.25), rum balls ($2.50), and éclairs ($2.75) encapsulate spherical deliciousness, and a slice of the bakery's specialty cakes ($3) and cheesecakes ($3.50) slake even the fussiest of forks. Under the cover of dough, chocolate chips, raisins, and peanut butter make their respective homes in scratch-made cookies before retiring to belly timeshares ($0.95 small, $1.75 large). Biscotti is available in bulk, bequeathing a festive crunch to any family celebration, from an uncle's pastry-school graduation to a mother's acceptance of meringue as its own essential food group ($22.95/kg).
For more than 80 years, Rideau Bakery's expert kneaders have drawn upon traditional Ukrainian recipes to craft kosher breads and pastries, such as cupcakes in a variety of flavours. Bakers whip batches of chocolate and vanilla cupcake batter and can swirl them together into a tantalizing marbled confection. Red velvet cupcakes don a towering crown of chocolate or vanilla frosting garnished with a flurry of festive sprinkles. Treats are ready for nibbling within 72 hours after phoning in orders or relaying them via Morse code smoke signals.
The light fare experts at Friend's Coffee serve up a cafe menu pairing free-trade, organic coffee with house-made sandwiches, salads, and breakfast offerings. For breakfast, fingers pull apart a fluffy muffin served with a small coffee ($2.99), and mouths wake up and shout lines from their favourite cartoons between bites of egg, cheese, and bacon, all sandwiched between an english muffin and washed down with caffeinated sips from a small coffee ($3.49). Teeth can also opt to break from breakfast and sink into a variety of Italian-style Paninis ($4.51) before foraging through over 55 kinds of salads ($4.42–$6.64) and soups ($2.50–$3.50) and Halal options that treat palates to an array of multicultural flavours. Customers drink, munch, and chat inside Friend's Coffee's casual dining area, where eclectic artwork peers down from the walls and diners lounge in cushioned chairs as they coax jolly lost Santas from a fireplace.
The aroma of baked bread greets visitors to Maison Baguettes, where chef Amos Mbenoun bakes his signature baguettes and serves sandwiches, soups, and baked goods in the bakery's café. Classic french, whole-wheat, and rye baguettes lounge in cloth-lined baskets; boules of sourdough sit on covered shelves, and a glass case houses an array of muffins, cakes, and other sweets. Diners chat over fair-trade coffee and blueberry-cream-cheese french toast in the cozy front café, which embraces its rustic yet polished feel with a decorative coal stove, exposed brick, and white grecian columns singing campfire songs. The bakery's rear dining area tempts patrons to linger with four cushy chairs arranged around a fireplace mantel next to tables where lunchers savour pulled-pork sandwiches, chili, and bread pudding.
Since 2004, the ovens at Three Bakers & A Bike have revealed freshly baked goods. Legions of cranberry scones, brownies, and apple crumbles tantalize the taste buds alongside chocolate cakes and lemon loaves. Meanwhile, breakfast and lunch options reveal eggs and bacon along with sandwiches piled onto housemade breads. Additionally, the bakery and café does catering and deliveries.
Every morning, Kettleman's traditionally trained bakers fire up a wood-burning oven to craft batches of Montreal-style bagels, which earned the eatery a Best Bagel accolade from Ottawa (X)press in 2006. The kitchen’s open design spotlights a marriage of Old and New World technology and allows the staff to hand-roll dough, boil it in honey water, and bake it over hardwood in front of a hungry audience. Kettleman's culinary crew works with fresh ingredients and the happiest of thought bubbles while creating each of its baked goods—whether intended for individual enjoyment or as the foundation for deli sandwiches.