My first foray into the world of Urban Foodie was spent in the Kensington Market blocks of downtown Toronto.
Tucked just behind the core of Chinatown, this little neighborhood offers a sweet escape to serenity. Away from the rushed service and corporate lunchers, Kensington is only steps away from Downtown's hustle and bustle but on a sunny Easter Monday afternoon, there was almost no place better to kick back and relax with friends.
Wanda's Pie in the Sky is just one of those places. Located in the heart of Kensington, I stopped by for a slice and a coffee after lunching on some fish and chips with the Urban Foodie. They do all kinds of pies here but are famous for the chocolate pecan and strawberry rhubarb. I'd had both on previous visits so I opted for a slice of fresh blueberry pie. As usual, the service was great and a friendly waitress brought me my dessert after it has been warmed to gooey perfection in the oven.
At about $8.00 and change for a slice of pie and a coffee, Wanda's isn't a donut and a double-double but it's by no means breaking the bank either. What it is, is a friendly place to sit back with some friends, enjoy the rich character of the store and neighborhood, gaze at some of the beautiful artwork they have up (and for sale) and scarf down a perfectly toasted, not too sweet, perfectly sized, freshly made slice of mama's own with one of the top 3 crusts I've ever had.
The only thing missing from my experience at Wanda's Pie in the Sky was the option to render my pie a la mode. It wasn't necessarily lacking from my snack but who can resist oven fresh pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream?! Anyways, I've left that as a suggestion and will get back to all of you with the response.
All in all a great afternoon. We even met Argus Filch (of Harry Potter fame) or more recently Walder Frey (of Game of Thrones fame)! David Bradley was also chilling at Wanda's with his family as he's in town filming a new TV series about vampires called The Strain (premiers July on FX). As if my eloquent praise of this establishment was not enough, actors hang out here!!!
TL;DR (too long; didn't read)
Had a slice of blueberry pie and a coffee.
Filling was fresh and delicious - a tad sour
Crust was perfect
Service was great
Atmosphere was excellent
Met Argus Filch