Bifana’s a beaut at Azores Cambridge

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After two decades writing about food and beverage in Waterloo Region, I have only just discovered the hot table at Azores Cambridge Bakery: more’s the pity because I’ve missed a lot of good Portuguese eating.

Having purchased their breads at grocery stores and scarfed sandwiches made with them at area restaurants, I visited the business on Elgin Street last week for the first time and grabbed a sandwich that is one of my all-time favourites: the bifana.

Originally on Warnock Street, the bakery has been around since the 1970s with a couple of different owners. During that time, and though he was working at BFGoodrich, on weekends Joe Couto, now 72, would deliver bread to Toronto for the bakery.

Wholesale and a hot table inside (Photo/andrewcoppolino.com).

“Back then, because my father spoke English and knew his way around Toronto, he negotiated the sale of a Harvest bread slicer the original bakery needed. He still has the slicer that he’s refurbished,” says his daughter, and Azores general manager, Jennifer Couto-Soares.

For more about Azores Cambridge Bakery, visit Waterloo Region Record.

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