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.
“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.
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