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“Heaven”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Jana's Bake Shop

Jana's Bake Shop
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Canadian
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Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Outdoor Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Specializing in handmade pies and cakes made to order. Visit our kitchen and taste our daily offerings. Jana's is a small batch bakery BIG on QUALITY!
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“Heaven”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2014 via mobile

The best bakery you will come across anywhere.

The quiche was divine and the pastry was so crumbly, it was perfection.

We went back later in the day, just in time, because the lemon shortbread I had decided on in the morning was all gone bar on piece. So delicious.

Really friendly to boot.

Visited August 2014
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1 Thank Lee O
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jmcr2015, Owner at Jana's Bake Shop, responded to this review, March 29, 2015
I appreciate your review and so glad you enjoyed your purchases. Our goal is to make you smile and that gives us a great feeling. Jana
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English first
Delta, Canada
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“Great crust! ”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2014 via mobile

We bought 2 pies, beef and veggie, both were amazing. This is the perfect place to stop and pick up a casual dinner for the family while travelling. 30 mins heat up in oven. 1 small pie feeds 2 for about $8.00. If it is market day, try to find Organic Gaia Foods apple chimichurri at the market to serve with Jana's Pies. Yum! Tip: try to pick up pies early and let them defrost before heating.

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2 Thank Jodie B
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jmcr2015, Owner at Jana's Bake Shop, responded to this review, March 29, 2015
Thank the feed back on our pies. It is one of our specialties. Customers will often ask 'what's your secret?' Quality and consistency is our goal. Jana
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London, United Kingdom
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“Not a restaurant, a great bake shop”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2014

Jana's Bake Shop is a bakeshop, specializing in pies, and is not a restaurant. However, Jana usually has meat potpies available and they do make a nice take out meal.

Persons not familiar with salt Spring Island may be unaware of the large number of excellent bakeshop's per capita. Embe's is a traditional bakeshop with all whole range of baked goods, including pies, many types of sandwich bread and great cookies. Where Embe's and the in-store bakeries at the two large markets are generalists, most of the other bake shops specialize. Barb's Bun's, which is also a very nice bakery specializing in breads, is primarily a restaurant and serves a great lunch. Then there is the Belgian patisserie in the tiny shop across from Moby's, that makes pretty much the best croissants, pastries and pain Au chocolat this side of Paris. Penny's is also good, and the very nice bakery next to Rock Salt in Fulford, that bakes in a wood oven.

It's very hard to get any baked item here on salt Spring that isn't better than what you would expect in most large cities. However, if it's pie you want, you're definitely well advised to seek out Jana in the shops behind the gas station known as Gasoline Alley. I am one of those people who think terms like "world class" and "best ever" and "awesome" are severely over used. But in Jana's case, they would be an understatement. How do I put it, then? Let's say that you and your crew were marooned in Antarctica waiting for rescue. The only person other than Ernest Shackleton that you would like to have turn up, would be Jana holding two armloads of pie.

These are uncomplicated, simple and wholesome pies, not what one would refer to as gourmet. The key is that Jana uses fresh ingredients, does everything by hand and bakes perfectly. The best thing is to order your pie and in advance – just call her up and work it out. Usually we get apple pies made from fresh local fruit, and we have our personal recipe "dialed in", namely her standard but with extra cinnamon and slightly less sugar. Berry pies in season are great, as are strawberry rhubarb, meat pies and cookies. These are wonderfully done in a straightforward style that's as American (uhhhh, oops, sorry.... as Canadian) as apple pie.

PS, I've ordered a lamb pie for next week, made with salt spring lamb.

  • Visited July 2014
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jmcr2015, Owner at Jana's Bake Shop, responded to this review, March 29, 2015
To, Apple pie with lots of cinnamon;
Thank you for the informative review. We will soon be a café, with seating and lunch, coffee and teas! See you soon. Jana
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Salt Spring Island, Canada
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“gluten free magic”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2014

Jana kindly made me the best gluten free rhubarb, blueberry, raspberry pie last Friday I have ever tasted. No more punishment, no more rubberized crusts, or pastry that falls apart - Jana's secret recipe and deftness has saved my life.

Thanks

TB

  • Visited June 2014
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jmcr2015, Owner at Jana's Bake Shop, responded to this review, March 29, 2015
Thank you for writing about our gluten free options at Jana's and letting other customers know, g/f done properly, is delicious! Jana
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Salt Spring Island
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Jana's Is Delicious”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2014

We have come to rely on Jana for our party food.....delightful cookie assortments for tea, evening events etc.....with non-gluten options. Savouries for cocktail parties.....the curry veggie patties with pumpkin chutney are divine. Jana is always so helpful in estimating the right numbers for your crowd and so accommodating!

  • Visited April 2014
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2 Thank jothvn
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jmcr2015, Owner at Jana's Bake Shop, responded to this review, March 29, 2015
Your review of Jana's is much appreciated. Like your mention of 'other' menu items we also do. Jana
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