There are few ills in this world that can’t be ameliorated with a crisp, chewy cookie and a cold glass of milk. The Beach’s newest bakery, Moo Milk Bar (no relation to Momofuku Milk Bar), is hoping to capitalize on the widespread love of the classic dessert combo. Helmed by New York native Danielle Oron, the milk and cookie joint opened its doors earlier this month, and has been enjoying an enviable amount of foot traffic ever since.
Before moving to Toronto, Oron attended the French Culinary Institute and began her career in the kitchens of Japonaise and Pure Wine and Food. With Moo Milk Bar, Oron wanted to keep things simple. “Everyone is trying to make things fancy,” she told us. “I wanted to bring it back to the basics and make it taste like it’s been made at home.” The shop’s interior echoes this homey appeal: the walls are dotted with vintage kitchen equipment and faded snapshots from the ’20s. Despite the bar’s obvious bovine association, the space is populated with pigs (Oron’s favourite animal) of the ceramic and metallic variety, grazing on green pastures of faux grass. Be advised, there is no seating here: this is strictly a drive-by snacking spot.
Oron has created a simple and sweet menu of gourmet cookies and naturally flavoured milks that she hopes will capture the taste buds of kids in the area. Her daily offerings include everything from the classic chocolate chip to a Cowgirl Cookie studded with micro chocolate chips, chocolate chunks, espresso powder, toffee bits and crushed pretzels (both $2, $5 when paired with a glass of milk, or $10 for half a dozen). Oron’s milks are made using two per cent milk from Hewitt’s Dairy in Hagersville, Ontario. Flavours include vanilla bean, strawberry, banana and (of course) chocolate. For vegans and those who can’t stomach the moo juice, there’s almond milk in the fridge as well. Mini pies ($6.50), bars ($3.50) and ice cream sandwiches ($3) are also available, with new varieties every week. For the party-bound, Oron also creates custom cakes, pies and goodie bags for all occasions.
Moo Milk Bar, 1918A Queen St. E., 647-343-4272, moomilkbar.ca, @MooMilkBar