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Glory Hole Doughnuts

Posted by Liora Ipsum / Posted on August 27, 2012

Glory Hole DoughnutsGlory Hole Doughnuts has been so eagerly anticipated that on a Sunday morning at 10 a.m., there's already a rush at the counter. The two-day-old retail location in Parkdale, between Roncesvalles and Sorauren, is already drawing both praise from long-time fans, and rubbernecking from locals.

Glory Hole DoughnutsOwner and baker Ashley Jacot De Boinod (formerly of Buca) has garnered well-deserved credit for being one of the first to introduce Torontonians to inventive doughnut flavours. Her chicken-fried waffle and maple bacon doughnuts caused a fervent buzz earlier this year, but now that even Loblaws sells a maple bacon doughnut (don't bother, it's gross), Ashley is stepping up her game, and offering ever more imaginative combinations.

Glory Hole DoughnutsFor example, the Butter and Toast doughnut delivers exactly what its name promises via sweet buttery frosting and toasted bread crumbs. It's subtle but delicious, and showcases a touch of restraint and sensitivity towards those of us who like things a bit less sweet. With the option to add bacon to any doughnut for $1, I only later realize the missed opportunity.

Glory Hole DoughnutsThe Elvis with Marshmallow is iced with peanut butter frosting and topped with banana chips, nuts, bacon and toasted marshmallows--I don't think I need to tell you how phenomenal it tastes.

Glory Hole DoughnutsDrip coffee from Mountain View Coffee is available for just $1.50 a cup, while doughnut holes such as the Lemon Ricotta with an olive oil glaze ring in at $4 for 3, $7 for 6, or $10 for 9.

Glory Hole DoughnutsThe bright and airy space is sparsely decorated; a set-up which better accommodates the eager crowds and quick take-away service. A vibrant orange countertop and woodpile-styled bar houses a glass showcase displaying the unbearably seductive goodies.

Glory Hole DoughnutsA blackboard wall illustrates the rotating menu, including other notable flavours such as Chocolate Pistachio, Yogurt & Granola, Beer (featuring a Kensington Brew Co. flavoured frosting) and Black Forest Cake to name just a few. Each are between $3 and $4.50 depending on the flavour, or you can opt to get a half dozen for $21, or a dozen for $38.

There is much to like about this new addition to Parkdale, but don't fret if you're not a local; catering and delivery options are available with at least three days notice.

Glory Hole DoughnutsPhotos by Derek Flack

Discussion

32 Comments

Boyle / August 27, 2012 at 09:08 am
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Yay Ashley!
wolfwoflwoflw / August 27, 2012 at 09:24 am
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oh my god those look incredible
Rizie / August 27, 2012 at 09:36 am
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Just looking at these pictures makes me want leave work & get a dozen doughnuts! Can't wait to stop by the shop!
Mat / August 27, 2012 at 09:58 am
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the lemon one was great!
Hamish Grant / August 27, 2012 at 10:21 am
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Awesome location. Parkdale represent! Part of an awesome re-awakening of the area. So many yummy places to eat within two blocks of my house!

I had ordered from Ashley before she opened her store and absolutely loved the product. Now that they're right around the corner, look out!
Tim / August 27, 2012 at 10:44 am
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$3 for a local, hand made pastry that happens to be round with a hole in the middle is a bargain.

Next time you're lined up like cattle at your local corporate mega-coffee shop, have a look at the thawed out baked 1000 miles away 20 days ago 'pastries' they sell for $2-$3 a pop and then give your head a shake.

If you eat so many doughnuts that $3 is excessive to you, then you eat too many doughnuts and maybe it's time to get out of your SUV and take a walk.

People aghast at the $3 price are probably also wondering where the drive-through window is and can't stomach the notion of visiting Parkdale, which is one of the most vibrant communities in Toronto.
DNut / August 27, 2012 at 12:23 pm
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Got a dozen yesterday for everyone at work to try, and we were all underwhelmed. Pretty basic plain doughnut as the base, with just the toppings serving to distinguish between the different doughnuts. Very overpriced. I was quite excited to try them, and I love the concept, but I think the product needs some serious improvement. I think I'll stick with Sanremo's doughnuts and apple fritters - a far superior product at a fraction of the price.
Vanessa / August 27, 2012 at 12:26 pm
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Just so everyone is aware, doughnuts should be served at room temperature. She is not serving the fried chicken and waffle doughnut for that reason. Whipped cream is pipped on the spot for all doughnuts topped with whipped cream. She is also making everything by hand. no fancy machines pumping these out at all. Just a rolling pin and a fryer. Thanks Ashley for your delicious treats!
AMarais / August 27, 2012 at 12:43 pm
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These doughnuts are awesome. Plus the location is becoming quite the area. A perfect choice in the west end. I've tried a few of the doughnuts already and cannot wait to go to the new store and check out all the new flavours.
As for the price, they are totally worth it. Quality ingredients, lots of love and worth every penny.
Don't know how people can complain about the price, as many of you spend $2-$5 on bottled water when you can get it for free from the tap.
Take a moment and head to Glory Hole Doughnuts, you will be glad you went. See you soon Glory Hole!
L / August 27, 2012 at 01:30 pm
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I don't have an issue with the individual price, but why would anyone buy a dozen donuts for $38.00 when 12 x $3.00= $36.00? Mathematics.
Jennifer / August 27, 2012 at 01:31 pm
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I went here on the second day it was open, but had no idea it was brand new. The service was great and the donut I had (cookies and cream) was pretty incredible. Flavourful and so fresh and rich without falling into being too greasy or sugary, it was an unhealthy but totally delicious breakfast. The staff were really cute and nice, too. Highly recommended although I hope they introduce tea to their menu, rather than just pop and coffee.
jeff / August 27, 2012 at 01:33 pm
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I had one on the weekend, I much preferred it to the Paulette's version (yeast vs. cake). I hope she is able to attract the customers and keep running the business. I am guessing the rent isn't too high in her area so even if she just uses it as a base for her commercial kitchen she should be able to provide plenty of donuts to events/etc (she takes catering orders).

As for the name..... I find it kind of funny but yeah, a bit weird when telling friends about the place and they are like "wtf"?
GloryHole visitor / August 27, 2012 at 05:00 pm
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walked in just before closing. 2 choices left. I bought the banana cream pie doughnut. was a wee shocked to pay near $4.00, but the doughnut was superb. excellent, fresh, and yummy.
GloryHole visitor / August 27, 2012 at 05:06 pm
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one request to the owner. get a commercial espresso machine. offer more quality coffees ( capps, lattes, espresso. etc) and teas.
chi chi / August 28, 2012 at 08:48 am
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in my opinion this place seems best for occasional fancy treats. for the average person Timmies is convenient and cheap. I would come here with a date or if I wanna spoil myself. :)
PixieDust / August 28, 2012 at 01:08 pm
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These are amazing and everyone I know who has actually been was raving about them. Honestly, if you don’t want to shell out $3-$4.50 for artisanal baking go somewhere else and shut up about it already – for the love of god! Personally, I’m happy to enjoy a piece of heaven for a little pocket change.
brian / August 28, 2012 at 01:37 pm
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Open to the public, unless you have a job. Open 9-5 in a predominately residential neighborhood. The doughnuts look amazing but they are clearly servicing the well-to-do Parkdale hipster and weekend tourist.
Andrew / August 30, 2012 at 12:35 am
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I tried the Maple and Cinnammon sugar today. Really good, a little expensive but a good treat once in a while.
caro / August 30, 2012 at 02:00 am
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i had the pistachio chocolate donut. it was really good! i wasn't expecting much but it was very fresh, super soft, melty and flavourful.
Jmons / August 31, 2012 at 03:09 pm
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Stopped by for the first time today and bought a lemon meringue doughnut. It was a nice afternoon treat. The girl who served me, however, didn't even look me in the eyes. Very cold service.
jameson / August 31, 2012 at 03:20 pm
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I went in today too and checked it out, had the beer donut. it was okay i guess, service was so-so. kind of expensive for a single treat that isn't very easy to share.
JLankford / September 3, 2012 at 12:10 am
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Pretty underwhelming. We knew the price point heading in, so it wasn't sticker shock. Just not thrilled by any of the toppings, but the dough was really great. Maple was probably the best doughnut and the coffee was decent. With the so-so toppings and price, I doubt I'll be walking up from Roncesvalles to this place too often.
taylor / September 23, 2012 at 04:30 pm
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i went in today around 3pm to pick up some doughnuts for dessert for my mum's birthday tonight and they were completely sold out. such a bummer. i was told it'd be 45 minutes until more were ready, and everyone was nice enough, but not really apologetic either, considering it's a doughnut shop and they were sold out of their only product... i'm glad they're doing well enough to be sold out though i guess! go early or meet the same doughnutless fate as i.
HL / September 26, 2012 at 12:18 pm
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Bought 2: cinnamon sugar and chocolate with pistachios. Denser than other commercially made donuts (which I like) but the cinnamon sugar donut did not taste fresh and neither did the pistachios on the top of the other.

I understand quality ingredients cost more but the end result should be a better quality product. I'm guessing freshness will be less of an issue on the weekend but at $3.50 a pop, it shouldn't be an issue on any day of the week.

Given how recently the store opening, perhaps they're still juggling how best to meet customer demand.
Lisa / October 4, 2012 at 11:57 am
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I've been 3 times and each time they are either completely out of donuts, or have 2 different flavours to choose from. Here's an idea - if you're donuts are so damn popular - MAKE MORE! It seems like a really shitty way to operate a business. If I had a coffee shop, and every time customers came in to get coffee I was sold out or only had 1 cup left, I'm sure I would be out of business very soon.

Furthermore, I'm not too impressed with the staff at this place. They are not very friendly and can be downright snobs. God forbid you smile or something ridiculous. I hate to jump on the hipster-hating bandwagon, but its true. These people are just too cool for school.

That being said, I have tried 2 flavours and they are absolutely DELICIOUS. Probably the only reason I keep going back. And I live in the neighbourhood so its not a major inconvenience to walk by. But still. I know a lot of people that have come a long way to try them, only to be disappointed because they don't have any left.

Word of advice to the owners - make some more donuts and hire some genuinely friendly people. It wouldn't kill you to be nice to customers.
A. / January 4, 2013 at 11:56 am
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I LOVE the doughnuts at the place and in my opinion they are completely worth the 3 dollars. A lot of the places that sell doughnuts in Toronto do cake based, Glory Hole does the actual yeast-dough based doughnuts.

The problem with this place is that it's in a terrible area. A 10 minute walk east and there are nice stores, everyone's friendly and it's just generally awesome. Glory Hole is surrounded by really dirty looking places. I still made the trip multiple times despite how far it was, but it is true that they often don't have all of the doughnuts available. If it were in a nice are or closer then it wouldn't suck so bad, but going there and finding they only have one doughnut left and it has bacon on it (I'm a vegetarian) is pretty annoying.
tara / January 4, 2013 at 05:20 pm
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one big ol' MEH. every time, its been dry and tasteless and bland. i want to love it, i WANT to WANT to eat them all the time, but i feel the hype of the hip is what really puts this spot on the map. shame. now a desmond and beatrice cupcake? thats something to write home about.
Homer / January 5, 2013 at 05:00 pm
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I tried the lemon meringue doughnut a few mos. ago, and I'm not kidding or exaggerating when I say that the meringue tasted stale and had the aroma of dog's breath. The lemon filling was so heavy in the doughnut that it saturated the dough and the whole doughnut fell apart a quarter of the way through the experience. It became impossible to eat it so I had to throw it out.

Never again. I'll wait until Doughnut Plant comes to T.O. for my sweet fix.
HonestCritic / March 29, 2013 at 03:58 pm
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Glory Hole is a place that gets certain things SO INCREDIBLY RIGHT that's its unfortunate that they get just as many SO INCREDIBLY WRONG.

On the plus side, I challenge you to find a more tasty, flavourful, masterful donut anywhere on the planet. In my experience it doesn't exist.

The sad part is that after 7 months, Glory Hole still doesn't understand that to be a donut shop, you need to have donuts in your shop. 80% of the time they will either be out of stock, or only left with the bad flavours that nobody ever orders. Hmmm when you see that certain flavours are ALWAYS left and certain ones ALWAYS sell out...maybe make some cuts from your roster? Consistently people come in, get frustrated at the selection and walk out in a snit. Myself included.

Also their decision to make the donuts 2.5X bigger is to me an egregious error that will only lose them customers. They were the perfect size when they first opened in AUG '12.

If they were on the subway line (or anywhere remotely close to it)...it would be my choice and I'd put up with the oversights mentioned above. But since they're in parkdale, always low on stock, and they've ruined a good thing by making their donuts far too big, Krispy Kreme will become my new go-to.

Ashley, you're failing. And if you keep failing, you'll be out of business. Stop disappointing your customers. Learn how to run a DONUT SHOP (aka. more than one flavour available at a given time). I'm pissed.
Munenori / June 9, 2013 at 03:22 pm
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MEH. disappointing. will never go again. wasn't terrible but definitely wasn't good. don't buy into the hype.
localK / September 27, 2013 at 06:09 pm
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I stopped by today to see what all the fuss was about... nothing special about the doughnuts ... a few interesting toppings but I was expecting the dough to be spectacular and it wasn't... For a gal who very very rarely indulges in cakes & pastries, i was hoping for better (esp. for the price). I'll stick to my occasional treat from Dufflet's. Actually the homemade doughnuts at This End Up (restaurant on Dundas at Gladstone) are much better (in my opinion) and certainly more memorable.
billblack / May 16, 2014 at 11:50 am
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they gotta change the name.. glory hole? seriously?

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