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Gurts

Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on October 25, 2011

Gurts TorontoGurts is Roncesvalles' answer to self-serve frozen yogurt. But unlike most fro-yo shops, Gurts has an extra element to help it through the slow winter months. That is, freshly baked goods in the form of cookies, cupcakes, whoopie pies and more.

"Our friend is a fantastic baker," Stu, one half of the Gurts ownership team, tells me. He has a wicked Zach Galifianakis vibe and I secretly hope our interview can somehow take place between two ferns. He and childhood friend Matt decided to leave their IT jobs to open up a shop on Roncesvalles (where Stu grew up) and came across the space for lease a few months ago, formerly the home of Queen of Tarts. Matt and Stu overhauled the space adding drive-in-movie-esque caricatures to the front window and a fantastic wooden hawk art piece by Matt McNaught on the north wall.

Gurts Toronto"Lindsay, my roommate, is a pastry chef," Stu continues, "and we thought if we were going to do a frozen yogurt shop, we definitely need some of her baking too."

While the roster of baked goods is still in development, there is plenty on display when I stop by on Gurts' third day open. There are banana/cream cheese whoopie cookies ($3.85), mini ($2.50) and large ($3.85) cupcakes in flavours such as chocolate raspberry and pumpkin, and ginger chews and other little cookies ($1.50) that have, so far, been customer favourites.

Gurts TorontoWhile there's no denying the prices for the baked goods are a little steeper than you might find at other bakeries, the ginger and chocolate chip cookies I try are totally delicious and appropriately chewy. The indulgent fro-yo-enthusiast might opt for one or more to top their cup of frozen yogurt, which Stu tells me comes from a local Markham supplier.

Gurts Toronto"We did a lot of shopping around," he says as we pause by the self-serve machines. "We really didn't want the power kind--what we have is liquid based--and I think it tastes a whole lot better."

Gurts TorontoGurts is currently offering four flavours--original, chocolate, maple nut, and banana--but will be changing the offerings regularly, along with the items in the table of toppings (priced together at $0.55/oz). At present there are a lot of kid-favourites including chocolate chips, gummy worms, sprinkles, and M&M's, as well as peaches, blueberries, and more fresh fruit to come. Matt and Stu plan to offer a gluten-free flavour in the coming weeks, and are looking into dairy-free and other diet-conscious options.

Gurts TorontoI sample three of the four flavours, and while the maple nut is just the slightest bit icy, both the original and chocolate are smooth and creamy, and all of the above tastes clean, crisp, and natural. The original tart is my favourite, packing lots of yogurt taste and a consistent texture.

For now,Gurts is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and if all goes well, as throughout the winter as well.

Gurts TorontoPhotos by Jesse Milns

Discussion

13 Comments

David Pylyp / October 25, 2011 at 01:52 pm
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The photo's look fabulous!
Love the store front! Hope they do well in Roncies village,


David Pylyp
Living in Toronto is best!
Brooke / October 25, 2011 at 03:17 pm
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Best yogurt & fresh baked goods store in Toronto! Love it!
Jamie / October 25, 2011 at 04:03 pm
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Checked this place out on Saturday afternoon - what a delicious treat and wonderful addition to the neighborhood!!
Roger / October 25, 2011 at 04:35 pm
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Stop calling it fro-yo, yo!
JF / October 25, 2011 at 06:27 pm
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Have been 3 times already, such a great place. The cinnamon buns are the best I've ever had, and the rest is great too.
p-p-power / October 25, 2011 at 09:39 pm
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power kind or powder kind?
p-p-power / October 25, 2011 at 09:40 pm
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good call on the teddy grahams.
Colin / October 25, 2011 at 09:48 pm
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I need to go here! Geez, just up the street from me!
Sam / October 25, 2011 at 11:44 pm
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I love this place. Most definitely the best frozen yogurt in Toronto. Bar none.

The store ambiance and colors are so soothing.
Tiffany / October 25, 2011 at 11:52 pm
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It's great to see that they don't use Powder Mixes for their yogurt. I hate powder mixes for yogurt. A good yogurt should always be farm fresh liquid yogurt to contain the live cultures. Powder mixes don't have live cultures. Unfortunately, 90% of the frozen yogurt shops in Toronto (including major franchises) use powder mixes. I asked them why and their reply is "it's cheap". Yes cheap for the yogurt franchises but BAD for the customers. They don't get what they are bargaining for.

Love you Gurts for having the Guts (no pun intended) to bring the real farm fresh liquid yogurt. You got me and my friends as loyal customers.
David Vogt / October 26, 2011 at 12:09 am
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Watch out yogurty's and menchies of the world....You've got NOTHING on Gurts...this place has the best damn yogurt in the land. And unlike most powder shitty yogurt that is being served in Toronto (albeit in the name of freshness), this is the real deal.

Stu, Matt and Lindsay, I am hooked and already a Gurts Frozen Yogurt addict. You will be seeing a lot of me :-)
Neighbour / October 26, 2011 at 12:11 pm
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Great space...Love the vibe.
Real yogurt is a major plus.
Those ginger cookie things are like crack...be careful if you have one...you will definitely be going back for more.

A few young hungry entrepreneurs.
Good luck to you guys,
Neighbour
Stu and Matt / October 26, 2011 at 05:07 pm
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Thanks everyone for all of the great comments! We are so excited to be in the neighbourhood!

Please let us know what you want to see at the store by visiting our website - Gurts.ca.

Look forward to seeing you at Gurts!

Stu and Matt - owners of Gurts

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