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Little Nicky's Coffee

Posted by Amanda DiPasquale / Posted on July 4, 2010

Little Nicky's TorontoLittle Nicky's Coffee has a retro feel with muted colours, soft lighting, checkered tiles and glass cookie jars. Owner Renee Bonise opened the Queen and Peter cafe only a few weeks ago, but I could smell the main attraction as soon an I walked in.

Little Nicky'sIt's almost impossible not to order the mini donuts. The sweet smell is intoxicating and while I'm trying to figure out what coffee I'd like my mouth shouts against its will, "I'll have some donuts please."

Little Nicky'sCory and I watch as they come fresh from the rolling conveyor belt as Bonise handles them by inserting a wooden stick into their holes to pick them up. We try regular and cinnamon flavoured. They're hot, doused in sugar and bite-sized. With a decent price point, it's difficult to not grab some for the road. Six donuts are ($2.75) and a dozen go for ($4.00). The best part is their size, so the sugar rush is quick and the guilt is kindly non-existent.

Little Nicky'sAs for coffee, their espresso is a personal house blend while the other coffee beans come from Concord. I had an espresso ($2.00) with raw sugar and Cory ordered an iced coffee ($2.50).

Little Nicky'sBefore Cory added ten tablespoons of sugar to his beverage (he likes it sickly sweet) I took a sip. The iced coffee was delicious as is, not too creamy and refreshing. My espresso was perfect to be paired with a homemade semi- sweet chocolate chip cookie ($2.00).

Little Nicky'sBonise bakes all the cookies herself which includes flavours like double chocolate cherry and banana toffee pecan oatmeal. The sandwiches like the grilled chicken club ($5.75) come from All the Best and the croissants are from Rahier Patisserie.

Little Nicky'sThe cafe's name stems from Bonise's pet Chihuahua Nikita, hence the little black pup that is stamped on every manila coloured paper take out bag. Bonise and her staff are super accommodating and friendly, and I will definitely go back for those bite-sized treats.

Little Nicky'sBonise comments, "I wanted something unique, Canadian and I always loved mini donuts as a kid." Don't we all.

Little Nicky'sLittle Nicky's is open Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., and starting this month they will also be open on Sundays.

Photos by Cory VanderPloeg

Discussion

40 Comments

JR / July 5, 2010 at 12:33 am
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I'm guessing Concord means Classic Gourmet....do they roast the espresso on-site, or is that just a code for it being a custom Classic blend, like the espresso at every cafe they supply?

Regardless, I hope it works out, that area is lacking in decent coffee options. The prices are definitely demonstrative of why there aren't many non-chains in the area though.
AV / July 5, 2010 at 09:28 am
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"Four donuts are ($2.75) and a dozen go for ($4.00)."


OUCH
Tyrone / July 5, 2010 at 10:02 am
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I love this place, I go everyday because the coffee and cookies are amazing, and it's wonderful to have a great place like this in the neighborhood... way, way better than Starbucks.
geg / July 5, 2010 at 11:04 am
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I work nearby and come here whenever I have a chance.. I love supporting a local business that does its job well.
Andrew / July 5, 2010 at 11:22 am
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Better than Tiny Tom Donuts?
jonni / July 5, 2010 at 12:18 pm
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Coffee is amazing!!! I had one of their iced coffees, so good:) Also Im pretty sure the donuts are 6 for 2.75 not 4.
Tina / July 5, 2010 at 12:20 pm
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Walked by there a few times... I might just have to go in and try those donuts!
Marc / July 5, 2010 at 12:40 pm
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Just as long as its not Starbucks.

About this place, it's so cute! And its local as well as Canadian. As long as they don't only serve coffee in paper cups and not having cups and saucers available.
Lexi / July 5, 2010 at 01:24 pm
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I loooove Little Nicky's! I live right around the corner and I'm so happy to finally have a cute coffee shop to meet friends at besides Second Cup or Starbucks. Try the Grilled chicken sandwich; it's unreal!!!
Michelle / July 5, 2010 at 01:29 pm
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This is a super cute coffee shop; I work in the area and I stop by every morning for an iced latte and a bagel. They're both realllly good and the prices are reasonable.
elizabeth / July 5, 2010 at 04:55 pm
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OMG - I'm totally going for the donuts!
Khristopher / July 6, 2010 at 12:03 am
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I gotta to try this place. I live right around it. I'd like to see the prices for the donuts come down though. That's expensive. I appreciate their freshness, but if they want me to be a regular, I'd have to see the prices lowered.
Terry / July 6, 2010 at 07:33 am
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I stopped in this past Saturday and totally loved the place. Great cup of coffee, watched some of the World Cup and as an out of town quest was even treated to a couple of free mini donuts to sample. Thanks!
Amanda DiPasquale replying to a comment from jonni / July 6, 2010 at 02:09 pm
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You're right. Half a dozen go for $2.75. It is now corrected.
CoffeeCoffeeBUZZBUZZBUZZ / July 8, 2010 at 11:58 am
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This place is fantastic!
Avery / July 8, 2010 at 12:36 pm
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Absolute best coffee in this nook of the city hands down. The friendly staff attribute to this great new t.o. spot.
ami_jp / July 10, 2010 at 10:10 pm
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This is a really nice, little hidden place to have a coffee break! Ice Latte is my favorite. The combination of doughnuts and espresso is also awesome.
The owner is friendly and I have always had good service!
Dani / July 11, 2010 at 10:49 am
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saw this place. stopped and almost went in. kept walking.
read this review. regret decision.
SmAsh / July 11, 2010 at 04:23 pm
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Found the service a bit standoffish for a little coffee shop
Alex / July 13, 2010 at 07:12 pm
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Went out of my way today to stop by this place, and it was better than visiting a Starbucks, so it's automatically fine to me.

The Iced Coffee was alright, nothing spectacular, just iced coffee. Their choice of radio station (an itunes 80's station) is awesome, walking in I heard New Order and leaving it was Human League, so who can complain?

What really stood out to me though, was the Raspberry Lemonade I got to go. A friendly women stirred it up for me after remarking the lemon settles to the bottom, and was very cordial. The guy who took my original order was a little standoffish, but totally fine if you're not comparing him to the cheerful and chatty barista at Starbucks you're used too.

Will def. go back if I'm in the neighborhood, great prices and I have yet to even try the donuts (first thing you smell when you go in). Seems like a good place to go with friends as well.
Stone / July 15, 2010 at 09:51 pm
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I really want to like this place..... I live and work nearby, so the location is perfect. I first tried to go on Sunday but they were closed, so I went yesterday on the way to work.
It's very cute inside, I loved the decor but the coffee I ordered wasn't fantastic. $3 for a double shot americano is a bit steep but what really disappointed me was that it was cold. The flavor was good though so I'm willing to give it another try.
Serge replying to a comment from Khristopher / September 23, 2010 at 12:26 am
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Youre joking right??? What do you want the price to come down to, from $2.75 to free???
Arby / September 28, 2010 at 01:00 pm
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Little Nicky's, which I worked across the street from temporarily, is wonderful, as are Rene and her staff. My espressos here have been consistently good. My macchiato was wonderful too. The one cappucino I had, made without input from me, was overly milky, but that just requires us to do less milk next time. North America oversizes just about everything and the indy coffee scene has not escaped the effect of that.

Rene uses Reunion Island Coffee for her Europeans I believe. It's fine. I actually brought home a bag of Nicargua La Union whole bean from Reunion's roastery, where I met the farmers who produce this luscious stuff, and it was awesome, even after I had to boil water in a pot and wing it with french press ground coffee and no french press! That's what comes with moving twice in 6 months. I don't know what I did with my French Press. Those suckers are expensive!
KMel / October 28, 2010 at 10:16 pm
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First visit -- everything was gravy and the donuts were delicious. Second visit -- an hour before closing, they were low on batter and wouldn't make more. Third visit -- 11am on a Sunday morning and they were not yet open. I think I'm done with these donuts. Good luck.
André / November 3, 2010 at 05:27 pm
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Love the place!
André / November 3, 2010 at 05:27 pm
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Love the place !
Karen / November 3, 2010 at 06:25 pm
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Was just there on Monday and the donuts were AWESOME!!! Obviously similar to Tiny Tom's but WAY better. They were crispy on the outside...hot and cakey on the inside. The best part was that they were not even a little bit greasy!!

I also got one of their chocolate chip cookies, and they were just like mom would have made them!

I would go back to this place again and again and again!!
lark + linen / January 5, 2011 at 11:02 am
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I just tried their donuts. Oh geez. It's dangerous for me to know that such things exist. Absolutely amazing!
Karen / January 21, 2011 at 12:58 pm
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I 2nd that Lark + Linen. These donuts r nothing short of addictive!!
jac / March 31, 2011 at 09:03 am
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The photos are outstanding, what a talented snapper!
Steve / August 29, 2011 at 10:01 am
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I had a latte here on Saturday, it was excellent. The flavor of the coffee is probably one of the best I've ever had.
Chris Spavins / September 10, 2011 at 04:05 pm
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Enjoyed the coffee and the donuts!!!!
Nikole / October 4, 2011 at 12:14 pm
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I love this place - it's so cute and much better than going to Starbucks or any other coffee shop around, I feel it's more personal and has that cool but friendly vibe to the place.

Last week I went there for coffee and tea for my coworker, we also tried their little cheesecakes (creme brulee flavor!!) which are so delicious and grabbed a few mini donuts for the office.

Definitely recommend this place, it's awesome!!!!
kho / October 23, 2011 at 11:03 am
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This area indeed needs a good independent coffee chop. I went there for a Sunday morning coffee, ordered a cappuccino and and americano. The Americano was wayyyy too watered down, and the cappuccino was terrible - mostly milk and tasted like they used brewed coffee instead of espresso.

Fail.
Shirley / March 1, 2012 at 01:23 pm
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I feel like a db giving an indie coffee shop a bad review, but:

good:
- great coffee
- oh, those donuts
- some of the staff are really sweet (like the guy with reddish hair)

meh:
- the owner invariably appears disinterested. she was nicer when they first opened.
- some of the staff definitely have attitude (and i look like the target market, so if they're rude to me, how do they treat other people?)

brutal:
- the guy who thought it was appropriate to publicly ream out the nice girl who was taking orders. i get that he was frustrated, but what he said to her was so incredibly rude that at first i thought it was a JOKE.
Janey / April 24, 2012 at 11:25 pm
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Delicious donuts, helpful (and jokey) staff, and great organic coffee! Plus Starbucks' got nothing on their blueberry scones!
Sherry Rampersaud / May 29, 2012 at 12:06 pm
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I've walked by it a million times! Today I've set a meeting up there to check it out! Can't wait to check them out! Thanks everyone for your comments!
Vanessa / July 15, 2012 at 12:01 pm
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I was just passing by today and.....what kind of coffee shop closes on Sunday?! Makes no sense to me!
Dumbledore / August 20, 2014 at 04:27 pm
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Love this place! Coffee is great and staff is friendly!
grace / September 11, 2014 at 10:49 am
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first time I went there today.
lil disappointed, I kind of like the place, however, the owner/ manager need to tell the cashier/ server, to use glove or wash hand before serving food
I order bagel, she just make it in front of me ( after she took the money from me) without washing hand or glove, I am the type or person not confront someone one, I just took it and end up I throw it out the food, they are not cheap, bagel and coffee $5.40

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