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Greg's Ice Cream (Distillery)

Posted by Robyn Urback / Reviewed on May 10, 2012 / review policy

Gregs Ice Cream Distillery DistrictGreg's Ice Cream in the Distillery District has finally opened, and I think I just heard a collective exclamation of glee exude from the neighbouring community.

As we keep our fingers crossed for ice-cream weather at increased frequency, Greg's has been gearing up for the summer swarm. Production of the shop's famed Roasted Marshmallow, Grape Nut, and Stout ice creams have all moved to this location, though they will still be available at the original Annex shop at Bloor and Spadina, of course.

Greg's Ice Cream Distillery DistrictSpeaking of, Greg's as an institution has been around since the early '80s, first situated across from the ROM, and later in its now-familiar Annex digs. Greg Mahon is the master behind the more than 100 flavours, managing to capture the essence of beer or cinnamon and making it palatable to Toronto's discerning ice cream-eaters. Whether you're pro or con on some of Greg's most controversial flavours (apparently, there are some people who actually don't like Coffee Toffee, if you can believe it), most Torontonians rally around Greg as one of the top ice cream purveyors in the city. And now, he has two shops.

Greg's Ice Cream Distillery DistrictI took a bit of a saunter trying to find the new Distillery Greg's, finally spotting its sign on the west end of Gristmill Lane. The retail section has little room for seating (a couple a bistro tables, is all) but then again, the Distillery has more than a few benches and other areas on which to perch. Much of the new operation is hidden behind the ice cream counter, in a space formerly occupied by the Fresh & Wild kitchen.

Greg's Ice Cream Distillery District"We've actually been looking for many years," Greg's manager, Dan, tells me on opening day. He says that the business was quickly outgrowing its production space at Eglinton and Laird, but that it was having trouble finding a suitable new space. "Technically, we're a dairy plant," he says. "So there are all of these stipulations that we have to meet by the Ministry of Agriculture."

Greg's Ice Cream Distillery DistrictLuckily, Greg happened to call the Distillery at just the right time and the vacant space seemed to meet with all of their specifications. The shop's front has room for about 15 flavours (on constant rotation, of course), and offers scoops ($3.81), doubles ($5.00), milkshakes ($5.97), and anything else you'd want from a tub of Lemon Meringue. I leave with a cup of Roasted Marshmallow, which soon evokes mental images of campfires and s'mores, and elicits a disposition of general delight. Tastes just as good as in the Annex, and surely perfect for a summer night. Look out for new "dramatic" flavours, coming this summer.

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Photos by Morris Lum

Discussion

14 Comments

Important Question / May 10, 2012 at 09:42 am
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Do they take debit here?
Alex / May 10, 2012 at 09:47 am
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They were cash only when I dropped in for a visit last week. Also, delicious!
martin givens / May 10, 2012 at 11:17 am
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WOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! FINALY!!! MORE FOOD AT THE DISTILLERY. IT'S ABOUT TIME.
GET RID OF ALL THE OVER PRICED CLOTHING STORES AND OVER PRICED FURNITURE SHOPS AND ONLY PUT IN GOOD FOODIE PLACES, LIKE GREG'S AND OTHER RESTAURANT'S THEN THE DISTILLERY WOULD BE JAMED 24/7.
PS SORRY FOR YELLING I'M JUST SO EXCITED!
Jimmy / May 11, 2012 at 02:16 am
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Those prices are outrageous! I remember getting two scoops at Laura Secord for about 65 cents.
BillyO / May 11, 2012 at 03:02 am
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Between Greg's and gelato at Soma I'm going to be putting on 10 lbs this summer!
martin replying to a comment from Jimmy / May 11, 2012 at 02:29 pm
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are you 90 years old
Anita / May 12, 2012 at 10:02 am
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Bring back pear & ginger, Please!!
Michelle replying to a comment from Anita / May 31, 2012 at 09:47 am
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That sounds AWESOME!!!!
Chelseagirl / June 24, 2012 at 12:16 pm
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Maybe I"m blind or the crowds distracted me but I looked all over the Distillery yesterday and couldn't find the shop :(
WEB / July 1, 2012 at 12:21 pm
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Not sure what all the fuss is about. I went to Greg's yesterday and ordered a Roasted Marshmallow. I frequent Ed's in the Beaches and have had their Burnt Marshmallow many times. Greg's version is horrendous compared to Ed's. If you like Greg's, go to Ed's and be prepared to be blown away. Not only is the flavouring at Ed's far superior, the ice cream itself is much fresher tasting.
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Richard Lawrence Reinert, PhD. / August 22, 2012 at 07:00 pm
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Maureen,
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Michael Miller / May 12, 2013 at 07:36 pm
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I've tried to go to Greg's at the Distillery 3 times now. Every time it's been closed. A couple of weeks ago I tried after dinner (~9 pm). The last time was today, a Sunday, at 4:15 pm. No luck, though we did get a sullen look from someone inside cleaning up.

Odd way to run a business! Guess I'll have to look elsewhere for ice cream in my neighbourhood
Mila / June 29, 2014 at 01:14 am
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Half scoop? Nuooope!

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