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Just ordered a dozen glory hole doughnuts

Bobby Wham Feb 21, 2012 12:46 PM

gotta say, blew my mind, the chicken and waffles doughnut was insane, peanut butter and grape jelly, ridiculous. I recommend ordering up some if you want something unique and decadent.


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    jamesm RE: Bobby Wham Feb 21, 2012 12:56 PM

    Someone in my office had two dozen of them today and they looked ridiculous. I tried a small bit of the chicken and waffles and it was insanely good.

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      DeppityDawg RE: jamesm Feb 22, 2012 05:23 AM

      It doesn't really have fried chicken on it, does it? Or does it?!?!

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        jamesm RE: DeppityDawg Feb 22, 2012 06:23 AM

        It does and I was skeptical but it really just adds an interesting texture. I had a small piece but it was good.

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      gttahaveit RE: Bobby Wham Feb 21, 2012 04:48 PM

      I love their website - the photos look good enough to eat! What's the price per dozen?

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        Tatai RE: Bobby Wham Feb 21, 2012 06:33 PM

        Where are they opening their retail operation? And when?

        1. TorontoJo RE: Bobby Wham Feb 22, 2012 05:03 AM

          I tried 4 different flavours this past weekend, and while I think she uses amazing ingredients and great flavour combinations, the doughnut itself was only "ok" for me. It's a bit dense and dry. I couldn't imagine eating a plain glazed doughnut.

          I do appreciate that the doughnuts aren't sickly sweet, though. The lemon meringue doughnut was really nice.

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            justsayn RE: TorontoJo Feb 22, 2012 06:43 AM

            Have to agree TJ. Once the novelty wears off there is little to be excited about with Ghole donuts.

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              Eating Dude RE: justsayn Apr 24, 2013 11:28 AM

              same here, the whole "Fancy quirky doughnut" thing is lost on me.

              Also the calorie counts on some of these things are dangerously high

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                kwass RE: Eating Dude Apr 24, 2013 01:03 PM

                I don't think calories should be top of mind when you're splurging on a doughnut. That being said, I agree with justsayn.

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            Yongeman RE: Bobby Wham Feb 22, 2012 06:35 AM

            And from today's Toronto Star: http://www.thestar.com/living/food/ar...

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              petek RE: Yongeman Feb 22, 2012 06:47 AM

              She better hurry up and find a retail/production facility before the competition(Donut Plant) comes to town...

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                Yongeman RE: petek Feb 22, 2012 07:39 AM

                Right petek. It's still fairly early in the 'gourmet doughnuts' game, so now is the time to stake out their territory.
                Look what happens eventually to food fads--scores of cupcake-only places, up to our ears in burger joints. Gelato and now, frozen yogurt is well on the way to oversaturation. They'll need to be exceptional and be able to maintain their high quality in order to have long-term success.

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                  justsayn RE: petek Feb 22, 2012 09:14 AM

                  She needs to hurry up and improve her donut while she is at it!

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                    petek RE: justsayn Feb 22, 2012 09:46 AM

                    "She needs to hurry up and improve her donut while she is at it!"

                    Haven't tried one yet so I can't comment(too difficult for me to make it to Thor before they sell out).

                    She's got a good buzz going so now's the time to strike while the iron is hot.Easy for me to say though,I'm not the one who has to put up the money/find a good location..

                    I wouldn't call donuts or burgers a fad.They've been around since time began... :-D

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                buttertartz RE: Bobby Wham Feb 22, 2012 08:08 AM

                What is the pricing? I couldn't find anything on their website. Thanks!

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                  air621 RE: Bobby Wham Feb 22, 2012 01:59 PM

                  I was emailing with Ashley, but decided that $51 was just too much for a dozen donuts. I will hopefully be able to walk over to Thor tomorrow to try one out

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                    petek RE: air621 Feb 22, 2012 02:46 PM

                    $51.00 for a dozen donuts??? Wow.Is it because she has to tack on a delivery fee??

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                      air621 RE: petek Feb 23, 2012 04:59 PM

                      $51 delivered to the east end. $46 if I picked them up

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                      foodyDudey RE: air621 Feb 22, 2012 02:56 PM

                      $51 for a dozen? I'd have to be nuts to spend that much dough! Maybe that's why there are no prices on the site.

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                        magic RE: air621 Feb 23, 2012 07:29 AM

                        Did you mean $15??

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                          jlunar RE: magic Feb 23, 2012 08:27 AM

                          Nooo.... they're about $3-4 per donut at Thor, so $51 doesn't seem incorrect.

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                          kwass RE: air621 Feb 23, 2012 11:31 AM

                          I was going to order a dozen as well, but @ those prices I'm going to follow your lead and run over to Thor. I just wish she delivered to a cafe that was a little more central.

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                          barneyvernon RE: Bobby Wham Feb 23, 2012 04:23 PM

                          $51 dozen, no storefront, only available at two locations, how is this young woman making any money? All the best to her, but just wondering.....

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                            Marumari RE: barneyvernon Feb 23, 2012 07:16 PM

                            WOW 50 bones for a dozen. Think I'll stick with simple and plain Little Nicky's

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                              TorontoJo RE: Marumari Feb 24, 2012 06:01 AM

                              To be fair, these doughnuts are *enormous* and heavy. One could easily be split between 2 or 3 people and you'd still feel like you had a good treat. Add in the fact that she clearly uses quality ingredients (handmade lemon curd, chocolate pudding, meringue, coconut cream, etc.), and the price isn't that outrageous. 6 of us had a box of a dozen in front of us at the end of a big meal, and we were only able to put away 4 of them between all of us.

                              I really just hope she works on her yeast dough to make it less dry and dense, because her fillings and toppings are excellent.

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                                jamesm RE: TorontoJo Feb 24, 2012 06:25 AM

                                These are huge donuts. I wouldn't recommend one person tackling a single donut by themself. given the size and ingredients the prices aren't steep.

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                                  justsayn RE: jamesm Feb 24, 2012 07:38 AM

                                  The maple bacon and smores are not really huge donuts. The apple is quite hearty for sure. The pudding and the meringue are huge and they feel like you are eating a bowl of pudding along with a whole donut. I wish someone would open a donut shop and just sell some awesome donuts that rely on great ingredients, freshness and execution. I would rather eat 2 or 3 donuts in one sitting if I want to carb out for the entire day, than have one huge one that requires a knife and fork!

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                                foodyDudey RE: Marumari Feb 24, 2012 06:28 AM

                                Or pick up a dozen apple fritters from San Remo Bakery for under $7

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                                  justsayn RE: foodyDudey Feb 24, 2012 07:33 AM

                                  There ya go! Apple frits from SR - far superior for far less! If you want lemon meringue or chicken and waffle, I recommend you get those in their normal form because the g-hole donut-form brings nothing more to the table than novelty at a high price IMO. In our office, people did eat a whole g-hole donut. But nobody wants them again.

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                                    Yongeman RE: foodyDudey Feb 24, 2012 03:08 PM

                                    FoodyDudey, you read my mind. There's a deal that's hard to beat. San Remo apple fritters are awesome. Their other doughnuts are not even in the same league, imo.

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                                      smartygirl RE: Yongeman Feb 27, 2012 08:42 AM

                                      i was thinking the exact same, came here to post "how do they compare to san remo"

                                      i can live without novelty for novelty's sake quite happily, just give me something tasty!

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                                      pakmode RE: foodyDudey Feb 29, 2012 09:36 AM

                                      Spot on Dude. San Remo has the best apple fritters I've ever had in Ontario. Period.

                                      I haven't tried GH yet, since they were sold out when I went to Thor a couple weeks back.

                                      Doughnuts are a Canadian comfort food. They are not supposed to cost $51 dozen. If she finds a customer base, and niche, all the power to her. But as someone who has travelled far and wide for that elusive doughnut - I will never spend $51 on a dozen of them.

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                                    Cat123 RE: barneyvernon Feb 24, 2012 05:56 AM

                                    In NYC last weekend I paid $4 for a peanut butter and jelly donought from Donut Plant. Agree $51 per dozen is cheap but not that far off the benchmark. The Donut Plant version was huge and although I was a bit surprised at the price, it was very much enjoyed by my companion and I.

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                                      petek RE: Cat123 Feb 24, 2012 08:14 AM

                                      The fritters from SR are the best I've had,their other donuts aren't too shabby either...

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                                    air621 RE: Bobby Wham Feb 25, 2012 03:43 PM

                                    So my coworker popped into Thor and brought me a couple different kinds of GHDs. She got the PB&J and the apple pie, then another coworker brought in 3 more of them including maple bacon, chicken and waffles and another PBJ. Overall, solid dough, but not mindblowing. Yes, they're large and I almost guarantee you'll get a stomach ache if you eat too much. My impressions were:
                                    PBJ, unlike the one I loved at the Doughnut Plant, this one is a traditional filled donut. The problem with that is that it was STUFFED with grape jelly, terribly sweet jelly. It was too much, but the dough was nice
                                    Apple pie, the best out of the ones I tried. Not too sweet and super tasty.
                                    C&W, the waffle part was okay but I didn't like the chicken. As just a glazed donut, it was pretty good
                                    Maple bacon, again a tasty glazed donut but I could barely taste any maple or bacon.

                                    I'm eager to try the others that looked good like the puddin' and the lemon meringue.

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                                      estufarian RE: air621 Feb 26, 2012 12:21 PM

                                      Strangely, my reaction is almost opposite to yours.
                                      I was impressed with the chicken - GENUINE chicken (to my palate) not some processed slurry. But the waffle lacked flavour - just seemed like a stale wafer.
                                      And the maple bacon was so domnated by maple that it was hours before the taste of maple dissipated (lasted all the way through the C&W which I tried later). Agree the bacon lacked flavour - but the texture was pretty good - at the prices charged, the Maple Bacon needs a double-smoked premium (Rowe Farm?) bacon to set it off - not the generic tasting version currently used.
                                      Those were the only two I tried (half each) and it substituted for a breakfast. I was full.

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                                        prima RE: estufarian Feb 26, 2012 06:26 PM

                                        Interesting. When I initially bit into the Maple Bacon donut, it tasted like a honey dip with a very slight hint of maple, but I noticed a stronger maple aftertaste develop a few moments later. I didn't have any lingering effects. Maybe the trick is have a bite of the Lemon Meringue donut after the Maple Bacon, to cleanse the palate and avoid Maple Mouth? ;-)

                                        Maybe the intensity of the maple varies from batch to batch?

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                                          estufarian RE: prima Feb 27, 2012 07:58 AM

                                          After I posted, I recalled a Spanish restaurant that had a shot of maple syrup as the palate 'cleanser'. That taste stayed with me throughout the meal - a disaster (for me).
                                          Many people on Chowhound rate that same restaurant as one of the best in Barcelona and praise the 'maple shot'.
                                          So maybe I'm acutely sensitive to maple. Or perhaps to sub-standard maple as my father-in-law made maple syrup for over 70 years and that's the standard I'm used to (for clarification it's only the last few years I got to taste!).

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                                            pakmode RE: estufarian Feb 29, 2012 08:53 AM

                                            Estufarian - so true. Once you've had the best, everything else is inferior. Off topic, any places you would recommend visiting when maple syrup season is upon us?

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                                              estufarian RE: pakmode Feb 29, 2012 08:56 AM

                                              Since my Father in law retired and closed his operation, I'm still living off the proceeds!

                                    2. kwass RE: Bobby Wham Feb 27, 2012 09:50 AM

                                      Well, I just had my first glory hole donut today...apple pie...and I must say that it lived up to the hype!! Yum-my!!

                                      1. GoodGravy RE: Bobby Wham Feb 29, 2012 08:42 AM

                                        So I finally managed to snag some Glory Hole donuts. I picked up the chicken n waffles, puddin' and coconut cream. I found the donuts to be greasier than normal. Even Tiny Tom's donuts which you can see are fried in front of you, aren't as greasy. I split a coconut cream and puddin' w/ my wife. The coconut cream was tasty, but not as good as the Doughnut Plant's coconut cream which is a donut I would eat everyday if I could. The pudding in the puddin' donut wasn't as creamy as it should be and tasted just ok. I wouldn't want to eat the pudding on its own because the taste and texture were both odd. After eating a half of each, both are just weighing my stomach down like greasy lead. My wife's opinion was, "They're ok." As for the chicken n waffles, I'll update this thread later after I go to the gym and work off the first 2 donuts.

                                        Update: The chicken n waffles donut is novel, but also just a one time experience for me. My curiosity about Glory Hole donuts is satisfied. I wouldn't go out of my way to get any and I'll be avoiding Thor Espresso Bar in the future since the first time I went, I got a mouthful of grounds and the second time, I got a tummy ache.

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                                          ylsf RE: Bobby Wham Mar 3, 2012 05:01 PM

                                          I was in the area of Thor today so decided to finally try one. I opted for the Lemon Meringue. As someone mention in this thread or another, it was a pretty messy eat. Served on a tiny napkin that barely covered the size of the donut on a tray. After about two bites the meringue start slipping off and the filling oozing out. Would have definitely been better to have an actual plate. No extra napkin given although the staff was friendly when I asked for more napkins (although, she only gave me one!). I asked again later for another napkin and again she gave me one and she said there were more by the "self serve" area but indeed there was only one napkin left in that area. Not sure if they are trying to cut down on costs or what. I am sure some people waste napkins but it would be nice to have better napkins and plates.

                                          Anyway, about the donut, it worked out to like $4.60 or $4.80 with tax. Definitely a one time thing for me. It was interesting to try but it was REALLY messy trying to eat with your hands (can only imagine someone trying to eat this in a car :) ). I will likely try another one of the donuts another time. As for the taste, I enjoyed it, but I have had better desserts and donuts for the price/calorie ratio :)

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                                            barneyvernon RE: Bobby Wham Apr 18, 2012 06:41 PM

                                            The Glory HOle website states that their retail shop will soon be open.

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                                              kwass RE: barneyvernon Apr 18, 2012 06:47 PM

                                              I know! I'm sooo excited!! But she hasn't given any indication just where it's going to be.

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                                                Luvtooeat RE: kwass Apr 20, 2012 09:50 AM

                                                One of the stores that sold retail for her thinks it will be at least 1 or 2 months
                                                We hope it's sooner.

                                                : - )


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                                                  kwass RE: Luvtooeat Apr 20, 2012 09:58 AM

                                                  I actually just went on her site to see if she mentioned anything about when she'll be opening, but she hasn't :(
                                                  Does anyone know if she's still delivering to Lit on College?

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                                              ylsf RE: Bobby Wham May 11, 2012 07:46 AM

                                              BLOGTO mentioned this today: "Parkdale just got even sweeter with the announcement that Glory Hole Doughnuts is set to open their first retail location this summer at 1596 Queen Street West."


                                              Her website says her production is down until the new store opens as she has to move her kitchen over and her old lease expired.

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                                                ylsf RE: Bobby Wham Jun 26, 2012 07:46 AM

                                                She is doing a "indiegogo" crowd sourced funding to get the rest of the investment she needs. $15,000 is her goal and she is at less than $6000. I don't know why she didn't make the offers more attractive, at this point it seems more like a "donation" then anything. $25 for one donut??
                                                http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/102... (today, June 26th is the last day


                                                I am sure she will do well when she opens but based on the buzz around Paulette's she might be missing out on the first mover advantage (without the retail space up and running) especially since her "on order" production is shut down now too.

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                                                  jlunar RE: ylsf Jun 26, 2012 08:03 AM

                                                  Ouch. Yeah, she definitely has to move if she wants to take advantage of things - but with Paulette's in the East end and Rachelle selling out of Beast on Thursdays (for now) in the West, I don't know if that ship has sailed...

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                                                    justsayn RE: ylsf Jun 26, 2012 01:23 PM

                                                    Terrible group of offers indeed. From the chosen name to the crowd source listing, I think she seriously needs a professional manager. (PS: not Adjey)

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                                                      Flexitarian RE: ylsf Jun 26, 2012 07:07 PM

                                                      I thought the same thing. She's basically begging given what you get in return for your money. When Monteforte Dairy needed money they got investors by preselling cheese to them rather than begging. A much better approach I think.

                                                      In any event, I still haven't been able to taste one of their donuts because the places I went to that had them were always out when I showed up.

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                                                      Michael N RE: Bobby Wham Aug 25, 2012 07:50 AM

                                                      According to their Twitter, the stand-alone Glory Hole shop is now open. Hoping to check it out today or tomorrow.

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                                                        Michael N RE: Michael N Aug 25, 2012 05:23 PM

                                                        Well, I showed up at around 2:00 or so and they were completely cleared out of doughnuts. Not a single one to be had. Did anyone manage to grab a doughnut before they sold out?

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                                                          ingloriouseater RE: Michael N Aug 28, 2012 10:05 AM

                                                          they continued to make throughout the day. grabbed some saturday and some sunday...good thing they are closed on monday. delish, warm, moist, not bad oil residue as some have posted. cream filled were delish, beer were delish, chocolate pretzel were delish....

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                                                            kwass RE: ingloriouseater Aug 28, 2012 10:20 AM

                                                            What are the beer ones? Can you describe them?

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                                                              dannyboy RE: kwass Aug 28, 2012 01:38 PM


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                                                                kwass RE: dannyboy Aug 28, 2012 02:00 PM

                                                                Sorry, but I still don't understand what that means.

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                                                          Michael N RE: Michael N Aug 26, 2012 11:02 AM

                                                          Okay, I finally managed to pick up a few doughnuts -- I got lemon mirangue, cinnamon sugar, black forest cake, pretzel, and chocolate pistachio. Of those, lemon mirangue was the clear highlight; it was filled with a generous amount of tart, tasty lemon curd, which obviously worked quite well with the fluffy mirangue on top. The pretzel was also pretty good, with a nice salty kick to balance out the sweetness of the chocolate and the glaze.

                                                          The doughnuts are all of the yeasty variety, and were fine, if nothing particularly special. They did, however, all have an oily, vaguely unpleasant aftertaste that I didn't really care for.

                                                          The big sticking point for me is the price; the six doughnuts I got came up to $21 bucks, which is comically overpriced for what they're serving. I have no problem paying more for a quality product, but these were barely better than your standard chain fare. I might go back at some point to try the Elvis doughnut, which was sold out when I went today and which looks quite interesting, but other than that I don't think I'll be going back anytime soon. Even if these doughnuts were more reasonably priced, they're really not worth going out of your way for.

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                                                            kwass RE: Michael N Aug 26, 2012 11:15 AM

                                                            Can you tell us a little about the chocolate pistachio? Was it similar to the pretzel? Also, what is the Elvis doughnut? Does she still have the apple pie doughnut on the menu?

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                                                              Michael N RE: kwass Aug 26, 2012 11:30 AM

                                                              Yeah, the chocolate pistachio was very similar to the pretzel. It's a basic doughnut with a chocolate glaze and crushed pistachios on top. Very ho-hum. It's not sickly sweet, but other than that you could have told me that it was a doughnut from Tim Horton's and I probably would have believed you.

                                                              The Elvis dougnut has bacon, marshmallow and (if my memory serves from what the woman at the shop told me) a peanut butter cream cheese filling. I didn't see an apple pie doughnut when I went today.

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                                                                kwass RE: Michael N Aug 26, 2012 11:43 AM

                                                                The Elvis doughnut sounds delicious! I'm surprised to hear how ordinary the doughnuts were though. I had one of her apple pie doughnuts when she was selling them @ Thor, and it was really different, and really delicious!!

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                                                              justsayn RE: Michael N Aug 26, 2012 02:49 PM

                                                              I never understood the attraction to these donuts. The dough is boring and on the greasy side.

                                                              Rachelle's are much, much better because they are not as big as your head and the ratio of toppings to donut is so much more balanced.

                                                              That being said, you are paying for better quality donuts at $3 a piece! So worth it in my view. If you want to sit down to 6 donuts, get a box of timbits. : )

                                                              The cheapest and best donut in Toronto is the apple fritter at San Remo, but I found their chocolate yeast raised to be average. Better chocolate raised is the italian bakery on Ossington.

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                                                                kwass RE: justsayn Aug 26, 2012 03:42 PM

                                                                I agree with you that San Remo's apple fritters are the best donuts in the city. That being said, I can't agree with you about Rachelle's. I'd been wanting to try them for so long, and I finally did last week. And, I must say, that I was really disappointed. Definitely didn't live up to the hype!

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                                                                  justsayn RE: kwass Aug 26, 2012 04:06 PM

                                                                  Which flavour(s) did you try? Not all are amazing.

                                                                  Amazing to me are her fritters, sticky toffee, raspberry filled, and margarita.

                                                                  Chocolate peanut butter was ok but still better than the pbj from ghole IMO

                                                                  Never a huge fan of her maple bacon but folks in my office love them.

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                                                                    kwass RE: justsayn Aug 26, 2012 05:23 PM

                                                                    I went on a Sunday, so there were only 2 choices: the maple bacon and the apricot fritter. The fritter was pretty damn good, but the maple bacon was really disappointing!

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                                                                      justsayn RE: kwass Aug 26, 2012 06:15 PM

                                                                      Sounds like we re right on page...

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                                                                      kwass RE: justsayn Aug 26, 2012 05:28 PM

                                                                      That being said, the fritters didn't come close to those from San Remo's

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                                                                    kwass RE: justsayn Aug 26, 2012 03:43 PM

                                                                    Are you talking about the chocolate yeast raised donuts from Venezia's on Ossington? Because if you are, I agree...they are awesome!!

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                                                                      justsayn RE: kwass Aug 26, 2012 04:00 PM

                                                                      Yes, Venezia...forgot the name. Have you ever tried their french toast? - always wondered but never tried.

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                                                                        kwass RE: justsayn Aug 26, 2012 04:03 PM

                                                                        Yes. My boyfriend and I dream about their french toast. It's really greasy, but it is out of this world!!

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                                                                          justsayn RE: kwass Aug 26, 2012 06:15 PM

                                                                          Yes its that really greasy look that "scares" me away! Time to put my health at risk!!! ; )

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                                                                            kwass RE: justsayn Aug 26, 2012 06:19 PM

                                                                            Do it! You'll be glad you did!!

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                                                                              justsayn RE: kwass Aug 26, 2012 06:28 PM

                                                                              So glad this came up. They do look awesome!

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                                                                                justsayn RE: kwass Jan 16, 2013 03:48 PM

                                                                                I finally did it! Went for buns and couldn't say no to the toast this time. It was eggy, crispy, sugary. WAY better than I imagined it would be. Thank you and I hate you all in one breath! ; )

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                                                                                  kwass RE: justsayn Jan 16, 2013 04:34 PM

                                                                                  You're welcome!! I'm so glad you tried it finally...even though you hate me for it :)

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                                                                                    justsayn RE: kwass Jan 16, 2013 08:27 PM

                                                                                    : )

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                                                                                      Strongbad789 RE: justsayn May 19, 2013 11:58 AM

                                                                                      That French toast from Venezia sounds great...is Venezia a sit-down brunch place (as well as being a bakery)? Also, I notice that there's two Venezia's on Ossington...is this the one at 114 Ossington or 951 Ossington?

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                                                                                        kwass RE: Strongbad789 May 19, 2013 12:04 PM

                                                                                        The french toast is FANTASTIC! It's not your typical french toast, but like I said, REALLY delicious!!

                                                                                        There are 2 locations, one between Dundas and Queen (114 Ossington), and the other just North of Dupont (951 Ossington). I personally prefer the one between Dundas and Queen. It's bigger, and they have more selection. There are tables, but it's not a brunch place. It's the type of place where you choose some things @ the counter, and then sit down @ one of the tables if you like, or take it to go. Essentially, it's a take-out place, with some tables...a bakery, rather than a restaurant.

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                                                                                          piccola RE: kwass May 19, 2013 05:04 PM

                                                                                          Unless it's moved, the northern one is actually south of Dupont, near Hallam.

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                                                                                            kwass RE: piccola May 19, 2013 05:20 PM

                                                                                            Sorry! My mistake. You're correct.

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                                                                          Ediblethoughts RE: kwass Aug 11, 2013 05:24 PM

                                                                          So I tried the chocolate covered donuts from Venezia this weekend and I was disappointed because they really did not taste fresh. It's hard to know of course, but I think I would have liked them if they had been fresh. But it didn't taste like it was made that day.

                                                                          A pity...

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                                                                            kwass RE: Ediblethoughts Aug 11, 2013 05:59 PM

                                                                            Their doughnuts are awesome, but I wouldn't be surprised if they're not made fresh on the weekends, especially on Sundays. I've only had a stale doughnut from there once, and it was on the Monday of a long weekend.

                                                                            My suggestion is to go during the week, and like I tell everyone that I send there, get there in the morning. You won't be disappointed!

                                                                        3. re: justsayn
                                                                          cheesymama RE: justsayn Aug 26, 2012 05:05 PM

                                                                          Who/what is Rachelle's? TIA

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                                                                            kwass RE: cheesymama Aug 26, 2012 05:23 PM

                                                                            Rachelle sells donuts out of Beast Restaurant on Thursdays and Sundays.

                                                                            1. re: kwass
                                                                              cheesymama RE: kwass Aug 26, 2012 05:29 PM

                                                                              Thanks! I will check them out.

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                                                                                justsayn RE: cheesymama Aug 26, 2012 06:17 PM

                                                                                Thursdays begin at 8am through the side door of beast and she is sold out by 9:30 generally. She tweets the flavours at 8am.

                                                                                Sunday is during their brunch - the maple bacon is the standard and has a huge following and I guess there is a donut of the day based on what Kwass has mentioned. I am not a Beast fan for brunch.

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                                                                                  ylsf RE: justsayn Aug 26, 2012 10:40 PM

                                                                                  It seems like nowadays she is often sold out by like 8:30am or before....

                                                                                  I went to Glory Hole today, I enjoyed the Chocolate Pistachio one I had but at $3.50 plus tax, yeah, I won't be going every day... That is probably a good thing. I had one of the lemon meringue donuts previously and I enjoyed it more as it was more "different". I think I will try the filled donuts next time if there is something different at Glory Hole. I am curious to see what she comes up with. I have had the donuts from Rachelle's before and they are probably my favourite in the city right now but without a real store, probably not something I will have often. I really need to start trying to make my own at some point...

                                                                                  Anyway, happy to see that Ghole finally got her shop up and running. Wish her a ton of business and interesting flavours ahead.

                                                                                  1. re: ylsf
                                                                                    justsayn RE: ylsf Aug 27, 2012 06:48 AM

                                                                                    I don't know why Rachelle doesn't make more donuts but if one is interested, you should follow her on twitter. Flavours are tweeted around 7:30. Doors open at 8.

                                                                                    Each week is different. All it takes is one or two people taking a whack of them back to their office and she sells out quickly.

                                                                                    https://twitter.com/doughtoronto (if you click "expand" after the tweets, you will see the exact time they were sent - add 3 hours for EST)

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                                                                            pakmode RE: justsayn Aug 27, 2012 02:04 PM

                                                                            Totally agree about San Remo.

                                                                            Apple fritters = amazing. Chocolate dip not so much.

                                                                            I still label Zehr's (a subsidiary of Loblaws) as the most consistent anywhere in southern Ontario. Their apple fritters are a close second and their chocolate dip is first in my books.

                                                                            Surprisingly - closer to home - the new Loblaws in Maple Leaf Gardens sells doughnuts as well. And they must use the same batter as Zehr's. I tried one yesterday and they were pretty damn good. They had some with all sorts of toppings as well to mimic smores, or turtles, etc - this will be my new go-to place when I'm craving a Zehr's doughnut.

                                                                            1. re: pakmode
                                                                              ylsf RE: pakmode Aug 27, 2012 05:11 PM

                                                                              Does anyone know if Loblaws at MLG and Zehr's makes the donuts in store? I was really tempted by the look of the Loblaws MLG donuts but thought they probably "looked" better than they tasted.

                                                                              1. re: ylsf
                                                                                magic RE: ylsf Aug 27, 2012 06:59 PM

                                                                                I'm assuming MLG Loblaws the makes them in-store but I can't say for sure.

                                                                                I tried a few. Definitely look (and smell!) better than they taste. I found them too dry and plain and spongey.

                                                                                Not worth the fat. For me at least.

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                                                                                  buttertartz RE: magic Aug 29, 2012 02:37 PM

                                                                                  I actually quite enjoyed the maple bacon donuts - plain yeast donut with maple glaze and lots of bacon crumbles. Definitely worth a $1.29 and in my opinion, worth the calories!

                                                                                2. re: ylsf
                                                                                  pakmode RE: ylsf Aug 28, 2012 08:29 AM

                                                                                  Zehr's does for sure. magic - the doughnut I had that day was really moist.

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                                                                                    magic RE: pakmode Aug 28, 2012 08:55 AM

                                                                                    Good to know, pakmode :)

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                                                                          ylsf RE: Bobby Wham Aug 27, 2012 07:07 AM

                                                                          Write up and more pics on blogto:

                                                                          1. justsayn RE: Bobby Wham Sep 1, 2012 01:00 PM

                                                                            While not a fan of the place, I was asked to bring some to a party by people who are more than a bit curious.

                                                                            It was around 2 and yet again they were sold out - with more coming in an hour and a half.

                                                                            I recommend that you call ahead if you ever want to go there. Traffic on Queen is no fun, to only be turned around empty handed.

                                                                            Good news is I bought some aweseome cookies and tarts from Alimento instead - wayyyyy better than Ghole!

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                                                                            1. re: justsayn
                                                                              kwass RE: justsayn Sep 2, 2012 09:06 AM

                                                                              Well, I finally made my way to Glory Hole, and to my chagrin, it was an utter disappointment! I bought a 1/2 dozen. 1 cinnamon sugar, 1 chocolate pistachio, 1 cookies and cream, 1 banana cream, 1 Elvis, and 1 lemon meringue.

                                                                              Cinnamon Sugar: I love anything with cinnamon sugar, but this donut was really average.

                                                                              Chocolate Pistachio: I'm not a big chocolate lover, and the chocolate glaze was made of dark chocolate, which I found to be too rich. That being said, chocolate lovers would probably love this donut.

                                                                              Cookies and Cream: Was covered in some sort of white icing, and sprinkled with oreo cookie crumbs. Not the whole oreo, centre and all, just the cookie crumbs, and it just was really nothing special.

                                                                              Banana Cream: Was my favourite, but probably only because I LOVE whipped cream, and this was covered in whipped cream. The actual banana cream, was very subtle, and you could barely taste it. It was more like eating a whipped cream filled donut than a banana cream filled donut.

                                                                              The Elvis: Had a peanut butter frosting, a toasted marshmellow in the center, and was sprinkled with dried bananas and bacon. This donut was really good, but after 3 bites I was done. It turned out to be a little too rich for my liking.

                                                                              Lemon Meringue: Is still sitting on my counter. After 5 donuts, I couldn't eat anymore. Will report back, once I've tried it.

                                                                              Overall, these donuts were forgettable. Definitely not worth $4.50 a donut. I could probably justify spending $3, even $3.50 for a gourmet donut, but $4.50 just seemed over the top!

                                                                              1. re: kwass
                                                                                petek RE: kwass Sep 2, 2012 09:42 AM

                                                                                You killed 5 donuts in 1 sitting?? How big are they?

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                                                                                  kwass RE: petek Sep 2, 2012 11:11 AM

                                                                                  For $4.50 a donut, not big enough...lol!! That being said, I feel nauseous!

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                                                                                    kwass RE: petek Sep 2, 2012 11:14 AM

                                                                                    Honestly though, they were on the small side. I was expecting them to be bigger.

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                                                                                      petek RE: kwass Sep 2, 2012 12:19 PM

                                                                                      That's what I figured..
                                                                                      I'll still give em a go.

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                                                                                        kwass RE: petek Sep 2, 2012 12:23 PM

                                                                                        I definitely think everyone should try them. I just won't be going back. For me once was enough. But I am glad that I tried them. I always would have wondered about them if I hadn't.

                                                                                        1. re: kwass
                                                                                          kwass RE: kwass Sep 2, 2012 02:00 PM

                                                                                          Well, I finally tried the lemon meringue, and it was delicious. So my 2 favourite were the banana cream and lemon meringue.

                                                                                    2. re: petek
                                                                                      ingloriouseater RE: petek Sep 3, 2012 06:59 AM

                                                                                      they are regular sized donuts like tim's or anywhere else, bigger than kk. i don't know anyone that could or hsould eat 5 of any kind of donut.

                                                                                      1. re: ingloriouseater
                                                                                        petek RE: ingloriouseater Sep 3, 2012 08:07 AM

                                                                                        <i don't know anyone that could or hsould eat 5 of any kind of donut.>

                                                                                        I've knocked back 2 fritters from San Remo with plenty of room to spare,but I had to stop myself as there were only a dozen(mixed) between 7 of us.... :D

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                                                                                          Yongeman RE: petek Sep 3, 2012 08:15 AM

                                                                                          Ha ha. I think I've maxed out at 3 San Remo fritters, petek. That's one on the way home (25 min. drive), and a couple with coffee at home. Probably some nibbles during the rest of the day, too.

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                                                                                            petek RE: Yongeman Sep 3, 2012 08:28 AM

                                                                                            I have to admit,my co workers had to physically restrain me from going for a third..it wasn't a pretty sight.

                                                                                        2. re: ingloriouseater
                                                                                          kwass RE: ingloriouseater Sep 3, 2012 10:17 AM

                                                                                          In my defence, they aren't particularly big, and, I only ate 1/2 of the chocolate pistachio and 3/4 of the Elvis...lol. That being said, I did feel kind of nauseous.

                                                                                          1. re: kwass
                                                                                            magic RE: kwass Sep 3, 2012 11:00 AM

                                                                                            Eat whatever you want, don't defend yourself :)

                                                                                            Just maybe jog or something this week!

                                                                                            1. re: magic
                                                                                              kwass RE: magic Sep 3, 2012 12:28 PM

                                                                                              Thanks Magic! You're funny! Truth be told i allow myself 2 cheat meals/week. The rest of the time, I eat incredibly healthy. So I'll be fine :)

                                                                                              My 2nd cheat meal this week was today @ lunch. Will talk about it on another thread.

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                                                                                                magic RE: kwass Sep 3, 2012 12:46 PM


                                                                                  2. kwass RE: Bobby Wham Feb 22, 2013 09:49 AM

                                                                                    How does she run a successful business when she's always running out of doughnuts? I follow her on Twitter and she's constantly saying that they've run out but that the next batch is on the way. She just posted that the next batch won't be ready for 1 hour and 45 minuntes. How ridiculous is that? Plus she's getting rid of what I consider the best doughnut on her menu...banana cream pie. She's also getting rid of Black Forest, which doesn't upset me, because I'm not a fan. And apparently, lemon meringue hasn't been on the menu for a while.

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                                                                                      ylsf RE: kwass Feb 22, 2013 09:53 AM

                                                                                      Always wondered the same thing. Don't know if she is just understaffed or what. Seems pretty ridiculous. Makes me not want to really go again as it is a "gamble" if she will even have anything by the time I get there (even if I checked twitter before I left)..

                                                                                      1. re: ylsf
                                                                                        kwass RE: ylsf Feb 22, 2013 09:55 AM

                                                                                        Exactly! I find it incredibly frustrating, and like you, I don't want to take a chance of going and her being sold out. Other bakeries find a way to keep their shelves stocked, why can't she?

                                                                                        1. re: kwass
                                                                                          justsayn RE: kwass Feb 22, 2013 09:59 AM

                                                                                          Personally, I don't roll the dice with her anymore. Too many upsets. I am not a big fan anyway but have friends who are, and I try to gift them but stopped trying.

                                                                                          1. re: justsayn
                                                                                            kwass RE: justsayn Feb 22, 2013 10:04 AM

                                                                                            I actually haven't been in a couple of months, and that's largely the reason why. Plus, it's a doughnut shop. Why is she opening up @ 10 on the weekends? She should be open way earlier than that. But maybe that's just me, because I tend to be an early bird.

                                                                                            Just feeling annoyed right now. Sorry guys :)

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                                                                                              kwass RE: kwass Feb 22, 2013 10:07 AM

                                                                                              All I can say right now is bring on Jelly Doughnuts. I imagine that they know how to run a business.

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                                                                                                justsayn RE: kwass Feb 22, 2013 10:28 AM

                                                                                                You can be assured of that!

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                                                                                                  kwass RE: justsayn Feb 22, 2013 11:13 AM


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                                                                                        justsayn RE: kwass Feb 22, 2013 09:55 AM

                                                                                        You pretty much summed it up....

                                                                                      3. petek RE: Bobby Wham Feb 22, 2013 11:15 AM

                                                                                        I appreciate the fact that she's doing small batches throughout the day to keep things fresh(nothin' worse than a stale donut)but I can't justify rolling the dice to drive 20 mins +(Y&E) + trying to find parking, only to find out they're sold out before I get there.And forget about the weekend.

                                                                                        I really want to check out GHD,but the incentive just ain't there..

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                                                                                        1. re: petek
                                                                                          kwass RE: petek Feb 22, 2013 11:26 AM

                                                                                          I understand wanting to keep the doughnuts fresh, but come on...an almost 2 hour wait in between batches. Also, her doughnuts sell out fairly fast, so I don't think there's a real risk of the doughnuts becoming stale. IMO, she has to work on her timing or hire more staff...or both!

                                                                                          1. re: kwass
                                                                                            petek RE: kwass Feb 22, 2013 11:38 AM

                                                                                            IMO, she has to work on her timing or hire more staff...or both!

                                                                                            Or maybe it's some kind of brilliant marketing scheme we're not privy to.. small batches,sellout fast, keep em wanting :D

                                                                                            1. re: petek
                                                                                              kwass RE: petek Feb 22, 2013 12:01 PM

                                                                                              Maybe...but that can only last for so long before people get frustrated, give up and say f it. She's not the only game in town.

                                                                                        2. grampart RE: Bobby Wham Apr 24, 2013 11:39 AM

                                                                                          It's been over a year and I still can't get past the name of this place.

                                                                                          1. kwass RE: Bobby Wham May 19, 2013 10:17 AM

                                                                                            Went to Glory Hole today and had the stuffing doughnut, and the glazed cake doughnut, and was so disappointed! The stuffing doughnut was good enough, but there was no stuffing in it. It tasted like a glazed doughnut with bacon on top. Definitely not worth the 4.50, when I could have had a glazed doughnut anywhere and had the exact same experience, for a fraction of the price.

                                                                                            As for the cake doughnut, it was wet inside. For those of you who like cake doughnuts, don't waste your time @ Glory Hole. Head straight for Paulette's!

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                                                                                              Shari_Toronto RE: Bobby Wham May 20, 2013 09:31 AM

                                                                                              Best donuts, hands down. I have had quite a few of their varieties and even have the t-shirt. Go now if you haven't.

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                                                                                                kwass RE: Shari_Toronto May 20, 2013 09:50 AM

                                                                                                Couldn't disagree more! She does some doughnuts well, but overall, I'm usually disappointed.

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                                                                                                  kwass RE: Shari_Toronto May 20, 2013 09:52 AM

                                                                                                  I find that she's more style over substance.

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