Glory Hole Doughnuts

Along Toronto's Queen Street a new batch of doughnut shops have made their territories clear.  On the East side there's Paulette's.  On the West side - Glory Hole.  But what's different about this food fight is there's no real winner.  It's all about personal preference.  If you like cakey, deliciously dense, and heavily iced d-nuts, then head to Paulette's. If you love light, fluffy, and fried yeast dough, Glory Hole is your best bet. And yes, it's ok to giggle at the name.

On our first visit to GH, only about a week after the opening of their Parkdale storefront, this was the sad scene.

We were quickly informed by the lady doughnut clerk that all the flavours would be coming out in about an hour, and to watch their twitter (we also learn that she lives in the Junction, walks to work instead of biking, and jumped at the chance to work in a doughnut shop).

If you find yourself in the same situation as we did, the best place to wait it out is at the Pinball Cafe, one block West. Shoot a couple rounds of pinball in the back or grab a coffee, and play one of their old school games like Kerplunk or Jenga.

Fast forward an hour and we're back at Glory Hole HQ, and still nada.  A line has now formed and strangers are becoming friends discussing which flavours they are excited to try.  Eventually the doughnuts emerge tray by tray in all their glory. The very last one filled with lemon meringue and banana cream was by far the best.  We also devoured the maple, pretzel (small pretzel bits with chocolate icing), and the Elvis (peanut butter with banana chips, bacon and not enough marshmallow).  The cookies and cream was the only one not really worth the wait.

Tell us below what your favourite doughnuts are.


  1. These doughnuts look incredible! How do they compare to doughnut plant in NYC? The pb/banana from there is my fave piece of fried dough by far!


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