Once thought of simply as the ultra-sweet accompaniment to diner-style coffee, doughnuts have since been transformed into high-end confections sought out by even the most discerning foodies. Leading this culinary revolution is Toronto’s Glory Hole Doughnuts, which serves up some of the most unique – and delicious – pastries in the city.
Glory Hole is the brainchild of chef and owner Ashley Jacot De Boinod, who has worked as a pastry chef for some of Toronto’s top restaurants, including Buca and Scaramouche. De Boinod originally began by selling her delicious doughnuts to other shops, but later managed to leverage the power of crowdfunding to achieve her dream of opening up a dedicated retail space. Today, Glory Hole occupies a cozy storefront in the heart of Toronto’s vibrant Parkdale neighborhood.
Part of what makes Glory Hole unique is the store’s vintage Canadian aesthetic, which was designed by De Boinod and her husband Rob Dean. The charmingly patriotic touches include a counter made from pieces of chopped wood and wilderness-inspired artwork that pays homage to Canada’s great outdoors. There is also a blackboard paint wall that provides the perfect place to showcase the shop’s tantalizing menu.
Of course, the main reason customers are drawn to Glory Hole is the mouth-watering yeast and cake doughnuts that are made fresh throughout the day. Unlike other bake shops, Glory Hole has developed a cult-like following for inventive flavor combinations such as Toast and Butter, Malted Milk and even a Simpsons-inspired creation called the ‘Sprinkfield.’ The menu changes seasonally, meaning there are constantly new varieties for doughnut-loving Torontonians to sink their teeth into. The shop also offers a rotating menu of vegan-friendly donuts for those with dietary restrictions.
More recently Glory Hole began offering a new service that gives customers a whole new way to enjoy its signature creations: Doughnut Walls. Intended for everything from weddings to corporate events, Glory Hole’s Doughnut Walls serve as both an Instagramable visual display and a delicious way to feed a crowd.
For those on the hunt for an innovative culinary confection that tastes just as delicious as it looks, Glory Hole Doughnuts is the perfect spot.