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How do you doughnut? The sprinkly, North American kind? The berliner stuffed with jelly or custard? Maybe the deep fried bits rolled in icing sugar and caramel sauce?

From left to right:
1) Homer’s Fav from the Camden Cake cart in Camden Market.
2) Custard filled berliner from The Fields Beneath.
3) Gooey salted caramel bits topped with pecan from You Doughnut.

A year to the day that we embarked, our Homer’s Odyssey into Toronto’s doughnuts continues…

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We first started this little round-up of our favourite doughnut shops when Glory Hole Doughnuts began buzzing with Google query gold. One year later, Toronto still supports more Tim Horton’s than public libraries and Rob Ford remains our mayor, but we do have a brace of new gourmet doughnuts outlets in the city (coincidence?). Since setting up shop in Parkdale, Glory Hole has exacted the standard for fresh and fluffy doughnuts while winning over even more fans with new flavours. Pictured here are regular sellouts the Elvis with Marshmallow (peanut butter icing, banana chips,  bacon, nuts, and toasty marshmallow) and the relatively tame but equally knee-melting Chocolate Pistachio.

Glory Hole

Glory Hole Doughnuts
1596 Queen Street West | Website

More Toronto Doughnuts: Bake Lab / Bonjour Brioche / Caldense Bakery / Mexi-Can Market / Nova Era Bakery / Paulette’s Original Donuts and Chicken /  Venezia Bakery

We didn’t go to Montreal in search of Russian doughnuts, but that’s exactly what we found on a weekend dedicated to joie de vivre in the City of Saints. Chez Boris is a newly opened café that specializes in freshly made Ponchiki and beignwiches (donut sandwiches) in both savoury and ice cream versions. At home between the Plateau Mont-Royal and Outremont neighbourhoods, the roomy windowed space is adorned with an easy mix of bohemian and proletarian frills. Communal tables, a used books and boardgames library, plenty of mismatched wooden chairs and free wifi all make for very inviting visits – as if the smell of piping hot doughnuts and coffee weren’t enough. The doughnuts come in a changing array of flavours and the aforementioned ice cream sandwiches are served with good old Chapman’s. We went with pumpkin spice and sugar doughnuts, our ice cream beignwich came with a warm strawberry compote. Best of all, Boris’ doughnuts are made to order and go for a mere 75 cents!

Chez Boris
5151 Avenue du Parc | Website | Yelp