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Honey Doughnuts and Goodies

4373 Gallant Ave
North Vancouver, BC V7G1L1
Tel: (604) 929-4988
Fax: (604) 929-1235
  • Cuisine: Cafe, Doughnuts, Sandwiches
  • Price: $ ($15 or less)
  • Hours: Mon - Sun: 6AM - 5PM
  • Honey's soft and sweet doughnuts are a Deep Cove institution. They are baked in small batches throughout the day and are snatched up very quickly. Also available at Honey's are huge sandwiches, soups and gelato.

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Totally awesome In a Gross greasy kind of way
By princessgaga of burnaby B.C. (120 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 7, 2010 - 8:56pm [Dine in]

I had a honey donut. It was $1.50. It was not superfresh but still slightly warm. It tasted like it was deep fried in oil that was not hot enough for too long. Super super super super greasy and heavy. The sweet part did not taste like honey thank goodness because I hate honey. It was just super super sweet. I thought one was good in a bad way. Two would have been heave-inducing. Verdict - perfect hangover food.

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dirty
By chasiubow of North Van (675 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 7, 2008 - 11:36pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I wanted to try this famous DC doughnut shop, and when the rain stopped and Mr. Sun poked out his head, we decided to seize the opportunity. The restaurant is on the main drag of DC, and parking proved to be a challenge. When we got into the shop, I was surprised at how dirty and run down it was. Some of the patrons looked a bit rough as well, which was a surprise considering the neighborhood. I also noted the only w/c had a highchair parked in front and a handmade "out of order" sign was taped to the door.

The menu was not exactly encyclopedic, but there were enough choices to make it interesting. I had a Reuben, my beloved dining companion had a muffin, and we shared a big mocha. Service was not exactly friendly, but I expected that based on the previous reviews here.

The food was fine although the muffin was a bit dry. I did note that rye bread was not an option for my sandwich, but it was okay with brown bread. I also found it was rather expensive for what we got.

What this place really needs is a clean up, a coat of paint, and a little more charm. I don't think I'll be back anytime soon.

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Good choice for breakfast
By epicurious of Burnaby, BC (507 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 20, 2008 - 4:51pm [Dine in]

It was my first ever visit to Deep Cove this past long weekend, and I tried hard to remember some good reviews on Deep Cove eateries. Three came to mind: Arms Reach Bistro, Deep Cove Pizza, and Honey Doughnuts.

Arms Reach looked wonderful, but upon inquiring, there was an "at-least" 30 mins wait. Walked over to Deep Cove Pizza to find a chest-high counter with no pizza by-the-slice visible. Wasn't sure if it was only whole pies or not, so I walked over to Honey.

There was a huge line-up, but the place was pretty big with the eating area spilling out to next door.
I got in line and ordered an egg muffin (like egg mcmuffin, minus the mc) and an iced mocha. The cashier looked at me with a death glare and said, "no ice". I didn't quite hear her and said, "excuse me?". She said really loudly, "NO-ICE!!"
Not wanting hot coffee on a scorcher of a day, I just opted for soda. I was paying when I realized I forgot to mention my order was "to go". If looks could kill, I would have died right there. She snatched my "number 13" flagger from my fingers and scribbled hard on the order paper and gave me my receipt.

While waiting quietly in the corner, I noticed her mood swings from customer to customer. She was pretty friendly and talkative to the Deep Cove locals, but was really cold to the touristy types. Especially those who didn't speak English very well.

Shame about the service, because the food was quite good. My egg muffin had really nice sliced ham (quality better than deli slice) and green onions with the cheese sauce. It was a really good breakfast sandwich at a good price too.
Unfortunately, I would probably only go back (if in the area again) if that particular cashier was not working.

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I used to like your doughnuts...
By tommy of Kits (10 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 22, 2008 - 2:14am [Dine in]

It has been very famous for the doughnuts and I used to go almost every weekendjust to get them.
But this summer, everytime I went there, I was always very dessapointed. Tasts not good, and they were very, very, very greacy.
Last time I had them, some of them were not cooked enough I felt.
Plus, the owner's wife is so arogant. It was very busy and many customers were trying to order their food at the same time, so she was really angry and yelled "Nobody talks me now! OK?! Wait for your turn!!!!"...
I'm not gonna go there anymore, even though their breakfast menus are still good.

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Doughnuts: 1 Service: 0
By poops of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, March 30, 2012 - 4:36pm [Dine in]

Unfortunately, service doesn’t come with a smile here. While their doughnuts are exquisitely tasteful, the staff attitude, on the other hand, is just the opposite. In fact, the last time I was there, one lady berated a couple of out of town tourists for having English as a second language, leaving a bitter taste in my mouth (not a good combination with their delicious doughnuts). I’m presuming she is the owner’s wife, judging from the rancid eau-de-arrogance emanating from her personality -- as if to say, “I (co)own this place, little minion, so yes, I can and will treat you like the dog excrement under my left shoe, and think NOTHING of it.” You stay classy, co-owner lady. I will come back for a doughnut, but let it be known that I will not provide you with a smile. Nor a tip.

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Can you say "grease ball"
By angleoffood of north vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 15, 2011 - 6:31pm [Dine in]

got three of the donoughts - OMG- they really suck - they are dripping in grease and it is made even worst that they are not cooked long enough.

The grumpy lady manager told me they are honey flavoured when I asked - guess what they had no honey taste. just grease. all three donoughts were left on the table and we left. - never to return again.

bad food - even worst service

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Gone way downhill
By victory66 of Burnaby (35 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 13, 2008 - 7:02am [Dine in]

I agree with the last two posters. I went to this place on the recommendation of an article in the newspaper about 2 years ago and it was decent. The donuts were not too greasy, and the coffee was hot. However, I went there again about a month ago and this place has gone downhill in a big way. The coffee was only lukewarm and had a strange-looking film on the top, even after I added cream. I took one sip and found it to be bitter and almost cold. Then I tried the donut and this was even worse. I found the donut to be so greasy that I could not eat it. I tried one bite and got a mouth full of oil. I tried using a napkin and after soaking up 10 napkins worth of grease, figured it just wasn't worth it. I gave the plate and napkins and the remainder of the donut back to the server, as well as the coffee and let her know that I would not be back.

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pretty good for a heavy donut
By I-like-pies of Vancouver (23 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 5, 2009 - 5:52pm [Dine in]

I've had the really light air filled donuts such as krispy kreme, but these are the total opposite. Heavy, filling, and with a honey glaze or crunch to the outside. Very filling, but still manageable to down two plus a coffee. I've had similar donuts before, but this one seems to be a treat, especially in Deep Cove. Always a nice trip out there anyways.

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Don't assume you'll find great donuts
By kitchennightmares of Vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 25, 2012 - 1:37am [Dine in]

I've only tried the plain donuts here once but I left very disappointed. I have a sweet tooth and so it's not often that someone screws up a dessert for me. After brunch at the Arms Reach Bistro this spring, I decided to stop at this place for a treat, as I had read that this is one of the top attractions of Deep Cove.

I find it hard to describe the donuts because they lacked any flavor. I find donuts from major grocery stores to be mediocre (dry and too sweet), but these might rank even lower. I can only hope that I had a bad batch, because I don't understand the hype about this place.

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Greasy and Unappetizing
By all4movies of Richmond (13 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 20, 2008 - 7:38pm [Dine in]

I recently went to Honey's and was very disappointed by the server's surly attitude. She was an older woman and it appeared that she was tired and grumpy and didn't want to be there. I didn't see her smile once or say thank you to customers.

Even more disappointing were the greasy doughnuts. Perhaps, if they were fresh they may have tasted better but they appeared as if they had been sitting awhile under the plastic cover. They did not look very appetizing and I only tried it because I've read the positive reviews.

This will be first and last visit for me.

Thank god the gelato store saved the visit to Deep Cove from becoming a total disaster.

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Rating it as 0 in service is doing it a disservice. Worst owner/staff attitude ever!
By Anfield778 of North Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, January 14, 2013 - 6:15pm [Dine in]

Great food - freshly baked muffins and unique potato bread. Donuts are over-rated in my opinion.

Howver what grates me is that I'm a regular here for many years and have always been treated indifferently. That's fine as not everyone has a cheery disposition at 7 am, but hey when a regular customer walks into your shop every week, the least you could do is to refrain from being rude!

Never going back - you've just lost $600 p,a. worth of business.

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Rip-off: bad food, bad service, overpriced.
By pabloman of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, November 5, 2011 - 6:05pm [Take-out]

1) The lattes were the most expensive in Vancouver ($3.75), and only one shot: it was 12oz of steamed milk with a glimpse of coffee). When I asked about it they added a second shots for even $2 more!

2) They gave me the wrong muffins. When I complained the "manager" told me that since I touched the merchandize I'll have to buy again the muffins I wanted. She went on, referring to my country of origin in a clearly racist way. Even after I had left a juicy tip she wouldn't even consider my rights as a customer and give me the muffins I wanted!

3) Avoid this place altogether if you wish to have a nice time in Deep Cove.

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Overpriced Doughnuts
By HSMedia of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, August 8, 2011 - 7:10pm [Dine in]

I don't get whats all the commotion about this overpriced place. The customer service was hideous and I believe I was serviced by the two owners themselves. Being presented by the owners I would have believed to be treated with a tad of respect. They're also suppose to specialize in doughnuts but in fact they should rename them to grease balls. My friend and I endeavored separate items, I got the honey doughnut expecting it to be magnificent seeing as it was on the title of the restaurant but received the total opposite. I read the reviews here and people said to get them hot. As I insist I wanted a fresh one it was nothing but dripping oil with not a slight taste of honey on it but a giant piece of dough. My friend however got one of the muffins and instead of being soaked like my doughnut it was dry like a desert. I can not express the dissatisfaction about this place, without the upbringing the locals grant this place it would be out of business.

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Terrible Service
By Claire Doorey of Deep Cove North Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, December 14, 2010 - 11:34am [Dine in]

It's a shame when a good cafe is let down by the terrible service of a particular staff member. As a local who, until now, regularly frequented this establishment I am disappointed that the constant rudeness experienced has forced me to take my business elsewhere. Honeyz is fortunate to be in a great town with a hold on the locals who enjoy the fantastic food baked freshly everyday. I have tried the doughnuts and was less than impressed as there was far too much baking powder (I'm assuming) in the batch. I have not been tempted to try another one so perhaps a little unfair of me to judge them. However, their muffins are wonderful and coffee is of a good standard. It has a good ambience yet I feel the staff have a dark cloud hanging over them preventing them from really enjoying their work and letting their pleasure in serving their customers shine through. A simple smile or friendly greeting goes a very long way. If you wish to part with your 'hard earned cash' you will not be disappointed with your food here, although personally I like to pay for the whole package.

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Grumpiest Servers Ever
By PKripper of North Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, September 16, 2010 - 2:27pm [Dine in]

What is all the hype about, why does everyone eat here??? Food is mediocre at best but even worse is the service. Who does the hiring at this place and how is it possible that they have found the grumpiest people in N. Vancouver to work at the front end. If this place had any decent competition it would be out of business, but the fact is it is the only place close to deep cove that you are able to get a quick coffee and a muffin to go, so people put up with the terrible service. I recommend grabbing whatever you want to eat or drink on your way into deep cove and or go to Arms Reach Bistro and sit down it's worth the extra money.

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Ok, so here are some local tips on how to have a GREAT honey's experience:
By teagirl of north shore (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, March 28, 2010 - 8:07am [Dine in]

As many reviewers have noticed, the Honey's experience is sometimes better than others!!! It's true, the owners / servers get a bit frazzled when it gets busy. But it gets REALLY busy! So it's kind of understandable. And having worked at a restaurant myself, I can relate to their frustration when someone has been standing in a huge line and STILL hasn't made up their mind by the time they get to the front! And you just want to serve them fast and get to the next person in line and they stand there like, "Oh, um, I think, uh...".
But, it's actually BEST to go to Honey's when there's a line, because that means the donuts will be hot & fresh. DO NOT get the kind dipped in chocolate or whatever - they are not as fresh!! Do the math, people. Honey's donuts are fantastic, but only for about 15 minutes. After that, they cool off, and are a bit not-so-great. BUT if you buy them when they're cool and take them home, put them in the oven @ 250 for about 10 mins and then pour honey or maple syrup over them, you can re-create the Honey's amazingness. So here's the thing: put up with the lineup, it means you'll be getting hot fresh donuts. Buy PLAIN donuts, the dipped are not as good. Buy extra to take home. Buy 6, then there's no GST (at least 'til that darn HST comes in...). When you've eaten your fill, take the rest home for your pals but heat them up first as described before you eat 'em! Otherwise yeah they're oily & kinda too much. But warm with honey or maple syrup, oh my. Mmm mmm mm. Heading to Honey's right now, in fact! Go with forethought and you won't be disappointed :)

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Not sure what the hype is
By muffinbaker of Burnaby (9 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 21, 2009 - 9:43pm [Dine in]

After hearing all the raves about Honey's doughnuts thought that we'd go give it a try today. Well, I had the maple and my sweetie had the choco. Given he is a chocoholic, he thought it was great. I myself didn't really see what the big deal was about it. Kind of like a greasy lump of fried cake with maple icing on top? Bought a muffin to go for later and that was pretty good. Breakfast looks good, would be willing to try that next time we're there but I think once is enough for the doughnut.

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Don't These People Read Their Reviews
By OliviaSmith of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, June 8, 2009 - 12:08pm [Dine in]

I guess they must be too busy making money! You always have to wait in long lineups, often out to the curb, often in the rain. The seating outside is great, but only because Deep Cove offers a natural ambiance beyond compare. Inside it is noisey, cluttered and unorganized. The two ladies behind the counter are always extremely rude, impatient, and never smile. Thank goodness there was a new waitress last weekend, and she did actually smile and keep our table kept (her first day I might add, I wonder how long she'll last),
I was mistakedly over charged - $91.75 for two muffins, two donuts and four lattes. So check your receipts. The owner was most appolgetic when I phoned her.
If folks are looking for a better place, it is well worth the walk to the round-a-bout and go sit on the fabulous deck of the "Arms Reach". And if there is a wait, they at least take your name and phone your cel when your table is ready.
I think Honey's should think about some major reoranizing!

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Great pastry, pretty rude service.
By lolabeans of kamloops (3 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, December 18, 2008 - 1:43pm [Dine in]

Yep, the doughnuts are a glutinous indulgence, so much better than any doughnut you'd get in a store. The other pastries are wonderful aswell, particularilly the croissants. The other food is ok, yet overpriced. The coffee is not terrific, yet adequate if coupled with one of there more than ample pastries. Some of the younger people who work there are nice, however, some of the older employees (possibly owners) are extremely rude and indifferent. You gotta be ready right away without any questions or they become noticeably impatient. Parking is tough to find, but that applies for all of deep cove, not just Honey's.

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Left a bad taste in my mouth
By in_a_pickle of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, October 8, 2008 - 1:30pm [Dine in]

I recently brought an out of town visitor to Deep Cove and stopped in for the first time ever to try their infamous doughnuts. While waiting in line, the owner (?) berated an employee in front of us all. When confronted by another patron of her rude tone, the owner was unapolegtic and brushed the customer off. Completely uncalled for.
The doughnut could've been amazing, but all this left a very sour first impression.

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