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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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cementitious muffin, delicious gluten-free bagel
By harbinger of North Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, April 29, 2013 - 7:19pm [Dine in]

It was 7AM and the server was already grumpy. I glanced into the kitchen and the kitchen staff seemed no happier. If this was a sign for the rest of the day, I felt apprehension for patrons arriving later.

I tried one of the muffins and it was cementitious: heavy, dense, dry, unleavened, coarse. A large coffee was not enough to slake the muffin. The muffin had healthy ingredients; but it wasn't palatable.

My friend had a gluten-free bagel with bacon and cheese and said it was so delicious, she could have eaten two.

The main storefront of Honey Doughnuts is visually interesting with lots of charm; however, ambience can never make a lumpy muffin edible.

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Honey doughnuts are CAKE, not "dough".
By feevo of West Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 10:00am [Take-out]

Honey "doughnuts" are cake doughnuts, which means they are made from batter, leavened by baking soda/powder; they are deep fried cake. Traditional doughnuts are made from dough, leavened by yeast; they are deep fried bread. The two have little in common, in my opinion. Several people I know say they don't usually like doughnuts, but they love Honey's! They never specified (or realized?) that what they love is cake, not dough. So hearing all the rave about the best"dough"nuts ever, I was excited to try them. They are like a deep fried cake muffin, not my thing, and I could taste the baking soda, also not good. They are heavy, not light... So, if you like deep fried cake, greasy and crunchy on the outside and a rich cake center, try Honeys. If you actually want a doughnut made from dough, good luck finding one in Vancouver that isn't a Tim Horton's! The ones in Granville market are pretty good though!

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Honey's is a great little spot in Deep Cove
By Dometown of North vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, October 20, 2010 - 5:43pm [Dine in]

I have been going to Honey's for so long I cant even remember. There sandwiches are great even though sometimes they scimp on the meat. The doughnuts are one of a kind. Had about 100 over the years. They make wonderful healthy muffins and the coffee is always hot
The owners are great and always super friendly, but I do agree with some posted about the old grumpy lady at the front counter. Has a few run ins with her, she should not be dealing with customers, actually she should be fired.
Overall this is a great little spot

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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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Best Doughnuts Ever
By chrisfrench of North Vancouver District (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - 1:45pm [Dine in]

Honey's is the place for a family to go on their way to a picnic. They can get great food there for a lunch in the park. The sandwiches are toasted and taste amazing. I highly reccomend the BLT. I also am ape for the doughnuts. If there was no such thing as a Honey's Doughnut, I would die. This is a perfect place to go for a coffee too if you just finished coming down from Corey Rock. I really enjoyed that with my family.

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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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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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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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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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Best donuts and awesome breakfast
By yummy-21 of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, July 31, 2009 - 4:46pm [Dine in]

I've enjoyed Honey's for years. The Cove Mans breakfast is a work of art, the potato bread soo fresh and the donuts are the best in the world. As for line ups well yes it gets busy at times but its because the foods so good. The people that work there are actually very nice, and unless you're an impatient snob you should have an excellent experience. The owner's are the nicest people you could ever meet and put on an awesome christmas party for their regulars. The seating has been expanded to accomodate more people because it's evident the food rocks! Perhaps negative critics should remember it's a donut shop not the ritz

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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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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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