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.
These doughnuts are famous! Even without the chocolate dip, they are worth travelling across the city to get! They are so popular that it is really crowded on the weekends - would more staff help sell more doghnuts?
When we have out of town visitors we take them down to the cove and let them experince the true local hangout. Coffee strong and just right and of course the doughnuts are so unique , well it's the only dougnuts we know to be so darn good. Inside is very tight and even on rainy days you can still be outside reading the paper and watch the neighbourhood walk by.
The cafe even leaves out a bowl of water for your dog.
For anyone who wants a really good cake-like donut...this is "THE" place for it. I heard alot of people talking about it and one day, a co-worker brought one in for me. It was amazing, a little oily but amazing. This place is situated in the heart of Deep Cove and the ambience is really quaint though I have to comment the size of the cafe shop is really small and cramp...especially on those busy and crazy days. It's a great local coffee shop ( forget Starbucks ) to just hang out...I know I'll be doing that when the weather is more favorable.
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.
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!
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
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.
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
I took a kayaking lesson at Deep Cove and part of the package was lunch from Honey's. The bread is so fresh and the sandwich, so large. I had a turkey sandwich and a doughnut and I was stuffed! Those big yummy doughnuts are the size of a car tire and are total indulgence. They are bit oily but hey, doughnuts are cooked in oil. It's a very casual little place, you can sit outside in the summer or take the food to go and walk down to the park across the street and look at the ocean. Just great.
My wife and try to find new breakfast joints to enjoy our Saturday morning dates and were not disappointed when we went to Honey's. We had gone kayaking with some friends one evening and our friend had hoped that Honey's would be open. She was disappointed to find out that it was closed. She was really hoping to get theri magical donuts.
So, the following morning on my weekly cycling "tour" with some friends we rode to Deep Cove and stopped by Honey's and I had their delicious rolly polly doughnuts. The donut was fantastic. The donuts had a "krispy" thin shell , had a "rolly and polly" shape to them and slathered with a chocolate frosting. Very simple and very fresh with three frostings - chocolate, maple and HONEY-glaze. I knew I should have bought a couple to take home but forgot, so I thought I would take my wife there the following week.
We got there just before the lineup went through the door and to the lamp-post at the sidewalk. My wife had a hard-time deciding on the large selection of freshly baked muffins and scones. From the Baden Powell (blackberry) muffin to those very seedy, healthy-looking ones. But she finally decided on a blueberry peach muffin and gave it thumbs up. She's not into the sweet and cakey muffins - this was was light and tasty and all-around delicious.
I had the Egg's Bennie special: it came with fresh fruit and homefries. There wasn't the excess of hollandaise that I usually encounter with bennies, just the right amount. The coffee was self-serve and we're always overjoyed when they have brewed decaf. And to top it off, the coffee tasted great! We always do without the caffeine and love good coffee.
No surprises which is what we like and a fairly basic though comfortable seating despite the crowd. There were no more outdoor tables so we took a table by the window. Very cool to have breakfast with scenery of the tree-ladened slopes around Deep Cove. It felt like we were on vacation, which is why ambiance rating is 4. Honey's definately had a "buzz" to it as there were kayakers, cyclists and the outdoor/North Van types there as well as families. This is full of locals for sure and destination kayakers who likely stop in after a morning of kayaking. There was another coffee shop open a few stores down with very few takers, but people were just spilling onto the streets from Honey's.
We brought home some donuts home for our children. One of our sons is in the baking and pastry arts program at VCC. He has pretty discerning taste and thought very highly of the rolly polly donuts.
It was a bit of a drive for us to get there from Vancouver, but well worth it. I'm sure I'll be stopping in every so often with my cycling buddies when we do the Deep Cove route and I think I'll also have to go kayaking more often...can't forget my Saturday morning dates with my wife as well - destination Honey's!
It strikes me that there are an incredible ammount of hidden agendas on this site and itbehooves us to read between the lines where reviews are concerned.
I've always wanted to add my opinion and I've finally decided to after reading the last two posts.
Giving a place like this one star across reflects on the maturity of the reviewer...enough said.
I have been bringing friends here for 10 years since I moved to the Norht Shore and every single guest has drooled over the flavour of Honey's famous doughnuts...definitely there strength.
If you can get them while they're still hot you'll be in for one heck of a treat if you like an old style, dense, slightly crispy on the outside doughnut:)