Honey Doughnuts and Goodies
4373 Gallant Avenue
North Vancouver, BC
(604) 929 4988
The easternmost district in North Vancouver known as Deep Cove, is home to a quaint little street populated by several eateries and shops. This two-block stretch of Gallant Avenue is where visitors and locals alike can stop in for a bite to eat while enjoying the natural surroundings. Honey Doughnuts and Goodies stands out as the most popular destination along this strip, given its decent sized eat-in space and convenient snack offerings that are easy to buy-and-go. I’m sure part of its appeal is also due in part to the steady line-up that brings in the curious and the sweet smells that flow out onto the sidewalk.
As the name suggests, doughnuts are a hot seller. In the glass display case inside where you also place your order, an assortment of healthy (e.g organic) and more sugary varieties of doughnuts can be had, as well as scones, muffins and other pastries. The donuts here are “richer” looking, the kind with a heavier consistency and the glazed ones I saw were really attractive. I would not go as far as to say they were all-out gourmet, but certainly more than the generic Tim Horton’s.
While in line on this day, a man ahead of me in the cue ordered a whopping $150 worth of donuts! Its not like he had pre-ordered this, so as the girls behind the counter were busy counting and putting them into brown paper bags, it was clear the supplies would be threatened for those us in still waiting to get our goods. I later saw a tented parking lot that looked like it was an eating area for a film set, which might explain this large order – as homes in the neighborhood are often rented by the television and movie industry.
In addition to the sweets, Honey Donuts and Goodies also has on their menu, some good looking breakfast dishes, along with some soups and sandwiches. With plans to go hiking on the nearby Badden-Powel Trail, I thought it best to warm up and chose the Soup & Bread Combo, with the soup being Chicken Kale. It was a hearty soup, with beans, onions, plenty of kale, and chunks of chicken in a rich, slightly salty broth. Aside from this, I got a Blueberry Muffin to go as a snack for later on (sorry, not pictured). Towards the end of my hike, I opened it up and had a few bites. Good flavor, not too brittle and dried out. I am sure they taste much better hot out of the oven.
I found it interesting that it seemed many members of the kitchen/wait staff were of Latino heritage. We overheard a discussion, it seemed there was some mention about Argentina between one of them and another person in line, so its possible that’s where they are from. I don’t think its had a huge impact on their menu, but interesting nonetheless.