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Top Pot Doughnuts, Seattle

March 15, 2015

Top Pot Doughnuts, Seattle - Sweet and Savoring

I’m sure you all know by now how much I love doughnuts. I sought out the famous Holy Donut in Portland, Maine, and can’t believe I didn’t do the same in San Francisco, or Harrisburg (but those whoopie pies!), or Burlington.

No use looking back! I’m in Seattle and so of course I had to sample Top Pot Doughnuts. “where patrons could slow down and savor the nostalgia and taste of a secret 1920s doughnut recipe in a gorgeous vintage environment”. Top Pot opened their first location in 2002 and now has seventeen cafes dispersed throughout Seattle and Washington State, plus one in Dallas, TX. 

Top Pot Doughnuts, Seattle - Sweet and Savoring

Top Pot Doughnuts, Seattle - Sweet and Savoring

So far, I have patronized the Downtown shop twice: once in the afternoon when I was greeted with a friendly smile and a sparse doughnut selection, and once in the morning when, I was greeted with several friendly smiles and found myself spoiled for choice.

Top Pot Doughnuts, Seattle - Sweet and Savoring

Top Pot Doughnuts, Seattle - Sweet and Savoring

On Wednesday, I had kind of skipped lunch and only had fifteen minutes before I had to get to my next walking tour (this is the trip of tours!), so I bought both a Boston cream doughnut and a morning glory muffin. Neither disappointed:

Top Pot Doughnuts, Seattle - Sweet and Savoring

Check out that chocolate! It was wonderfully rich and sweet but not too cloying and none of that fake chocolate taste. I also liked the amount of vanilla cream filling; sometimes Boston creams have so much filling that it’s spilling out and making an unholy mess. Thankfully, this was a nice filling-to-dough ratio.

Top Pot Doughnuts, Seattle - Sweet and Savoring

My next visit was Friday morning, when I had to take a minute to narrow down my options. Which flavor? How many doughnuts should I get? I wisely decided that since I am only one person, I would buy one for breakfast and two for snacks later on. Travel is all about planning ahead and having snacks on you at all times, my friends.

I bought a cinnamon sugar old fashioned, an iced raspberry, and a chocolate feather boa. Whoa! So good! Unfortunately, the feather boa was the only one that lasted long enough for a picture. I ate this one last, just after I checked into my hostel here in Fremont.

Top Pot Doughnuts, Seattle - Sweet and Savoring

Top Pot Doughnuts, Seattle - Sweet and Savoring

This treat was the perfect combination of plain doughnut, chocolate icing, and coconut flakes. I hope passers-by weren’t offended by my eyes rolling into the back of my head as I sat on a bench and savored this beauty. They probably understood anyway: Top Pot is a bit of a Seattle institution.

The question remains: will I sample Top Pot again before my trip is over? Time will tell!

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  • Deb March 15, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    Okay, so now I want one of those doughnuts, but the morning glory muffin IS one of my favorite muffin varieties! This post makes me want to visit Seattle, explore Mt. Rainier and environs, and not have to pay attention to sticking to a lower sugar diet….I can dream, can’t I? Enjoy the remainder of your adventure, safe travels!

    • Christy March 18, 2015 at 7:46 pm

      Yes, the muffin was good, too! Just more…healthy tasting, obviously 🙂

  • Rea March 15, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    That seriously looks so yummy! I love doughnuts too. I can see why you’d take your time to choose!
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    • Christy March 18, 2015 at 7:47 pm

      They’re delicious! It was so hard making my decisions, and I did wind up going back a third time, haha.

  • Christie (A Sausage Has Two) March 16, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    That feather boa doughnut is hilarious! I love it. But that dough-to-filling-ratio-photo… that nearly killed me. We’re not huge on doughnuts over in this part of the world and that just looks amazing! Not that I can eat any of them: as you can imagine, a region not big on doughnuts is even less, well, big, on gluten-free ones 🙁

    • Christy March 18, 2015 at 10:44 pm

      I know, I love that name! I can understand how that might be a downside to living in Germany- I wonder if you can make GF doughtnuts with GF flour…?

  • Tamara March 16, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    I certainly hope you will go back before the trip ends! And please take a closeup of a sprinkled one! My favorite!

    • Christy March 18, 2015 at 10:45 pm

      I did go back again and got chocolate with raspberry icing..I didn’t see a sprinkled one close enough to get a good shot :\

  • Dana March 16, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    Yum! I will only eat donuts from places like this – where they are real and delicious. At the beach last summer we found a place called Duck Donuts, and I had one very similar to your feather boa. Mmmmmm…..

    • Christy March 18, 2015 at 10:54 pm

      Loved the feather boa– if there’s coconut involved, I can’t say no!

  • Kelly March 17, 2015 at 6:12 am

    These look so good! I was just thinking…cake donut or fluffier doughy donut. And then I thought…does it matter? Nope. All good. Enjoy one…or a dozen…for me. 🙂
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    • Christy March 18, 2015 at 10:56 pm

      You’re right! I’m not that particular, though I know some people are. I go for the flavors that speak to me! (I ended up eating five altogether throughout the week)

  • Rabia @TheLiebers March 18, 2015 at 10:45 am

    Those look amazing! We’ve got a few doughnut trucks in town that have wonderful options. Thankful, they are a bit out of my way so I don’t outgrow all my pants! LOL
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    • Christy March 18, 2015 at 11:01 pm

      I hear you, Rabia, I felt extra motivated to go for morning runs in the midst of all that doughnut eating!

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