Top Pot Doughnuts
Jade has been telling me for months that we have to go and check out Top Pot Doughnuts in Seattle the next time we are there. I was 100% on board with this idea, since living in Portland, we have quite a few doughnut shops around and I love fried dough. I’ve had the opportunity to try quite a few different types of doughnuts, so I consider myself a bit of a doughnut oficianado. Top Pot has grown to have quite the reputation since opening in 2002, and they claim to make “hand forged” doughnuts with a secret 1920’s recipe, so I knew I needed to be prepared when I finally got to try one.
We were staying at Hotel 1000, so we were only 10 blocks away from the nearest Top Pot location. On the second and final day of our trip, I knew that I had to make sure that we made it down there so I could finally try their acclaimed fare. We finally made it to their shop on 5th and Blanchard. The location is absolutely unmistakable with their giant, old fashioned neon sign adorning the top corner of their building. The entire storefront is one enormous pane of windows which allows patrons to see in to both the bottom and top floors. When I walked in the front doors, what I immediately noticed were the two massive walls on either side of the shop stacked from floor to ceiling with books, the stylish and friendly barista/shop keeps, and all of the natural light that pours in from the windows. This felt very familiar and homey, and definitely had the friendly Northwest vibe that we’re so fond of in Portland.
We ordered a Pink Feather Boa (their signature) which is a cake style doughnut that is pink iced and covered with shredded coconut, and the second was a simple Raspberry glazed ring. In addition to our two delectable doughnuts we had a sweet and fruity concoction called a Cherry Blossom which consisted of a shot of cherry syrup, ice, and milk. It was a lot like a frothy, melted milkshake. We sat down and indulged in our sugary treats and took in the place as much as we could. My one regret is not trying their small batch roasted coffee which is another thing they are known for. I suppose that just means we need to go back and spend more time basking in their atmosphere for and extended period of time.