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Top Pot Doughnuts

2124 5th Ave., Seattle, WA - (206) 728-1966
Posted By M on 6/7/2011 3:56:00 PM
Good donuts, with a decent variety. If you are in the area and like donuts, go here, but be warned that they are not cheap!

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
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An Old Fashioned Chocolate Doughnut is one of a couple of dozen varieties that are available (not counting fritters, bismarks and bars). We think the silky chocolate frosting is sweet harmony for the savory crunch of the doughnut's skin.
"An Old Fashioned Chocolate Doughnut is one of a couple of dozen varieties that are available (not counting fritters, bismarks and bars). We think the silky chocolate frosting is sweet harmony for the savory crunch of the doughnut's skin."
Michael Stern





Crisp, hefty, and full of fruit, the apple fritter is a breakfast unto itself.
"Crisp, hefty, and full of fruit, the apple fritter is a breakfast unto itself."
Michael Stern


Beyond doughnut excellence, the allure of the original Top Pot has a lot to do with its ambiance. Walls lined with books -- some really interesting books, by the way -- and a clean, airy space make it a great place to sit and contemplate just how good a doughnut can be. Contemplation can be abetted by coffee, espresso, and lattes streaked on top in artistic ways.
"Beyond doughnut excellence, the allure of the original Top Pot has a lot to do with its ambiance. Walls lined with books -- some really interesting books, by the way -- and a clean, airy space make it a great place to sit and contemplate just how good a doughnut can be. Contemplation can be abetted by coffee, espresso, and lattes streaked on top in artistic ways. "
Michael Stern


Here's the sign on the Top Pot on 5th Avenue. According to a post card given out inside, the recipe used to make doughnuts comes from the 1920s.
"Here's the sign on the Top Pot on 5th Avenue. According to a post card given out inside, the recipe used to make doughnuts comes from the 1920s."
Michael Stern


We love the gnarled, knobby surface of the old-fashioned doughnuts, this one coated in a sweet sugar glaze. Other old-fashioneds are available with maple, raspberry, cinnamon/sugar and chocolate. And of course you can have one plain.
"We love the gnarled, knobby surface of the old-fashioned doughnuts, this one coated in a sweet sugar glaze. Other old-fashioneds are available with maple, raspberry, cinnamon/sugar and chocolate. And of course you can have one plain."
Michael Stern


The maple glaze is glorious, but the bar it halos is a little too squishy for me. I miss the crisp edges of Top Pot's circular doughnuts and fritters.
"The maple glaze is glorious, but the bar it halos is a little too squishy for me. I miss the crisp edges of Top Pot's circular doughnuts and fritters."
Michael Stern


Glazed old-fashioned doughnuts are sweet, crisp-edged, and moist within.
"Glazed old-fashioned doughnuts are sweet, crisp-edged, and moist within."
Michael Stern


Maple icing is popular all along the northwest coast. Here it crowns an old-fashioned cake donut.
"Maple icing is popular all along the northwest coast. Here it crowns an old-fashioned cake donut."
Michael Stern


I was thrilled when Top Pot introduced a blueberry fritter, but as good as it is, it doesn't have quite the unctuous luxe of the more traditional apple fritter.
"I was thrilled when Top Pot introduced a blueberry fritter, but as good as it is, it doesn't have quite the unctuous luxe of the more traditional apple fritter."
Michael Stern



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