Top Pot Doughnuts

My dentist (in Wedgewood) really has the perfect location: it’s across the street from The Grateful Bread Baking Company (which I’ll try to review sometime soon) and Top Pot Doughnuts.  Top Pot has locations in several neighborhoods, including Queen Anne, Capitol Hill, and Downtown, but I often go to the Wedgewood location because there’s parking (and a dentist nearby).

Top Pot, which has been around since 2002, specializes in gourmet doughnuts that come in two categories: old fashioned or cake doughnut. There are over forty types of doughnuts to choose from, so needless to say I took my sweet time at the counter. Luckily, Top Pot doesn’t believe in rushing it’s customers or blinding them with ugly fluorescent lighting. Instead, their cafes are styled along the pattern of traditional Seattle coffee shops (and the coffee itself measures up!).

I finally chose six flavors (pictured below): Upper row from left to right: Raspberry Old Fashioned, Chocolate Sand Castle Cake Doughnut, Chocolate Glazed Cake Doughnut. Lower row from left to right: Maple Old Fashioned, Cinnamon Cake Doughnut, Plain Old Fashioned.

Overall, I preferred the Old Fashioned over the Cake Doughnuts. They were more moist and crispy, while the Cake Doughnuts were drier and more chewy. Next time I think I would just get Old Fashions.  That being said, my favorites for flavor were the Sandcastle and the Chocolate Glazed.  And, in case you’re wondering, the Sandcastle is a chocolate cake doughnut with granulated sugar covering the outside. It tastes much better than a sandcastle. Don’t ask how I know that.

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