I tried the 'best doughnut chain in America' and found its simplicity is what makes it stand out
- Top Pot Doughnuts is a Seattle-based doughnut chain that was named the best in America by the Daily Meal.
- I tried a latté and a half-dozen doughnuts including the Raspberry Glazed Old Fashioned, the Chocolate Feather Boa, the Maple Glazed Old Fashioned, the Maple Bar, the Bavarian Crème Bismark Filled, and the Lemon Glazed Blueberry Cake.
- The expertly crafted and simpler items blew me away, but some of the more creative doughnuts fell flat.
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Doughnuts are a delicious trap.But the nature of traps is that you are lured into them, and Top Pot Doughnuts is the best chain for delicious traps in Seattle and, according to the Daily Meal, in the US.
AdvertisementOn a recent sojourn to my emerald homeland, I was enticed into a Top Pot Doughnuts location by the smell of fresh coffee and the promise of expertly hand-forged circles of sugary dough.
Here's what I thought:
Top Pot got its name from a sign that the founders rescued from an old, boarded-up Chinese restaurant. The sign read "Topspot," but the "S" fell off during the restoration process and "Top Pot" was born.
Would you like a book with your doughnut and coffee? Top Pot's got you covered. How about a Seattle Seahawks jersey?Advertisement
The staff were friendly and incredibly laidback. Their level of "chill" reminded me that there's no place like home, especially if home is the Emerald City.
Doughnuts are priced by kind or by bulk amount. I chose to purchase a six-pack.Advertisement
But choosing only six doughnuts was a greater challenge than I'd anticipated.
The Feather Boas, which are frosted doughnuts dusted with coconut shavings and other sprinkles, are some of Top Pot's iconic offerings.Advertisement
But Top Pot's heart-stopping, dense, old-fashioned doughnuts are also a claim to fame for the chain.
I walked away from the counter with a Raspberry Glazed Old Fashioned, the Chocolate Feather Boa, the Maple Glazed Old Fashioned, the Maple Bar, the Bavarian Crème Bismark Filled, and the Lemon Glazed Blueberry Cake.Advertisement
The staff seemed excited to show off their latté art skills. The latté was exceptionally creamy with almost savory undertones.
RASPBERRY GLAZED OLD FASHIONED — First on my plate was this crinkly pink belle.Advertisement
The raspberry glaze had a slight crunch to it, as well as a light, fruity flavor.
Inside, the cake was dense, soft, and moist.Advertisement
CHOCOLATE FEATHER BOA — Top Pot is famous for its "boas," which are glazed doughnuts topped with coconut shavings.
The shavings go everywhere if you're not careful. They were generous, and the doughnut was firm, albeit a little dry.Advertisement
The highlight of the Chocolate Feather Boa for me was the chocolate glaze. But if you love coconut, the highlight will be be the coconut.
MAPLE FROSTED OLD FASHIONED — This one was a bugger to pick up. It was heavy with maple glaze.Advertisement
The layer of maple frosting is incredibly thick, and to my astonishment, the maple flavor came through.
But overall this doughnut was just a little too sweet for my liking.Advertisement
MAPLE BAR — The restaurant's staff told me that the Maple Bar is one of Top Pot's most popular items.
It was light and fluffy with a thin layer of maple glaze.Advertisement
This one was well-balanced and pillowy-soft. The soft cushion of fried dough served as the perfect bedding for the crisp and buttery maple frosting.
BAVARIAN CREME FILLED — The Bavarian creme was also a challenge to pick up gracefully. I could feel the weight of the custard cream inside.Advertisement
The dough was soft, the light custard cream was generous, and the chocolate frosting was on point.
But I felt like I could only take two bites out of this beast without sending my blood sugar rocketing up into the great unknown.Advertisement
LEMON GLAZED BLUEBERRY CAKE — This is less of a traditional doughnut and more of a cake in the skin of a doughnut.
The light and fruity lemon glaze was a revelation.Advertisement
But the cake inside didn't quite satisfy. It was much more like bread than its doughnut brethren, and it tasted more like a soft, sweet bagel than a cake.
In this tower of doughnuts, there were highlights and lowlights. My personal favorite was the Maple Bar, while the creative and risky Lemon Glazed Blueberry Cake didn't quite do it for me.Advertisement
Top Pot's doughnuts are strongest when they're masterfully simple, but start to teeter when they're overcomplicated. But that's why Seattleites come to Top Pot. If you want a simple doughnut done right, there's simply nowhere better.
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