6 Must-Try Donuts in Seattle

By Leslie Kelly  |  November 21, 2013
Credit: Mark Klebeck

Whether they're cake or raised, frosted or plain, fancy or old-fashioned or, yes, even vegan, we totally dig these donuts served around Seattle.  

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    There are many reasons to hit Ma'ono for brunch, including the bottomless mimosas. That eye-opener goes fine and dandy with the dynamite malasadas, the island-style donuts with apples tucked inside and a vanilla cream sauce on the side. As they say in Hawaii, these malasadas are da kine.

    4437 California Ave. SW; 206-935-1075

  • There are dozens of different donuts at Top Pot, some rotating in and out seasonally, but the favorites are always in the case. Oh, that chocolate old-fashioned, the maple bar and the pretty feather boa. We'll have one of each.

    2100 Fifth Ave., 206-728-1986 and other locations

  • For under $5, you'll score a bag of mini donuts hot out of the fryer at Daily Dozen, the stand at Pike Place Market that's often got a line at least a couple dozen deep. Choose from plain, powdered sugar, cinnamon or a combo of any of those. You might be surprised at how quickly those 12 tasty morsels disappear.

    93 Pike St., 206-467-7769

  • Torta fritta is the savory donuts at Bar Cotto that's like the greatest vehicle for getting the amazing lineup of charcuterie from the plate to your mouth. It's surprising this winning combo doesn't show up at more watering holes.  

    1546 15th Ave., 206-838-8081

  • At Westernco, an old-school bakery in Ballard, the maple bars do not come adorned with bacon, bells or whistles. But they're squishy soft and not too sweet. And they're cheap - this beauty's about a buck. 

    6538 Fourth Ave. N.W.; 206-763-1155

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    Mighty O donuts are organic, vegan and, most importantly, darned delicious. Especially the coconuty Don King, the lemon poppy seed and the incredible French toast, which was featured on a donut competition on the Food Network a couple of years ago. It took the prize, of course. 


    2110 N. 55th St.; 206-547-0335