Best Untraditional Donuts In Seattle

May 25, 2016 5:00 AM

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National Doughnut Day is just around the corner on Friday, June 3 and we’ve done the tough work of finding you some of the best Seattle spots to celebrate the day — and — well, every day. So why not head out on a doughnut crawl to some of our local favorites. And be sure to come hungry because you’ll want to try all the varieties of fried dough at General Porpoise, Mighty O, Rodeo and Bar Cotto.
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Mighty O Donuts
2110 N 55th St.
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 547-0335
www.mightyo.com

You’ll find Mighty O Donuts nestled into the lovely Green Lake neighborhood. And while a visit to their pint-sized shop may not be as healthy as a run around the lake, the latter is certain to be more enjoyable. That said, as far as fried doughy treats are concerned you don’t often find a donut that is both organic and vegan and Mighty O delivers on both counts. A look into their cases will have you gazing at a bevy of doughy beauties including French Toast, Lemon Poppy Seed, Raspberry Riot, Cuckoo for Coconut, Nutty Vanilla and seasonal specialties..

Rodeo Donut
2052 N.W. Market St.
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 701-6238
rodeodonut.com

Are rings your thing or do you prefer plump pillows of dough filled with cream? Either way, Rodeo Donut has got you covered. Lucky for you this team of former cupcake bakers decided to turn their attention to fried dough. Head pastry chef, Nicki Kerbs has a knack for pairing their perfect brioche base with glazes made from local ingredients. Depending on the day of the week you visit you may find Ghost Pepper Passion Fruit, Maple Whiskey Bacon, Peanut Butter ‘n’ Sriracha, Blackberry Balsamic Cream Cheese, Rodeo Caviar ‘n’ Cream and Tiramisu just to name a few.

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General Porpoise Doughnuts
1020 E. Union St,
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 900-8770
www.gpdoughnuts.com

Like all the environments James Beard award winner Renee Erickson and her team create, General Porpoise is a beauty. Tucked beside her new oyster bar and contemporary steak house on Capitol Hill, General Porpoise takes donuts to a whole new level. Inspired by a filled doughnut she enjoyed years ago at London’s famed St. John restaurant, Renee set out with pastry chef Clare Gordon to bring her own version of that artistry to Seattle. Her handcrafted doughnuts sell out regularly and after trying one of her Custard Chocolate Marshmallow, Peanut Butter and Grape Jelly, Lemon Curd Lime or Marmalade Orange Creamsicle delights you’ll see why. They pair perfectly with coffee from fine roasters like San Francisco’s De la Paz, Brooklyn-based Toby’s Estate or Portland’s Heart and Dapper & Wise or glass of bubbly,  Go early. Go often. Just go!

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Bar Cotto
1546 15th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122
(206)  838-8081
www.ethanstowellrestaurants.com

Most North Americans think of a donut as a sweet treat but Ethan Stowell’s Bar Cotto introduced Seattleites to the Italian tradition of savory fried dough aka, the torta fritta. This savory fried treat is great on its own but even better when paired with a glass of wine and other light bites. Bar Cotto has a solid charcuterie menu and you can’t go wrong with the chorizo seco, salame gentile, sopressata piccante or finocchiona.  Buon Appetito!

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Jenise Silva is a Seattle based food & travel writer. She penned the financial planning guide Women & Money. The HUNT travel guides for Seattle and Vancouver and is a regular contributor to a number of online publications. Her work can be found at CitySearch, Seattle Refined, TravelSages and Examiner.com.