Food & Drink

Seattle's Best Donut Shops

Published On 02/09/2016 Published On 02/09/2016

It's been over a month since 2016 started, so it’s about time to start breaking your New Year's resolutions, especially if they involve not eating delicious pieces of fried dough from James Beard nominees, a teriyaki shop, and every other spot listed below.

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Daily Dozen Doughnut Company

Downtown

All day long inside a tiny stall in the heart of the always-teeming Pike Place Market miniature rings of dough are plucked from a bath of hot oil by an aging Donut Robot (Mark II!) and served almost immediately, still hot and deliciously greasy. Sure, they only come in four flavors -- plain, tossed in sugar or cinnamon, and chocolate-sprinkled -- but they are so good you'll want at least... wait for it... a dozen!

Top Pot Doughnuts

Top Pot

Downtown (& other locations)

We’d be remiss not to include this critically acclaimed donut slinger: with 17 locations in the greater Seattle area Top Pot is dominating the PNW... and your belly. Our sprinkle-loving hearts rejoice.

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Family Donut Shop

Northgate

Located up in Northgate, this nondescript strip mall donut shop is a mom-and-pop donut haven for crullers and fritters galore. Straight and simple, the donuts here are legit and the selection is vast. Family Donuts also has a location in Lynnwood, should you find yourself in that neck of the woods.

The Original Bakery

The Original Bakery

West Seattle

A couple blocks from the Vashon Ferry dock in South Seattle lies a bakery with donuts so mouthwatering it’s well worth the trek. The Original Bakery’s daily donut selection includes apple fritters, bismarks, maple persians, and much more, but you're there for the specials. Swing by on a Wednesday for French Cruller Wednesday, Friday for applesauce donuts, and Thursday and Saturday for buttermilk donuts so good you’ll want to take one or two for the road.

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Mighty-O Donuts

Ballard (& other locations)

You know the spiel -- these donuts are vegan AND the real deal. Well-loved on a ton of Food Network shows, Mighty-O has three brick-and-mortar locations but its donuts are carried in a lot of cafes about town( like Caffe Vita), so you're never too far from one of the delectables, including a French toast donut, the Cocoloco, lemon poppy, and more.

Legendary Doughnuts

Auburn (& other locations)

Sure, they're in... ugh, Pierce County, but they've got three different donut levels: Amateur, which is a plain donut with frosting; Famous, which includes simpler toppings; and Legendary, which involves things like bacon and, yes, gummy worms & Oreos AT THE SAME TIME.

Frost

Frost

Bellevue (& other locations)

It started as a suburban donut shop before quickly expanding to,,, ugh, Everett, and more recently to uuuuuuuggggghhh, Bellevue. And although the menu includes cupcakes, you're there for the 18 daily flavors of fried dough ranging from classics like the Old Fashioned Glazed to the Butterfinger Blast covered in chocolate and this candy bar you’ve probably heard of.

General Porpoise

General Porpoise

Capitol Hill

One of three new Cap Hill spots (the others are a steakhouse and an oyster bar) from the women behind The Walrus & The Carpenter, The Whale Wins, etc., GP is turning out donuts made with fresh eggs from La Ferme des Anes and filled with handmade jams, jellies, custards, creams in classic flavors, all of which were inspired by the owner's trip to famed London restaurant St. John.

King Donuts

Rainier Valley

It wouldn't matter if the donuts here weren't any good (however, they are great), this unique spot would make the list if only because you can also get some of Seattle's best teriyaki. AND do your laundry.

Hot Revolution Donuts

Hot Revolution Donuts

Various locations
One of the few donut trucks that's still on the streets, this mobile dough house does fresh minis in flavors ranging from maple & bacon, to some flavored with bourbon and other types of booze, which is what you'd have to be drinking to pass on the maple & bacon number.

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Rodeo Donut

Ballard

This former pop-up sells fresh-from-the-frier treats daily until they run out, which they pretty much always do because these brioche-based suckers -- topped with one of a dozen fresh-made glazes and made using local ingredients -- are possibly The Town's best new(-ish) donuts.

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Bradley Foster is former Thrillist editor who is waaaayyyy too familiar with Seattle's donut options.

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1. Daily Dozen Doughnut Co 93 Pike St, Ste 7, Seattle, WA 98101 (Downtown)

Perfectly fried-up and crispy, the mini donuts at Daily Dozen are a famous staple of Pike Place Market and ensure you'll be anything but mini after you've made them part of your morning routine.

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2. Top Pot Doughnuts 2124 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121 (Belltown)

Over 40 different types of donuts await you at Top Pot. Go to town on classics like the Chocolate Old Fashioned, or something called a Feather Boa, which is their signature cake donut dusted with coconut shavings atop a slathering of pink icing.

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3. Family Donut 2100 N Northgate Way, Ste F, Seattle, WA 98133 (Northgate)

Located up in Northgate, this nondescript strip mall donut shop is a mom-and-pop donut haven for crullers and fritters galore. Straight and simple, the donuts here are legit and the selection is vast. Family Donuts also has a location in Lynnwood, should you find yourself in that neck of the woods.

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4. The Original Bakery 9253 45th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98136 (West Seattle)

The Original Bakery’s daily donut selection includes apple fritters, bismarcks, maple persians, and much more. Swing by on a Wednesday for French Cruller Wednesday, Friday for applesauce donuts, and Thursday and Saturday for buttermilk donuts so good you’ll want to take one or two for the road.

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5. Mighty-O Donuts 2110 N 55th St, Seattle, WA 98103 (Wallingford)

Something vegan you'll actually want to eat. Mighty-O slings donuts with flavors like Vanilla Cake Cinnamon Sugar, Lemon Poppy, and French Toast all baked with vegan, organic ingredients.

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6. Legendary Doughnuts 1410 Lake Tapps Parkway East , Auburn, WA 98092 (South Seattle)

Hand-crafted doughnuts made from top-notch, premium ingredients. Feast your eyes -- and probably your mouth too -- on dough-creations topped with Nerds and Cap'n Crunch that are legen...waitforit...dary.

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7. Frost 15217 Main St, Mill Creek, WA 98012 (Bellevue)

We love Frost for many reasons. It is one of the only places in Seattle that you can feel fancy by ordering donuts and wine at the same time. This is a great place to take a date that you really want to impress.

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8. General Porpoise Coffee & Doughnuts 1060 E Union St, Seattle, WA 98122 (Capitol Hill)

Get your sugar fix at this Capitol Hill bakery that specializes in all things doughnut-- frosted, creme, glazed, you name it and General Porpoise has got it.

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9. King Donuts and Teriyaki and Laundromat 9232 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118 (Rainier Beach)

The good folks at Kings have one motto: “Eat the best donuts and teriyaki in town and wash your drawers all under one roof. Don't be a fool!” And how can you argue with a place that lets you do your laundry and chow down on chicken and sugary bites all in once spot?

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10. Rodeo Donut 2052 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107

You won't be able to eat a donut from another place every again once you eat their brioche-based donuts. We will even go so far as to say that some of the best donuts in Seattle are served up at Rodeo Donuts.

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