Top Pot in Wedgewood

There I was, driving dutifully down an unfamiliar road, heading my way to a yoga class. My schedule shifted today, so I unexpectedly found myself in Wedgwood near noon. I rarely go near Wedgwood. I’m lucky if I dip my toe into Ravenna. It’s nothing personal. It’s just that I live in Queen Anne and work in Capitol Hill. LIke the rest of us, I run my little rut every day. Sometimes, though, it just feels good to drive somewhere else.

Apologies to those of you who live there, but Wedgwood seemed sweet and a little run-down to me. Not gleaming like the showcase parts of Seattle. Instead, squat and authentic. A real neighborhood. I was ogling the shimmering autumn trees and the small houses when I drove down 35th. And lo and behold, what did I see?

DSCN3780Top Pot in Wedgewood

Top Pot doughnuts in Wedgwood.

Now, I have spent a fair amount of time in the spacious Top Pot doughnuts on 5th Avenue, reading and writing and admiring the view out the enormous windows. And I had sat with a friend on the Top Pot on Summit for many an hour, laughing so hard that the milk in our coffees threatened to come out of our noses. I like both the spaces. But mostly, I liked the doughnuts.

Pink feather boas. Sandcastles. Chocolate on chocolate. And the ever-alluring plain cake. These doughnuts beat greasy old Krispy Kreme any time.

Sadly, I can no longer eat them, due to nasty old celiac disease. But a girl can still dream. And when I drove by Top Pot doughnuts today, I knew I needed to check it out, after class.

Strangely, this one feels more like an old-fashioned drive-through than the urban oases of confection of the original Top Pots. There’s a giant doughnut mounted on a pole, with palm trees behind it. (Palm trees?) A patio area for children to run through. And the words written on the pavement, directing traffic, have the angular cursive of the Top Pot motto. Weird.

Inside, it’s still the same. The doughnuts called to me, hauntingly. But I ordered a cup of coffee. And talked to some of the employees about the possibility of gluten-free doughnuts. I’m on a campaign now. I’m going to persuade Top Pot to make them. Then again, they are already the heavyweight of Seattle. If they made doughnuts for those of us who can’t eat wheat, they’d be poised to take over the world.

3 Comments so far

  1. TonyD (unregistered) on October 15th, 2005 @ 10:01 am

    It’s good to see the donut making inroads to Seattle. Five years ago there were barely any donut places in town, and only one all-nighter that I knew about. Those of us who grew up in donut-friendly lands have truly missed out donut fix (for the record, the best donut place in the world is still the Canadian Tim Horton’s chain).

  2. dw (unregistered) on October 15th, 2005 @ 11:05 am

    Anyone else think that the donut on top of the carport the building looks like Stan Mikita’s Donut Shop?

  3. Nick Allred (unregistered) on December 12th, 2005 @ 3:24 pm

    how much do they cost?

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