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Top Pot Doughnuts – A Gem in the Emerald City

By: Laura Sabo  On a recent drive to Seattle, I was pondering the old standbys of eating establishments that I’ve grown to love and where I’d find myself once I arrived in the Emerald City. While eating at these tried-but-true places are highlights I look forward to, I also seek out “new to me” restaurants, specialty food markets, bakeries and bars adding an element of adventure, and sometimes risk, to the journey.

a vast selectionOne block from my hotel, I happened upon Top Pot Doughnuts where I could see the vast array of goods through the window. It was nighttime so I held out until morning. While I like doughnuts as much as the next gal, I told myself to only give in on one of the days. The next morning, in we walked. As I was sinking my teeth into a Frisbee-sized chocolate cake doughnut, I had one of those devil/angel shoulder moments where they argued back and forth about the virtues of doughnuts and whether I should order a second. The angel won, but on the second day’s visit, although I was going to watch my son devour two ginormous cake doughnuts and eat more healthful elsewhere, the devil in me took over and this time I tried the Bavarian crème doughnut accompanied by an Ovaltine latte. Doughnuts and coffee drinks on both occasions were TDF (to die for), even if it does mean a few more laps around the track.

Intrigued by the name Top Pot, I asked at the counter and they told me this story. Two of the co-founders bought a neon sign from a Chinese restaurant named Topspot. After leaving the sign idle for several years, they decided to refurbish the sign but on the way to get it restored, the “S” fell off leaving the words Top Pot.

Guess I’ll happily be adding this to my list of old standbys in Seattle. No risk this time.

+ 5 Seattle locations - online


The Local Vine

 With over 100 wines by the glass, The Local Vine on Second Avenue in Belltown, showcases wines from the Pacific Northwest and California, but also offers a fine selection of wines from around the world. Prices range from $5 to $485 a glass, offering a selection of value picks as well as hard to find wines from smaller producers. They even have wines like Screaming Eagle, Quilceda Creek, Leonetti, Betz, DeLille D2 and Cayuse.

2520 Second Avenue
Seattle, WA
(206) 441-6000


Stumptown Coffee Roasters

With several locations in Seattle, Stumptown has the Northwest covered (also in Portland). Quality is on par with any roasters in the country and true to their website post: “Dedicated to providing the freshest, most unique coffees in the world, roasted by hand in small batches.” They hand select and roast in an “old school”cast-iron German probat machine. Worth seeking out, or order online.

on 12th, Seattle 206-323-1544
on Pine, Seattle 206-329-0115


OTV visits a Pintxo Bar...

Txori (chŏ-e) is a wonderful little pintxo (pin-chŏ) bar located in Belltown, Seattle. Its name means bird, and pintxo is a Basque word meaning “thorn”, thus a small bite or snack (think small tapas). The focus is on San Sebastian style foods prepared with care and authenticity.

Very knowledgeable wait staff. All Spanish wine list, which is quite extensive for the restaurant’s small size, plus a full bar and a great little outdoor patio. Try the empanadillas de patatacalamares en so tinta (stuffed squid - ink - fried bread) or pintxo moruno (braised pork - roasted green peppers). Open late night! - jas

off the vine rating:

food: 17
service: 16
vibe: 16

items priced from $2.75 to $10.50
open 7 days a week from 11 am to 1 am
txori: 2207-2nd avenue - seattle, wa - 206.204.9771
www.txoribar.com view map

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