Top Pot Doughnuts
Seattle Tourist Attractions--Seattle Coffee Houses
2124 5th Avenue, Downtown
Top Pot has five other locations around Seattle
Co-founder Mark Klebeck with Top Pot's Delicious Offerings (photo courtesy of Top Pot Doughnuts)
An Interview with Mark Klebeck, Co-founder of Top Pot Doughnuts
I recently had the pleasure of meeting with Mark Klebeck, one of Top Pot's co-founders, to discuss the history of Top Pot Doughnuts. The co-founders had a vision that started with one coffee shop and has grown into a local chain of coffee shops that purvey outstanding doughnuts.
World's Best Doughnuts
The World's Best Doughnuts (photo courtesy of Top Pot Doughnuts)
I am featuring Top Pot Doughnuts because it not only serves great coffee but it has the world's best donuts. Period. Case closed. End of competition. They taste like they are half butter because they absolutely melt in your mouth. Forget the calories (do not go to their website and see how many calories are in each donut). Just order a donut, tell yourself that this is a fabulous treat, eat it slowly and savor every last bite of this culinary slice of heaven.
They advertise their pastries as "hand-forged" and they really are. No two are exactly alike.
Their doughnuts have been featured on Travel Channel's Donut Paradise show (click here to see replay).
Their website has a photo of the types of donuts and pastries they sell with a description of the varieties of each type. (click here to see the website page)
Mark said that some of their most popular offerings are the old-fashioned glazed, and their apple fritters.
A few of Top Pot's culinary delights are:
- Old-fashioned Glazed (the Maple Icing is simply scrumptious)
- Apple Fritter (wonderful--takes you to pastry heaven)
- Pink Feather Boa (this is really a doughnut)
- Pumpkin Cake
- Chocolate Old-fashioned
- Raspberry Chocolate Cake (these are magnificent)
- Marionberry Fritter
- Raspberry Ring
- Cherry Blossom
Their Unique Stores
Because they had a background in construction, the brothers have supervised the construction of all of their stores. One of their stores' unique features is the beautiful woodwork. The brothers have personally done all of the woodwork in the stores.
Mark said that they strive to blend the old with the new in their stores and they like to restore old buildings to become their coffee houses. Their flagship 5th Avenue location was originally a 1950's building housing a business that made oil burners. Their Wedgwood location was an old gas station.
The recycling of the old and the new started with their famous sign that adorns their lovely Capitol Hill location. The brothers had originally purchased this sign and it sat outside gathering dust, rain, and apparently a few resident raccoons until they decided to open their first store.
Growth of the Business
The Klebeck brothers have successfully grown the business from the Capitol Hill location's opening in 2002. Mark said that they now have six retail locations with over 150 employees. They are an official vendor of the Seattle Seahawks and the Seattle Sounders.
Top Pot also has a wholesale business that supplies doughnuts to many of the Seattle area coffee houses including Starbucks.
Jessica and Jackie Presenting Top Pot's Pastries at the Downtown Store
I have talked with several of the Top Pot employees. One thing that really strikes you is that all of their employees smile and exude happiness. Their service is always fast and gracious.
President Obama at Top Pot
A few weeks before I met with Mark, the Fifth Avenue store had a most celebrated customer--President Obama. The President ate one of Top Pot's delicious Pumpkin Old-Fashioned Doughnuts. (click here to see the photo).
Interior of the Downtown Location
The Top Pot flagship store is on Fifth Avenue downtown. This is a really beautiful setting. A recycled old neon sign flashes tirelessly in front. This two-story coffee house is really airy and has a dramatic storefront with tall glass windows and the Klebeck brothers' woodwork . It looks and feels really comfortable and has an understated elegance. After dark, from the street, the store looks like the Seattle version of Edward Hopper's Nighthawks.
The staff told me that on an average Friday, they sell between 200 and 300 dozen donuts to Seattle's starving masses. That is a lot of butter and smiling faces.
Top Pot Index of Locations
|Capitol Hill||609 Summit Avenue East|
|Downtown||2124 Fifth Avenue|
|Queen Anne||325 West Galer|
|Bellevue||10600 NE 9th Place|
|Mill Creek||15311 Main Street, Mill Creek|
|Wedgwood||6855 35th Avenue|
Please click here to go to our web page for the Top Pot Capitol Hill location
Please click here for more location information at the Top Pot official web site.
Please click here to go to our general web page for all of the Seattle Coffee Houses
TripAdvisor Customer Reviews of Top Pot Doughnuts
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