Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Top Pot is Muy Yum

Today after school I went to Top Pot in downtown Bellevue (locations in Seattle) and it was muy yum (get it?)!

On decor of restaurant, I give it a 3. It was very plain and the colors were dark and depressing like red, black, and gray. There were wood tables and an entire wall filled with old books. You can't actually read the books so it is sort of weird. There is an open kitchen but the wall is so high that you can't actually see into the kitchen. They played music that I have never heard before. My mom said that it is called "trans" music. It made me tired. It is a huge space with lots of seating options.

On friendliness of staff towards kids, I give it a 4. All of the staff members smiled and they were all wearing cool hats like fedoras and berets. I don't know if that was a coincidence or part of the uniform. They also used cool modern expressions, like "no prob." They seemed happy to work there, but it is a doughnut shop, so who wouldn't be?

On service speed, I give it a 4. The lady took out the doughnut with tongs and placed it on a plate. She gave it to me right away.

On taste of food, I give it a 5!!!! I ordered a Raspberry Bismark. I don't know why it is called that. Was it invented in North Dakota? It is a powdered doughnut with raspberry filling. The powder was really powdery and got everywhere as I ate the doughnut. By the end, it was on the chair, on the table, on the floor, in my hair, and all over my face. The napkin smeared it and made it worse. The doughnut itself was very fluffy and moist. Inside, there was A LOT of filling that tasted like sweet and thick jelly. When I took a bite, the jelly inside tried to plop on my plate. The texture of the dense jelly and the light doughnut made every bite pure heaven. Check out the inside...

On appearance of food, I give it a 3. It was a pretty average looking doughnut. It looked really white because of the powdered sugar. It looked like it was bleeding because of the jelly coming out of the hole where they squirted it in. The doughnut was served a boring Ikea plate which is weird because they sold adorable Top Pot plates. Why don't they serve the doughnuts on their own plates?

On price, I give it a 2. The prices range from .99 to $2.49. They prices are above average but then again the doughnuts are designer doughnuts. This is not the grocery store!

The final score is 21/30. Top Pot makes great doughuts, but the store has more of an adult vibe. It didn't seem very kiddy. The other people there were all adults and they were all drinking coffee. All of the doughnuts are handmade in small batches, so that makes them special. They had lots of different kinds of doughnuts with cool names like Feather Boa (coconut on top), Valley Girl Lemon, and Chocolate Sand Castle. The doughnut didn't make my tummy hurt like they do sometimes from other places. They did make me feel tired and lazy, or maybe that was the trans music! I consider Top Pot doughnuts to be more of a hangout spot for grown ups. If your parents want to go to a place to hangout, tell them to go here. At least they have doughnuts!

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  1. Great review Emily! It made me hungry for a good old fashion Maple Bar... :) Nom nom nom...

  2. I don't understand this part of your post: "[the donuts]did make me feel tired and lazy..."

    You say that like it is a bad thing. But isn't that half the point of eating donuts? So you feel tired and lazy and sort of depressed in like a "why did I just do that to myself" kind of way? I love that feeling.