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Donuts from Seattle

So. I am originally from Seattle, and I was there last week, coincidentally, for a conference. This being the case, in just 3 short days, I had to pack in a whole trip back home, AND attend a conference, AND get donuts.

Riiight? So much to do.

Boats in Seattle before Donuts

And so many boats.

OK, so it wasn’t that hard:

But I was somewhat limited with regard to where I had time to acquire donuts.

Being at the Convention Center, and wanting to buy them as near as possible time-wise to my flight so I could share them with Duc, I decided to check out the Daily Dozen Doughnut Company, located in a stall at Pike Place Market.

Full disclosure: these are mini donuts.

Fuller disclosure: I actually think this is the perfect size for a donut: (A) they are small so you can eat lots of different flavors without committing yourself to an afternoon of stomach misery, (B) it’s less hard to perfect the dough, because it cooks at a more unified temperature than larger donuts since there’s a smaller volume of dough to penetrate, (C) you can easily cook them fresh to order, and (D) they’re freakin cute.

So I got a dozen of them.

There was a tasty mixture going on. Maple frosted, chocolate frosted, a citrusy glazed one, cinnamon sugar, powdered sugar… they were all tasty.

What I loved about these donuts was their crisp and crusty outer shell, which contrasted a delightfully fluffy, flavorful inside. Again, the size of the donut was key here, as you got to experience all of these textures and flavors together in one bite.

Daily Dozen Doughnut

And I haven’t even told you about the flavor of the dough yet, which I found almost citrusy (Maybe there’s some lemon zest in the dough??? A good idea to try regardless), with a richness that felt buttermilky and smooth.

So. I brought my little brown paper bag all the way to Ithaca to give Duc a taste. And taste he did.

Now, of course he didn’t get to experience the right-out-of-the-donut-robot freshness, but sitting on my porch he could taste the potential. He went to work and with a microwave-toaster combo, recreated the scene.

We both rated the donuts a 4. Some of the donuts weren’t totally fresh and their textures suffered a bit — and normal people don’t get 12 donuts to choose from when they reach their hand into their brown paper donut bag. Amirite??

Now. Do we have any Seattle readers out there? Where should I get donuts from the next time I visit??

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Serre’s — Again!

Remember that time we had two very disappointing experiences with donuts from Syracuse?

First, at Serre’s (here’s a quick refresh):

And then at Harrison’s (sorry, no photo montage available for that one)???

Well, something happened.

We got yeast donuts from Serre’s. Actually, we got ALL the donuts from Serre’s. (The cake ones were still terrible.) But the yeast ones… my, oh my.

They delivered.

So we have to add a second review. We’ll average our scores here with our scores last time, for its official ranking.

Serre’s Yeast Donuts

We start by trying the white-frosted donut. Instantly we are in awe — the texture is amazing.

Serre's Donuts - Yeast Donut

Soft and fluffy, but moist — perfection on the moist scale. Utter perfection. We are floored. Duc is actually speechless.

Laurel gets straight to business and notes that the flavor of the dough isn’t particularly good. It’s fine, but it doesn’t really taste like anything. And the flavor of the frosting is unknown — wouldn’t it be nice if it tasted like more than just sugar? But she loves everything else about it, and gives it a 4.5.

Duc gives it a 5.

Next, we taste the plain glazed — Duc’s favorite.

Serre's Donuts - Yeast Donut

It’s pretty much perfection to Duc. The light crustiness of the exterior matched with the perfectly fluffy and moist-but-light interior — Duc scarfs it down, immediately rating it a 5.

Laurel is equally impressed. She eats her share and (citing the still-existing lack of flavor in the dough) rates it a 4.5.

Finally, we have a chocolate-frosted donut that has a funky little centerpiece — the dough is actually filled in, where the hole perhaps once was. Does this kind of donut have a name? It must.

It’s pretty awesome, too. The chocolate frosting tastes chocolatey, and we are quite satisfied.

The only thing that’s pretty goddamn weird is the huge chunk of white frosting sitting on the strange filled-in piece of dough.

Laurel is just confused.

Serre's Donuts - Yeast Donut

We certainly leave the large majority of that part sitting on our plate. But the rest of the donut is superb, and we eat it with much pleasure.

Laurel rates it a 4, and Duc a 4.5.

…And that’s all she wrote.

Amazing yeast donuts from Serre’s. Average score ends up being a 4.5.

So we average this with the cake donut score (2.5), and Serre’s ends up at 3.5/5. It’s all very interesting.