Jan 2012

Mighty-O Donuts – Seattle

Mighty-O Donuts - Seattle

On our final morning in Seattle, The Astronomer and I hopped a bus to the quaint neighborhood of Wallingford to visit Mighty-O Donuts. While I’m usually dubious of fried dough with health claims attached to it, I’d heard such positive reviews of Mighty-O’s vegan offerings that I felt compelled to try them for myself.

I mean, if there’s one town in this world that could produce a delicious doughnut without chemicals, preservatives, hydrogenated oils, artificial colors and flavors, genetically modified organisms, or animal-derived ingredients, I would put my money on Seattle.

Mighty-O Donuts - Seattle

Mighty-O has been selling their unique brand of O’s in the Seattle area since the late 1990s and opened this store in 2003. The shop produces over a dozen different varieties of cake doughnuts each day with either a vanilla or chocolate dough and various toppings.

Mighty-O Donuts - Seattle

Oreos are a passion of mine, so I chose the “Cookies and Cream” doughnut ($1.85) with a vanilla base, sweet glaze, and crushed chocolate cookies.

Mighty-O Donuts - Seattle

While I prefer the feathery texture of yeast-risen doughnuts, this cake-based one was perfectly likable. The deep fryer imparted a golden glow and crusty exterior to the doughnut.

The toppings, on the other hand, weren’t as successful. The icing and cookies seemed fine at first, but they left a strong and lingering aftertaste that just wouldn’t quit. It was an ironic twist of fate that a chemical-free doughnut left a chemical-tasting film on our tongues.

Mighty-O Donuts - Seattle

The story was mostly the same with the “French Toast” ($1.65) doughnut. The texture was just fine, but each bite left a most unpleasant something in our mouths.

Mighty-O Donuts - Seattle

With dynamite doughnuts to be had at Top Pot, Frost, and Street Doughnuts, there’s really no reason to seek out Mighty-O’s vegan specimens while in Seattle.

Friends don’t let friends eat bad doughnuts.

Mighty-O Donuts
2110 North 55th Street
Seattle, WA 98103
Phone: 206-547-0335

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9 thoughts on “Mighty-O Donuts – Seattle

  1. Whoa hey there, I haven’t tried those flavors but good to know about the weird chemical tastes. Whole Foods in PDX gets them in the bakery – usually just the chocolate and vanilla ones with reversible glaze. I dig the classic cakey tastes they offer, but still gotta make it to the headquarters one of these days.

  2. terrible donuts! tragic!
    …may i ask what juicy nail polish you have on, though? a delicious color, even if the donuts weren’t!

  3. Sounds like these vegan donuts were exactly as I thought they’d be… I wonder how they compare to Babycakes, if you’ve tried those? Either way, I’m probably going to stick to the real thing.

  4. Darin – I tried the cupcakes from Babycakes years ago in NYC (see post here). I thought they were good ’nuff — no strange aftertaste or anything like that. I am a little curious to try their vegan doughnuts. Maybe the next time I’m at Art Walk!

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