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Mighty-O Donuts (Seattle)


Cuisine: American
Tofu puffs: 4 out of 5
Price range: $
Time visited: Twice
Location: 2110 North 55th Street (@ Meridian Avenue North)
Hours:  Monday to Friday, 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Contact: 206-547-0335

Mighty O Donuts - OutsideWe, the Vegan Spoonies, like to think that we’re seasoned vegan donut eaters. Truth be told, we’ve eaten donuts from only four establishments since becoming vegan years ago, in addition to donuts and donut holes bought online and home-made donut holes. In our pre-vegan lives, however, we indulged in many of these cake and yeasted confections. We figure that this experience, combined with our discerning vegan tastes, qualifies us to be darn picky about the donuts we’ve had the fortune to gobble up.

We probably don’t have to tell you that Mighty-O Donuts are beloved well outside Seattle’s city limits. This is so much so that we’ve even seen them for sale in a Whole Foods store in Portland (who the heck’s driving these donuts two hours south of Seattle every day?). And the mere mention of them on Twitter elicits pleas from friends to bring some back to Vancouver.

Are they really that good? After all, donut stores or places that sell donuts are not that hard to find. What is it about Mighty-O Donuts that makes it a place we and many others must visit? How about organic donuts that are perfectly moist with a perfect crumb and flavours and frostings that are just right in taste and thickness? These donuts have a denseness that isn’t too heavy, but they’re also not so light that they’re full of air pockets and dried out like the donuts proffered by many less than vegan establishments. Mighty-O’s donuts, unlike those from the equally well-known Voodoo Doughnuts in Portland, aren’t overloaded with frosting or other tasty but over-the-top toppings.

Mighty O Donuts - InsideThe regular Mighty-O menu offers many tempting flavours and three different categories of donuts. They range from the simple cinnamon and sugar donut to fancier flavours, such as raspberry riot and grasshopper (a mint-chocolate creation), as well as cream-stuffed long johns and fritters. They also offer mini donuts in many of the same flavours as the regular donuts. And they always have seasonal specialties, such as the Cookies and Cream donut we tried on our most recent visit (with crush Oreo-like cookies sprinkled on top). The best thing of all is that the donuts are a very reasonable price at less than $2 each. We double dare you to eat just one.

Mighty-O’s coffee is pretty decent too, in addition to being fair trade. While we’re not coffee connoisseurs as much as we are self-proclaimed vegan donut experts, we do know a good cuppa when we sip one. Mighty-O’s coffee is a mighty fine accompaniment to the sweets they offer. If you’re not into coffee, they also offer a good hot chocolate as well as some teas. And they offer rice milk for those who want to avoid soy, which is a pretty rare option where we come from.

Lemon-Poppyseed and Cookies & Cream donuts

Lemon-poppy seed (left) and Cookies & Cream (right)

If you ever were curious about how deep-fried donuts are made, you can watch the donuts being made right in the cafe. Mighty-O uses a nifty little machine that pops o-shaped batter into really hot oil. From there, the donuts float down a short vat of oil where they’re mechanically flipped halfway through cooking. At the end, they travel up a small conveyor belt and topple out onto a cooling tray. It’s really neat to see, especially if you’re all nerdy-like about how the stuff you eat is made.

We have to tell you, though, that the two of us are staunchly divided on our opinions about Mighty-O. While we both love their donuts, one of us thinks they’re the best she’s ever had, the other of us (not the one writing this review) thinks that there’s a bit of room for improvement. According to that hard-to-please Spoonie, the flavour of the donuts is not quite there, whatever that means. That’s why Mighty-O gets four out of five tofu puffs – we just can’t agree on the level of greatness.

Whatever we think, get yourself over to Mighty-O if you have the chance. Despite our spoiled quibbling over its rating, we can promise that their donuts are mighty and will never disappoint.

Cinnamon & Sugar (left) and Raspberry Riot (right)

Cinnamon & Sugar (left) and Raspberry Riot (right)

Raspberry Riot (chocolate; eaten at Porchlight Coffee)

Raspberry Riot (chocolate; eaten at Porchlight Coffee)