News broke recently that world-famous, Seattle-based doughnut maker Top Pot is expanding to Dallas this spring. This adds another notch in the city's budding doughnut fascination, which includes a handful of classic spots and newer, sleeker models like Hypnotic and Glazed Donut Works.
Top Pot will plop down in a 1,300-square-foot store this spring at the corner of Hillcrest Road and Northwest Highway. This is their first store outside of the Puget Sound area. Co-founder Mark Klebeck told the Seattle Times he chose Dallas because they have friends and family here, and they sense a "strong rapport" with visitors from the Dallas area.
Here's what you should know:
1. First of all, despite the new law in Washington that legalizes marijuana for recreational use, the name Top Pot has nothing to do that. The name was going to be TopSpot, but one windy day the "s" got blown off their old Chinese food restaurant sign en route to their first store. They went with it.
2. If you bought a doughnut at a Starbucks between 2005 and 2011, it was most likely a Top Pot doughnut.
3. "Hand forged" is a big term with these cake-like old-fashioned doughnuts, which have received a lot of national attention from the Travel Channel and The Food Network.
4. These kids are huge Seahawks fans. They keep blue and green sprinkle makers in business. Once Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate broke into a Top Pot that was in his building at 3 a.m. for a maple bar fix. The owners renamed the pastry after him.
5. You know Austin is pissed that we got Seattle doughnuts before they did, but that's what they get for killing SXSW with Pitbull.
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