|Yep, taken right off their website|
I love how donuts have been, and probably will always stay popular, especially here in the Pacific Northwest. The big grocers, have had donuts for decades, apparently most of them get them frozen in the AM, and the “bakers” finish them off in their ovens and set out for us to eat. Sick but true.
My donut experience goes back to three places in my childhood of which I will share one with you here, and the other two spread out over a couple other posts about Pacific NW donuts. (I want you to keep reading…a little trick I learned)
The first is at St. Patrick’s Church in the Spokane, WA where they maintained the “coffee and donuts” social hour in the Parish Hall every Sunday, even when other Catholic churches stopped. Not St. Pat’s though. The poorest church, by far, in Spokane, we could count on there being glorious old fashioned, chocolate ring donuts, maple bars, and my favorite…the apple fritter. Drop a quarter or two in the #10 coffee can with the cut out plastic lid, and you could have 1-2 donuts, a cup of juice or coffee, and a nice visit with some old ladies that were watching us young altar boys, to make sure we were being reverent little Catholics (I confess that I DID get into trouble by such and old lady once for kicking my fellow altar boy right in the middle of the service…oops). Holy Names Hall is where my love affair with donuts started…and since living on the West Side of the state, I have discovered many new, unique donut shops…that I hope instill some sort of connection with the parents and kids like the church social did for me (although no weird old ladies hopefully…old is fine…weird notsomuch). The first such donut shop worth talking about is non other than…Mighty-O.
Mighty-O donuts have been around since the late 1990s and was actually started in a home before they served their first donut at the UW Street Fair. After building a loyal following, they began to expand to serve their donuts at area cafes, coffee shops, and independent grocers, never compromising on their quality, and commitment to their core values. You see Mighty-O is not just a bunch of tasty cakey batter with some sugary goodness on top, but they committed, from the BEGINNING let it be said, to organic, non-chemical ingredients. Their goal, straight out off their site looks like this:
“Our intention was to make an honest living while being mindful of people and respectful of the environment. We weren’t interested in producing anything that would just end up in a landfill or contribute to the pollution piling up in the world. Experiencing the Northwest culture, the burgeoning organic food movement, and sharing thoughts with our friends and community, we were inspired to create an organic donut. We couldn’t find anyone making a donut the way we envisioned. A sweet treat with no chemicals, no genetically modified organisms, and no animal products—something everyone could enjoy. Best of all: people love donuts.”
I have personally taken my sons here on more than one occasion and we have loved EVERY donut we consumed (I especially liked the Good Ol Glazed and the French Toast donut.
So if you are looking for a great, sustainable, neighborhood donut spot to take your kids, or your out-of-town guests too, or for any other reason for that matter, STOP going to the big grocers and head on over to the fresh, and always mighty, Mighty-O. You will feel a strange sort of connection, I assure you, to something deeper than just fried flour and sugar.
Need to find it? Click here for their location, hours and a convenient map.
Michael Smith is the founder and frequent contributor to FoodbeatNW.