It’s been long enough since I wrote about doughnuts, so I thought I’d feature a favorite shop—and two particularly awesome doughnuts they make—for this month’s local dessert spotlight.
On the left is their toasted coconut doughnut with yellow cake. Owners Pao and Morokat Lo said it’s one of their most popular, possibly because the coconut is sliced and toasted in the shop. Like a lot of their doughnuts, it isn’t overly sweet. It’s just right. The golden-brown toasted coconut provides a nice contrast in texture to the soft cake of the doughnut.
The other one pictured is their apple cake doughnut. I haven’t seen this particular doughnut offered at any other shop. It makes me think of fall, and applesauce. It’s dense and filling, rather than light and fluffy, and the sweetness is subtle. The texture is somewhat reminiscent of a muffin, but better. I bet it would be great with hot apple cider in the fall and winter.
Add a Valhalla latte and you’re good to go. Valhalla is a beloved roaster in Tacoma. They formerly roasted their coffee in the now-closed Mandolin Cafe on 12th. Their lattes are fantastic.
Pao’s Donuts: 6919 6th Ave., Tacoma
Pao’s Donuts & Coffee Shop
Valhalla Coffee: 3918 6th Ave., Tacoma