I don't know how long this little place has hidden at the intersection of Eastlake and Lynn. I only noticed it a couple of weeks ago while driving to work (new job, new route). So this morning the wife and I trundled down the hill to check them out. Oh, delight. Some time later we stumbled out of Sophie's in a delirium born of fat, sugar, and caffeine.
Sophie's limits their (her?) morning offerings to fried dough in many forms and coffee, both of which are damned fine. (On weekdays they also offer some soup and such at lunch.) I had an apple fritter, the wife a cinnamon twist seemingly as large as her head. Both pastries used the same dough, with a fine crumb and a pale yellow interior color, somewhat denser than a Krispy Kreme product. The apple fritter had a glossy brown exterior, sugar glazed, with small cubes of apple adrift in the glaze on the rugose pastry surface; the cinnamon twist was less glossy, and dusted with a mild cinnamon sugar. Both were delectable, and together constituted entirely too much breakfast for us, though we had fun trying. Two mondo pastries, two cups of coffee: $4.60.
I was raised in the deep South on KK, and so by the baby-duck rule have accepted it into my heart (and associated nearby arteries...) as The One True Donut. When I moved to Seattle many years ago, I was appalled at the hegemony of horrible donut chain shops out here. I'll now put Sophie's up against any KK.