The bacon-studded maple bar is in the bakery case of the newly opened Legendary Doughnuts in Frederickson, the community sandwiched between Spanaway and South Hill.
So is the Coastie, the savory-sweet doughnut filled with bacon and English coastal cheddar, and the mini maple frosted doughnut coated in bacon crumbles.
Yes, the bakery seriously has a thing for bacon.
It also has a thing for expansion.
The Friday opening of the Frederickson Legendary Doughnuts marked the fifth bakery debut in six years.
The first opened in 2010 in Lakeland Hills. A Tacoma bakery followed in 2012, then Covington in 2014. Last month, a Federal Way bakery opened.
The bakeries are owned by Shannon Patten, who operates the company with husband Ken Patten, who has kept his day job working as a Sumner police officer (insert cop and doughnut joke here).
Shannon Patten also holds a second job as a representative for a cheese company.
Fans will find all their favorites at the Frederickson location, which is about the size of the Tacoma bakery.
Those favorites include the shimmery pink-frosted Tinkerbell and the doughnut-croissant mashup called the “doughsant.” The Polar Panini, the bakery’s ice cream-filled doughnut sandwich, also is served at the bakery.
Also available are coffee and espresso, made with coffee from Caffé D’arte. The new doughnut shop seats fewer than 20 at a bar and three tables.
I liken the bakery to a soccer mom’s interpretation of Voodoo Doughnuts, Portland’s slightly more sassy novelty doughnut bakery. At Legendary Doughnuts, the pastries are piled with frosting, stuffed with unusual flavor combinations (see: bacon and cheddar) and are sometimes named after celebrities and historical figures. Doughnuts range from $1.59 for a straightforward doughnut to $2.69 for the fancier versions.
The Frederickson outpost is in the Canyon Crossings Shopping Center, which is home to several offshoot restaurants from locally grown companies, including the Thai restaurant Ayothaya and Farrelli’s Wood Fire Pizza.
Lakeland Hills: 1410 Lake Tapps Parkway E, Auburn; 253-736-0036.
Tacoma: 2602 Sixth Ave., Tacoma; 253-327-1327.
Frederickson: 5604 176th St. E. Puyallup; 253-271-7174
Other locations: Covington and Federal Way.