Foodies planning a fun, family vacation will be surprised to find an array of cuisines and delicious desserts to satisfy every taste. Looking for something sweet, Seattle should be your next stop!
When you think of Seattle what are the first things that come to mind? Coffee, rain, grunge music and the setting of several popular TV shows and movies, perhaps?
That’s what I thought, too, when we visited for the first time 2 years ago.
Unbeknownst to us, Seattle is a city for a family of foodies. You name any type of cuisine – the Emerald City probably has one or several restaurants serving up some stellar grub.If you have a family that loves sweet stuff (what kid doesn’t have a sweet tooth?!), you’ll love what Seattle has to offer. Here’s a few of our family’s favorite sweet treats in Seattle:
1. Top Pot Doughnuts
There’s a doughnut craze in North America right now and Top Pot Doughnuts definitely holds its own in Seattle. There are over 40 different types of hand-forged doughnuts which can be found in 15 shops in the Puget Sound area.
Everything from Apple Fritters and Pumpkin Cake to Maple Bars and Raspberry Glazed doughnuts, it’s hard to pick a favorite let
alone sampling a bit of each flavor in one week (I tried!).
2. Sweet Iron Waffles
If waffles are more your thing, make sure to stop by Sweet Iron Waffles in Downtown Seattle. Diners can choose from sweet or savory toppings – the menu is only 10 items long – and every waffle is guaranteed to be candied with sugar.
Herbed goat cheese, hazelnuts and honey – to die for! Sweet Iron Waffles is small and the line always seems to be out the door so you either have to get there early or take it to go.
3. Mini Donuts at Salty’s
Salty’s at Alki Beach is actually a seafood brunch and buffet spot but the mini donuts that are brought to the table at the beginning of the meal are so light, fluffy and sweet, it’s difficult to stop eating them and make room for the seafood!
4. Shaved Ice at Ding Tai Fung
Known for their steam dumplings, this isn’t usually a place that comes to mind when you’re looking for dessert. We were pleasantly surprised when we ordered Shaved Ice with Assorted Toppings after dinner.
It’s literally ice shavings topped with a slew of stuff – evaporated milk, mango pudding, lychee jelly, taro, red bean and tapioca balls. Shaved Ice is definitely a lighter dessert – not as heavy as baked goods – and one bowl can easily be split among a family of 4-6 people.
5. Molly Moon’s Ice Cream
As we enter ice cream season, I had to include Molly Moon’s on this list. You can find traditional favorites like chocolate and vanilla here but what they’re really known for are their unique flavor combinations – balsamic strawberry, kombucha sorbet, habenero cookie dough and our family’s favorite – honey lavender.
All the ice cream is made with local ingredients and you can stop in for a scoop or two at 6 different locations in Seattle.
Do some of the flavor combinations sound intimidating to you? Don’t worry – visitors are allowed to sample before ordering so you’ll always be getting your money’s worth.
So when you’re in Seattle, make sure you fit in some of these restaurants in between your ride to the top of the Space Needle, your search for the Sleepless in Seattle houseboat and puddle jumping. Your kids won’t be disappointed!
Cheryl is a Canadian mom who documents her family’s travels over at KidsOnAPlane.com. She’s a list maker and frequently annoys her husband and two kids with her pen and paper when they travel together. But they realize the method behind her madness and are always thankful afterwards!