Best of Seattle

People ask me for my top recommendations for desserts in Seattle, so I created this page.  I’ll do my best to keep my “Top Ten” up-to-date.

1.  Cake: Simply Desserts, Fremont.  This beloved dessert shop has cake by the slice as well as whole cakes made to order (call ahead). The atmosphere isn’t much, but your mouth will be happy.

2. Ice Cream: Full Tilt, multiple locations. The waffle cones are fresh, the retro decor is fun, but the best thing is the imaginative flavors (Mango Chili is my latest obsession). The ice cream bars are also pretty special.

3. Doughnuts: Rodeo Donut, multiple locations. A donut shop inside a cupcakery? Yes please. Rodeo makes the glorious Maple Whiskey Bacon donut along with increasingly adventurous (and yet always delicious) flavors – Tamarind and chickpeas, anyone?

4. Pastries: Bakery Nouveau, multiple locations. Nouveau makes Macarons, chocolates, sandwiches, and pizza, and all are good. Their pastries, however, are great. I challenge you to smell this place and NOT try one of each.

5. Pie: Pie Bar, multiple locations. Also a contender for the liquid dessert category for their fabulous “pie-tinis,” Pie Bar runs a cozy Cap Hill bar/bakery/restaurant (they make savory pies too) complete with a walk-up window, just in case you’re walking along and suddenly need pie.

6. Chocolates: Dolcetta, multiple locations. You can find Dolcetta chocolates at various outdoor markets and local shops, and they are well-worth seeking out, especially the dark chocolate pretzel bar.

7. Cookies: Hello Robin, Capitol Hill. They’re known for the Mackles’more but I’m partial to the plain old chocolate chip. They’ll let you build your own ice cream sandwich with Molly Moon’s, and the small but bright space has a welcoming vibe.

8. Dessert for Breakfast: Portage Bay Cafe, multiple locations. Wildly popular but worth the hype. The pancakes are pretty glorious, but the bananas foster French toast will change your life.

9. Liquid Dessert: Lunchbox Lab, multiple locations.  The burgers are good but the milkshakes – especially the boozy ones – are a great way to spend your entire day’s calorie quota. You have to taste them to believe them.

10. All-around best: Hot Cakes, multiple locations. Hot Cakes really has it all – a solid signature standby (yes, that would be the hot cakes), boozy milkshakes and butterbear, and experimental creations that make their Instagram account a must-follow. This is the place to take out-of-town guests if you want to impress them.


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