Polite Society Picks - Seattle Sweets
Photo by Yvonne Chan, for Cafe Pettirosso

Photo by Yvonne Chan, for Cafe Pettirosso


From Halloween to New Year’s, it’s basically sugar season! We asked our staff to name their favorite sweet treat in Seattle, and here’s what we came up with.

Serene: Cafe Besalu in Ballard has the BEEEEST pastries! Just coming within a one block radius of the spot, you can smell the buttery goodness wafting in the air. Love that place!

Tracie: Hiroki. I have honestly not been wowed by another mango mousse cake since I left Davis, CA several years ago. That all changed when I stumbled across Hiroki in the Green Lake neighborhood. Ever since that day, I cannot resist the craving for a sweet slice of heaven from time to time and Hiroki always satisfies that need. 

Dru: When in need of a sweet treat, I default to Frankie & Jo’s Ice Cream in Capitol Hill. Gingered Golden Milk and Salty Caramel Ash on a Waffle Cone! 

Sarah: If I am going to go for dessert, it is almost always in liquid form, and my favorite place to go is Triumph Bar in Queen Anne. Their bartenders are amazing and will always help me find the perfect after-dinner wine, or whip me up a crazy good cocktail. But if you like a more food-based dessert, their salted caramel bread pudding is incredible! 

Yvonne: Bambu makes these delicious Vietnamese dessert drinks and puddings that are filled with all kinds of fruits, jellies, and toppings in coconut milk and they are SO GOOD. My favorite one is called “Fruit Addict”!

Hans: Bakery Nouveau. Delicious. World Class. Will make you fat unless you have super-human self-control - OR - you cross-fit so hard every day that you accidentally pee your pants, - OR -  you have the metabolism of a hummingbird. Maybe all three. 

Desmond: My hands down favorite cupcake in the world is the "Dance Party" (Vanilla buttercream frosting on vanilla buttercake) from Cupcake Royale. 

Chuck: Bakery Nouveau  - they make a pretty good cake and they make a pretty good baguette and I would pick a fresh baguette with butter and salt over any cake, candy or what have you. I think I could live off fresh baguette with butter, oh we were talking about sweets? They make a good cake. It's where I go when I need one. Yes it's what I do.   



Yvonne Chan
Polite Society Picks - Capitol Hill Lunch Spots!
(Photo from  Manao Thai Instagram )

(Polite Society Picks - every month, our staff weighs in a topic such as their favorite places to eat, local happenings, and more!)

This month, we asked our staff what their favorite lunch spot is. In Capitol Hill, there is SO much to eat - and collectively we’ve definitely tried a lot! Some of us got a little more creative with the format of their answer, which is probably a testament to just how tasty their lunch spot is.

Chuck: Café Presse. I don't go here as much as I would like but nothing is better than their Steak Frites, a nice fresh salad and a glass of rosé for lunch, unless you add someone to gossip with and maybe have a second glass of wine... 

Hans: I squeeze my eyes shut
Authentic and so tasty
I'm back in Tokyo

Shelby: I have a bit of a breakfast sandwich problem (as in, addiction), and Café Argento makes my favorite sando on the hill. I know we're talking about favorite lunch spots here, but it's not rare that I hit up Argento on my way to work, order a veggie egg sammie on jalapeño bagel (add hot sauce!) and eat half for breakfast and half for lunch. Two birds, one bagel! 

Sarah: I am a big fan of the laid-back rock n roll vibe at Bimbos Cantina. Thanks to their $7.95 lunch special, I could afford to make my dream of eating vegan tacos every day a reality, plus they have a truly impressive selection of hot sauces (vital in a taco spot) and friendly bartenders that help me with my lunchtime crosswords.

Serene: Bok-a-bok has such great fried chicken sammies! I like the variation in sauces they offer on each one. What’s best is when I can snag items off happy hour while grabbing a drink at The Runaway. 

Tracie: The heavenly aroma fills the air
Nostalgia kicks in 
and so does the caffeine fix 
at Caffe Vita 

Desmond: Manoa Thai. Probably the best Thai place in the city. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu but my favorite is the Phad Grapau with a fried egg.

Yvonne: I’ve definitely told someone before that I would never pay money for a salad, but then Plum opened up Chopped, their low-key hipster salad stand, and now I’m almost all the way through a punch card…

Dru: (He did not respond to our inquiry so we can only assume he hates all lunch foods and Capitol Hill)