I don’t know about you, but it’s been a millennium since I’ve experienced the sweet, sweet heavenly taste of a beignet.
I clearly remember the first time I tasted a beignet. My mom had taken me down to Seattle from Bellingham for a gals shopping trip when I was in high school and we stopped at Tom Douglas’ Lola, which to this day is still one of my favorites of all time.
They had their own take on a beignet - brought out hot off the press, shaken in the bag with cinnamon and sugar, and served with the most incredible compote and mascarpone. I don’t know what exactly was happening in my mouth but I was transported to a light and fluffy place. Like I was on some sort of donut... cloud?
I lost myself a little bit there. I digress!
Last week while scrolling the 'gram, I saw that a beignet place had opened in West Seattle earlier this year and it got my wheels turning. Where in the heck can you get beignets in Seattle? Lola serves their own take, but where in the world (err, Seattle) can you find those little pillows of heaven? So I did some digging. I got on the phone. Pulled a few strings, you know - wheeled and dealed and came up with this list that I’m about to bless your scrolling fingers with. Here lies a guide to beignets in Seattle.
Please note that unfortunately, a lot of places in Seattle are temporarily closed due to COVID and have stopped serving beignets for pickup items as they don't travel well.
I hope you are transported to the French Quarter while eating your way through the city!
Jet City Beignet opened up early this year in West Seattle by the coolest looking couple, Greg and Tiffany. Because of COVID, the couple has had to pivot a bit - selling their sweets on Saturday and Sunday mornings at a little pop-up over by the Alaska Junction. Created from a lack of beignet places in Seattle and their love of New Orleans cuisine and baking, Jet City Beignet was born. Rumor has it that there is a secret ingredient that Greg picked up while living in Finland that makes those suckers so delicious...
Be sure to place your order for beignets by Friday nights at 8 p.m. and choose your coffee and jams.
4611 36th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98126
Toulouse in Queen Anne is definitely a hot spot known for its Cajun and Creole cuisine (and my personal favorite beverage in maybe all of the city - those espresso martinis). They are currently open for takeaway and dine-in as well, but as always, the beignets never come off the menu. Order these bad boys served with powdered sugar and a side of their chicory coffee anglaise.
601 Queen Anne Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
We have profiled Where Ya At Matt before on Refined and it was an absolute hit once that food came into the office. Another Seattle eatery bringing that New Orleans soul to the Emerald City! Where Ya At Matt is a traveling food truck that pops up all over the Seattle area. Be sure to check out their Facebook page before you head out in search of these outstanding beignets. And if you're in the mood for something savory, the menu is stacked with Po'Boys, Shrimp and Grits and Gumbo.
Another favorite in the Refined office, Umami Kushi, is an interesting and delightful fusion between NOLA and Japanese cuisine. They are known for the pans (pronounced pons) and their menu of sweet and savory items. They are currently not open for dine-in but you can order online for delivery or pick up. Be sure to order 24 hours in advance because they are experiencing high requests. Beignets are only available on Saturdays and by the dozen. They are served either in their classic or seasonal flavor. Get 'em while they are hot!