Indulge in These Seattle Comfort Foods

Rich and creamy Mac & Cheese Gratin at Belltown Pub. Photo source.

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but a burger is so delightful. And since we’ve nobody to please, give me a plate of macaroni and cheese! This time of year, comfort food is on everybody’s minds due to the harsh cold and bleak gray skies. These spots around Seattle have some seriously delicious and satisfying comfort food dishes that are a must when you need a nourishing pick-me-up.

Ballard Loft | 5105 Ballard Avenue NW | 206-420-2737

Hearty and rich, a bowl of chili is just the thing to fill your belly with something hot and filling. Ballard Loft crafts their chili in house from scratch with beef and sausage. It’s served by the bowl or cup and topped with colby jack cheese and red onion. Grilled bread is provided for some seriously tasty dipping.

Belltown Pub | 2322 1st Avenue | 206-448-6210

Many would agree that Mac ‘n Cheese is one of the most popular dishes categorized as comfort food, and Belltown Pub does an exceptional meal. The eatery’s Mac & Cheese Gratin is comprised of al dente macaroni that’s tossed in a rich and cheesy bechamel sauce, then it’s baked until bubbly and lightly browned on top. Enjoy it with a “Baja” flair by adding grilled chicken and pico de gallo.

Blue Moon Burgers | Multiple Locations

A good craft burger qualifies as a fantastic comfort food, topped with all of the favored ingredients. Blue Moon Burgers delivers a seriously good burger, and if you’re looking for a hit, try The Code Blue. It has two ¼ pound premium beef patties topped with four crispy slices of cherry wood smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, peanut butter, sweet red onions and Blue Moon’s special sauce -- all on a brioche bun.  

Shingletown | 2016 NW Market Street | 206-782-5182

Jumbo Fried Chicken Wings are just a $1 each at Shingletown! These babies are smothered with your choice of three flavorful sauces: buffalo, BBQ or sweet mango habañero. Add celery and carrots with either ranch or bleu cheese dressing to offset the spicy wings with some crisp and fresh veggies.

Sweet Iron Waffles | 1200 3rd Avenue | 206-682-3336

For those who have enjoyed the waffle classics -- Chicken & Waffles and Belgian Waffles -- a visit to Sweet Iron Waffles is necessary to enjoy the next caliber of griddled goodness. You can choose from sweet or savory topping combinations that are comfort food to the core. The waffle with bruleed bananas, salted caramel and whipped cream is particularly crave-worthy.

The Wandering Goose | 403 15th Avenue E | 206-323-9938

Fried chicken is another one of those comfort food classics, and The Wandering Goose is one of the best places in town for Southern comfort favorites. Get the Fried Chicken Plate to maximize your experience with collard greens, coleslaw and a buttermilk biscuit.