Comfort Food

Comfort Food Confessionals

Here’s what experts make at home

First, Trophy Cupcakes; Second, Salt & Staw; Third, Metropolitan Market

Stefanie Ellis

Trap Kitchen Will Make a Brief Seattle Appearance Next Week

Two chefs traded gang life for kitchen life—and now they’re coming to cook for you

Local chef Taylor Cheney was flipping through channels late one night when she stumbled across the sort of Vice documentary made for late-night TV viewing: how a couple of former Compton gang members and self-proclaimed hustlers turned out to run underground L.A. catering sensation Trap Kitchen. The two chefs, Spank and News, make a single…

Chelsea Lin

Sneak Peek: Skillet Goes Brick and Mortar with Its New Capitol Hill Restaurant

Street food comes in from the cold on Capitol Hill

Joshua Henderson opened Skillet, his mobile street food truck, in 2007 after figuring out that he didn’t like working in restaurants. He just wanted to focus on the food: making it good and bringing it to the masses without all the fuss and ritual of creating an “experience.” Now, four years later, after amassing a…

Seattle Mag

Comfort Food: Best Comfort Fried Foods in Seattle

Deep-fried VeggiesYes, we’re making the argument that fruits and veggies—even those batter dipped and fried—still count toward your recommended five to nine a day. And it’s even better when it’s something unexpected, like the fried lemons at Pike Street Fish Fry on Capitol Hill. Here, slices are  batter-dipped, then introduced to a quick bath in…

Lorna Yee

Comfort Food: Seattle’s Best Comfort Desserts

Chocolate Chip CookieMourning the loss of recently closed Madame K’s Pizza Bistro and its skillet deep-dish fresh-from-the-oven chocolate chip cookie? You’ll still find the same indulgent goodness in the Cow Pie at owner Kirsten Burt’s sister restaurant, Lazy K’s Pizza & Pasta in Carnation—where the juxtaposition of hot, chewy cookie and cold vanilla ice cream…

Lorna Yee

Comfort Food: Starch Bombs!

DumplingsThink of the beef bing ($5) at Henry’s Taiwan (two locations: International District and Bellevue) as overgrown pot stickers—same crispy, pan-fried surface, same satisfyingly doughy chew, same savory meat filling as a pot sticker, only double the size. Sound good? Each order comes with two bings, so you can relive the sensation of biting into…

Lorna Yee

Comfort Food: Soups

Need a little hug from the inside? It’s no wonder that soups are a cornerstone of the comfort-food w

Matzo Ball SoupJewish kids grow up with either Bubbie’s chewy “sinkers” or airy “floaters”—the descriptors used for the dumplings in matzo ball soup. Secluded from street view in a West Seattle mall, Eats Market Café has been winning acclaim for its sinkers for years—and deservedly so. A cup of this golden-hued elixir, rich with vegetables…

Lorna Yee

Comfort Food: Noodle Dishes

Smooth, slippery and highly slurpable, these noodles are high on our craveable carbs list.

Pad ThaiThere’s something seductive about the pad thai ($14) at Wallingford favorite May Restaurant & Lounge. It comes artfully arranged on a banana leaf, and the server carefully customizes the noodle dish tableside for you and yours. Craving extra crushed peanuts, a mild bite of chile, a moderate squeeze of lime or an extra spoon…

Seattle Mag

Comfort Food: One Pot Stews, Curries and Porridges

The heady scent of a hearty one-pot stew, slowly stirred and simmered in the kitchen, is one of the

GumboA delicious, hearty gumbo starts with a dark roux. Where Ya At Matt, new to the mobile-food-truck scene, goes it one better by making its own andouille sausage for this classic Creole treat ($8). The recipe hails from chef Matt Lewis’ Aunt Rose, and is a thick, rich, tomato-based stew that sings with the flavors…

Lorna Yee