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Best of Seattle for Kids and Families: Family Food and Dining

 Family Food + Dining

Let’s face it: Who doesn’t love to linger over a glass of rose during a cozy candlelit supper? OK, you won’t be doing much of that while lunching or dining with those rambunctious kiddies. But restaurants can be fun and family-friendly, if not serene and romantic. Here are some of your favorite treats and eats and all-around beloved kitchen escapes:

Stuffed CakesTreat Shop

Readers absolutely adore Stuffed Cakes, the West Seattle shop conceived by a local mom and designer specializing in “small cakes packed with personality.” These pops of goodness, stuffed with delectables like fruit, candies or caramel sauce, range from minis to 10-inch cakes for sharing. New flavor combos are always afoot, and this is your stop for something supremely unique. Our readers say: “Incredible creative ideas for the top of cupcakes!”; “Freshest and prettiest cakes!”; and “Are you kidding? If you haven’t tried it yet, go there. Seriously. You’re missing out.” And if you’re at a loss for the right theme or design, don’t worry, its staff can help you out. (It has gluten-free and vegan options, too!)

Whether you’ve got a birthday party on tap or just need a fun place to refuel, Cupcake Royale is a local favorite. Gluten-free goodies sweeten the deal and its “Sprinkle Your Own Parties” are always a hit. Cupcake Royale also has a mobile cupcake party cart for events in need of a little cupcake love, in addition to its six locations in Seattle and Bellevue. Says one reader: “‘Wow’ factor is way up there.”

Small cupcakes for kids, which look as great as the big ones. Trophy Cupcakes has a devoted following of families that know these aren’t just desserts; they are palm-size, luscious works of edible art. Using only the finest ingredients, such as Valrhona cocoa powder, local rBGH-free dairy products, free-range eggs and pure Madagascar Bourbon vanilla, Trophy (locations in Wallingford, Bellevue, U Village and downtown Seattle) is known for quality in design and taste, with plenty of unique and yummy (and party-ready) flavors.

Readers also gave big cheers for Flying Apron, Seattle’s 100 percent gluten-free and vegan bakery (“Lots of gluten-free yummies!”); PinkaBella Cupcakes (“I like to say it!”); and Playdate Café (“Their treats are yummy, locally sourced and not full of garbage”).

Molly Moon's Homemade Ice CreamBest Ice Cream and Yogurt Shops

Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream Shop
Fans rave:
Well-sourced ingredients, best salted caramel and hot fudge on the planet...Kids and grown-ups love it! Vegan ice cream, large, shareable portions...


Full Tilt Ice CreamYummy ice cream and arcade — who can ask for more? Family-friendly, fun atmosphere. A wide variety of flavors, including vegan.

Menchie’s Frozen YogurtAwesome fro-yo, fun for the family to pick and choose how to customize dessert! Low-fat, kosher, always new flavors, what's not to love?

Peaks Frozen CustardDelish!!  Great frozen custard and coffee and homemade cakes!

ZoëyogurtGreat vibe/location and they always have peanut butter flavor! Good yogurt and compostable bowls and spoons.

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