Joke all you want about eating your feelings. We survived these past 12 months by the grace of dumplings and doughnuts and an inordinate amount of pasta. Carb-centered dishes comfort us in our valleys, but can push chefs to new creative peaks. Some view pizza crust (or croissant dough, or congee) as a blank canvas, for others it’s a chance to perfect that technique. Especially with a customer base that spent the pandemic acquiring a newfound appreciation for the art of baking. Either way, let us embrace Seattle’s buttery innovations and chewy classics to usher in a new golden era of carbs.

In This Feature:

Seattle's 15 Essential Carb Experiences

Buns or Butter: Seattle's greatest achievements in comfort food include destination dumplings, superlative fries, and hyperdelicate pasta.

03/19/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Take Comfort in Seattle's Upstart Pizza Scene

A vanguard of chefs—from Moon Pizza to Blotto to Dantini and far beyond—have transformed pizza from fallback dinner to prized pursuit.

03/16/2021 By Allecia Vermillion Photography by Amber Fouts

Behold, the Best Doughnuts in Seattle

Sprinkled, glazed, and occasionally topped with bacon: These are the city’s most impressive practitioners of fried dough.

12/31/2020 By Allecia Vermillion Photography by Amber Fouts

The Glory, and the Cronuts, of Temple Pastries

Some truly impressive, very buttery things are happening inside this new Central District bakeshop.

12/17/2020 By Allecia Vermillion Photography by Amber Fouts

Ode to a Scallion Pancake

Go ahead, compare it to heavyweights like pizza and pastries. This comfort superfood holds its own.

03/19/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Umami Kushi's Okazu Pan Rises in Rainier Beach

Harold Fields's savory buns didn’t happen overnight.

03/18/2021 By Allecia Vermillion Photography by Amber Fouts

Wallingford's Secret Congee Gives Comfort Food a Clandestine New Look

Hold the chili crisp—this takeout operation treats rice porridge as a canvas for invention.

03/18/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

The Just-Spicy-Enough Origin Story of Beecher's Mac and Cheese

The Pike Place Market icon built its brand on a dash of spice and a smidgen of schtick.

03/15/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

7 Seattle Noodle Dishes for a Blessedly Carb-Filled Week

Sunday scaries. Weeknight takeout. Seattle’s got a bowl for every mood.

03/17/2021 By Allecia Vermillion Photography by Amber Fouts

Scents from a Mall: The Sticky, Untold Story of Cinnabon

Three decades after its creation in Seattle, the cinnamon roll purveyor maintains a novel sway over our appetites and, thanks to a certain flamboyant, corrupt attorney, some unexpected TV fame.

10/23/2017 By Allecia Vermillion Photography by Kyle Johnson