Thanks to mail-in ballots, Election Day in Washington is a little different than many states around the country. The majority of Seattleites have already cast their votes, meaning that November 3 is more about stress eating (and/or drinking) and watching the returns come in. On the sustenance front, the night calls for some comfort food, perhaps paired with a potent, well-crafted cocktail or two — and many restaurants and bars are stepping up in that regard with specials on offer. Here are some highlights, listed in alphabetical order. (And if you do have any last-minute questions about voting today, please consult the official King County Elections website.)
Chef Eric Rivera’s cooking up a special menu for November 3 with a decidedly blue state bent, featuring Biden’s angel hair pomodoro and Harris’s masala dosa at the top of the ticket, with whole roasted chicken, adobo popcorn, and chocolate chip ice cream as well. There are add-ons for drinks, and the options to have the items warmed for pickup.
Cast a vote, get a cookie. Pretty simple concept at Capitol Hill’s new bakery, which specializes in scratching the childhood nostalgia itch, with a range of homemade treats. Online preordering is available, with ballot receipts or a selfie showing proof of voting required for the freebie.
Shoreline’s new Black-owned cafe is a youth-driven nonprofit and a community center with social justice work at the forefront. It ran a voter registration drive during its first weeks of opening in October, and will have extended hours (until 10 p.m.) on Election Day, plus $0.45 off orders for customers who say that they’ve voted 45 out.
It helps to have a little something to take the edge off on Election Day, and this Capitol Hill cocktail destination is here to help. Among the politically-oriented drinks meant to lift one’s spirits are the Democracy Reviver (gin, cocchi americano, cointreau, and absinthe) in red or blue bottles, Not a Conspiracy (gin, byrrh, campari, and chocolate), and the Spin Doctor (cognac, bourbon, crème Yvette, ancho spice, and raspberry).
Greenwood’s beermaking co-op has a robust tap list, outdoor seating on the patio, cans, crowlers, and kegs to go, and a decent offer for those looking to booze it up on Election Day: anybody who shows an “I voted” stub will get $1 off a pint.
This Hawaiian-Korean fusion restaurant family is serving up a whole D.C.-inspired menu of wings at its various locations, with flavors such as salt and vinegar (“Mitch and Nancy”), soaked in Stoli (the “Russian Hoax”), and Filipino adobo (“Flip the House or Senate”). Delivery available via DoorDash and Uber Eats.
The iconic, ubiquitous Seattle pizzeria is still giving out free slices for voters who can track down their registration for vote.wa.gov and capture a photo (those screenshots must be emailed the to firstname.lastname@example.org to redeem the coupon). Though the promotion ends when polls close in King County at 8 p.m. November 3, a rep for the restaurant says “we are happy to count late entries.”
This Pike Place-based tour company that aims to support local businesses has organized an Election Hangover Box, which features Demitri’s bloody mary seasoning, coffee from Urban City, mixes from Honest Biscuits, blackberry honey, and spicy meat sticks. Out of every box sold, $5 will be donated to the youth empowerment organization Rock the Vote, and an alcoholic version of this box is available for local delivery.
Chef Tom Douglas’s new Ballard restaurant has some to-go drinks with punny names, such as Absinthe-Tea Ballot (absinthe and earl grey tea), Poll-omas (tequila and grapefruit juice), and Russian Kahlua-sion (vodka, kahlua, and cream). For those who want to hang around, Douglas himself promises to be on hand slinging cheesesteaks, and TVs will be set up outside tuned to the news channels reporting on returns as they come in.
This charming local sweets shop has promised to give free away cupcakes to the first twelve people who come into one of the four area retail locations with an “I voted” sticker or a ballot box selfie. Options include some civically-minded designs — and plenty of others with snazzy toppings and sprinkles.