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Sawyer’s version of a Choco Taco, plated.
Choco tacos at Sawyer
Suzi Pratt

Where to Get Grown-up Versions of Childhood Favorites for Takeout in Seattle

Nostalgic comfort food, from choco tacos to PB&J, and beyond

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Choco tacos at Sawyer
| Suzi Pratt

As the weeks wear on during Washington’s stay-at-home order, it’s certainly understandable if some Seattle diners try to seek out the familiar, especially food that recalls fond childhood memories, when binging on junk food came with minimal guilt. Whether looking for treats that will make the whole family happy — or just a little taste of nostalgia in general, here are some options for some comforting classics, with slightly fancy twists. Since services shift often now, call ahead to make sure each restaurant is still open — and if you see any changes, or if there’s a place you’d like to see on the list, send us a tip.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

PB&J at Valhalla Sandwiches

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Spun out from rood truck favorite Now Make Me a Sandwich, the Greenwood restaurant has a decadent menu of popular meaty items. But one of the more underrated options is the peanut butter and blackberry jam sandwich, served on grilled sourdough. Available for takeout or delivery via Grubhub and Uber Eats.

A close up of Valhalla’s peanut butter and jelly sandwich with blackberry jam
Valhalla’s peanut butter and jelly sandwich with blackberry jam
Valhalla Sandwiches [Official Photo]

Pop Tarts at Sod House Bakery

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This five-year-old bakery in Ravenna built a following at farmers markets and serves a variety of treats, including croissants. But the showstopper has always been the shop’s frosted mini pie “Top Tarts” (likely named as such to avoid copyright issues), filled with cinnamon and fruit. Available for pickup and local delivery.

Fruity Pebbles at Watson's Counter

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Ballard’s Korean-influenced brunch and coffee shop serves Instagram-worthy French toast, which has the perfect combination of crunchiness and sweetness thanks to a cereal-coated crust (options include Fruity Pebbles or Frosted Flakes). Open for takeout daily; local delivery available for orders over $50.

Choco Tacos at Sawyer

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Chef Mitch Mayers has built his Ballard restaurant around a playful sensibility, and that carries over into the dessert menu. One of the mainstay dishes, currently still available for takeout, is his twist on a choco taco, which in this case is a S’mores version, with graham waffle cone, peanut butter ice cream, and meringue.

Chicken Nuggets at Chi Mac

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Known mostly for its Korean chicken wings, this U District restaurant (with a new Bellevue outpost) also serves birds in fried popcorn, tender, and bite-sized nugget form. Though the latter is on the kids’ menu, adults can certainly enjoy them as well, breaded with a light touch. Available for takeout or delivery.

Mac ‘n’ Cheese at Beecher's Handmade Cheese

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Hard to go wrong with this Pike Place classic, known as the primary Seattle cheesemonger by which all others are judged. The flagship shop — serving up gooey melted goodness in a cup — had been shut down for a few weeks, but is ramping back up again for takeout with curbside pickup for those who order through the Beecher’s app.

Snickerdoodles at Batch Baking Company

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Capitol Hill’s new bakery specializes in scratching the nostalgia itch, with homemade Oreos, brownies, Nutter Butters, and these variations on the classic, cinnamony after-school snack. Online ordering is available for takeout and delivery.

Tater Tots at Heyday

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As Eater has written recently, tater tots are the perfect quarantine food for home cooks. But they’re not bad for takeout, either. At this Mount Baker burger spot they come served up plump and crispy, with a side of chipotle aioli (there’s a kid’s menu as well, so parents don’t have to share). Available for online preordering with curbside pickup.

PB&J at Valhalla Sandwiches

A close up of Valhalla’s peanut butter and jelly sandwich with blackberry jam
Valhalla’s peanut butter and jelly sandwich with blackberry jam
Valhalla Sandwiches [Official Photo]

Spun out from rood truck favorite Now Make Me a Sandwich, the Greenwood restaurant has a decadent menu of popular meaty items. But one of the more underrated options is the peanut butter and blackberry jam sandwich, served on grilled sourdough. Available for takeout or delivery via Grubhub and Uber Eats.

A close up of Valhalla’s peanut butter and jelly sandwich with blackberry jam
Valhalla’s peanut butter and jelly sandwich with blackberry jam
Valhalla Sandwiches [Official Photo]

Pop Tarts at Sod House Bakery

This five-year-old bakery in Ravenna built a following at farmers markets and serves a variety of treats, including croissants. But the showstopper has always been the shop’s frosted mini pie “Top Tarts” (likely named as such to avoid copyright issues), filled with cinnamon and fruit. Available for pickup and local delivery.

Fruity Pebbles at Watson's Counter

Ballard’s Korean-influenced brunch and coffee shop serves Instagram-worthy French toast, which has the perfect combination of crunchiness and sweetness thanks to a cereal-coated crust (options include Fruity Pebbles or Frosted Flakes). Open for takeout daily; local delivery available for orders over $50.

Choco Tacos at Sawyer

Chef Mitch Mayers has built his Ballard restaurant around a playful sensibility, and that carries over into the dessert menu. One of the mainstay dishes, currently still available for takeout, is his twist on a choco taco, which in this case is a S’mores version, with graham waffle cone, peanut butter ice cream, and meringue.

Chicken Nuggets at Chi Mac

Known mostly for its Korean chicken wings, this U District restaurant (with a new Bellevue outpost) also serves birds in fried popcorn, tender, and bite-sized nugget form. Though the latter is on the kids’ menu, adults can certainly enjoy them as well, breaded with a light touch. Available for takeout or delivery.

Mac ‘n’ Cheese at Beecher's Handmade Cheese

Hard to go wrong with this Pike Place classic, known as the primary Seattle cheesemonger by which all others are judged. The flagship shop — serving up gooey melted goodness in a cup — had been shut down for a few weeks, but is ramping back up again for takeout with curbside pickup for those who order through the Beecher’s app.

Snickerdoodles at Batch Baking Company

Capitol Hill’s new bakery specializes in scratching the nostalgia itch, with homemade Oreos, brownies, Nutter Butters, and these variations on the classic, cinnamony after-school snack. Online ordering is available for takeout and delivery.

Tater Tots at Heyday

As Eater has written recently, tater tots are the perfect quarantine food for home cooks. But they’re not bad for takeout, either. At this Mount Baker burger spot they come served up plump and crispy, with a side of chipotle aioli (there’s a kid’s menu as well, so parents don’t have to share). Available for online preordering with curbside pickup.

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