Rhubarb, also known as the "pie plant," is a quintessentially Northwest ingredient and a harbinger of spring. Here's where to get your fill of the blush-pink, sweet-tart stalks this season, from rhubarb mimosa ice cream to rhubarb doughnuts to savory rhubarb chicken dishes.
Note: Availability may vary. We recommend calling ahead to check to ensure specials are still available—or just take your chances and accept the fact that you may end up with an equally delicious, non-rhubarb option.
The much-loved vegetarian cafe's stunning and unusual nettle cake includes poached rhubarb, house-made ricotta, candied ginger and toasted walnuts. For brunch on the weekends, they also have gluten-free cornmeal waffles topped with roasted rhubarb, rhubarb rose jam, sweet tahini butter, and cardamom walnut crumble.
At her adorable Greenwood bakery, pastry wizard Rachael Coyle has been busy whipping up goods like rhubarb croissants (if you haven't tried one of her croissants, you owe it to yourself to amend this grievance post-haste) and vanilla rhubarb macarons. Her latest creation is a rhubarb Victoria sponge, a proper English cake you may know from The Great British Baking Show featuring yellow cake layered with rhubarb jam and a rhubarb-mascarpone cream.
General Porpoise Doughnuts
Renee Erickson's lovely coffee-and-doughnut shop currently has a seasonal rhubarb flavor, the perfect thing to pair with a cup of coffee on a spring morning.
Autumn Martin's wildly popular molten chocolate cake emporium currently serves a rhubarb bread pudding. They fold the "the brightest pink, zingy organic rhubarb" from Puyallup-based Richter Farms into a vanilla bread pudding, topped with house-made roasted rhubarb jam (made with roasted whole Gaya Farms vanilla beans) and a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and finished with a drizzle of rhubarb syrup.
For a savory take on rhubarb, Jerry Traunfeld's restaurant inspired by Indian flavors and seasonal Pacific Northwest produce makes a dish called Mad Hatcher Chicken with rhubarb, coriander, and corona beans, available as part of their Seattle Restaurant Week menu. While you're there, order yourself a Rhubarbarella, a smoky bourbon cocktail made with smoked rhubarb amaro and dry curacao, and get a strawberry rose panna cotta with roasted rhubarb and sesame crumble (also a Restaurant Week special) for dessert.