Fresh, ripe, in-season berries rank among the most ambrosial foods you can eat. Luckily, Seattle restaurants and bakeries are currently dreaming up dishes showcasing their sweetness, from strawberry shortcake to ice cream to pastries. We've rounded them up below so you can get your fill of plump, juicy fruit during the all-too-short berry season. For more delicious things to eat and drink, check out our list of June food and drink specials, our complete food and drink calendar, or our restaurant listings.
The ever-popular bakery has concocted a sweet-tart Blueberry Limoncello Tart, a lemon chiffon cake brushed with limoncello syrup and layered with blueberry mousse and lemon cream. They're also offering a Blackberry Mousse with Vanilla Panna Cotta.
Pastry chef Rachael Coyle's adorable Greenwood bakery recently featured a very proper British dessert, a strawberry Victoria sponge layered with house-made jam and fresh local berries, on their Instagram.
Several of the popular cupcakery's seasonal flavors incorporate berries: Blackberry Mascarpone, a coconut cupcake with blackberry mascarpone frosting and topped with toasted coconut and smashed blackberry; Strawberry Shortcake, a vanilla cupcake filled with strawberry compote, swirled with whipped strawberry cream cheese frosting, and topped with graham cracker streusel and sprinkles; and Washington Blueberry Lemonade, a blueberry vanilla cupcake made with Washington blueberries and topped with lemon frosting and a blueberry.
Frankie & Jo’s
A far cry from the Pepto Bismol pink-tinted dairy beverage of your youth, the natural plant-based ice creamery's "Harvey Strawberry Milk" flavor, which pays homage to the famed gay rights activist and civil rights leader, starts with a coconut base blended with local Hayton Farms strawberries and contains a sprinkle of chia seeds and a swirl of house-made strawberry jam. Three percent of all sales from scoops and pints of the flavor sold in June will be donated to the Harvey Milk Foundation.
General Porpoise Doughnuts
Renee Erickson's doughnut shop has been stuffing their pillowy, heavenly doughnuts with super-seasonal fillings like Strawberries and Cream and Blueberry Peach Jam (which we saw on the menu in the background of this Instagram post, because we're that committed to providing you up-to-the-minute berry news).
As part of their summer menu, Kari Brunson's decadent dessert emporium will serve a strawberry shake with whipped cream, vanilla ice cream, and house-made organic strawberry syrup; a strawberry shortcake with whipped cream, biscuits, and Hayton Farms organic strawberries; a strawberry pie cake with pie crust crumble, strawberry pie filling, dark chocolate decadence cake, and vanilla ice cream; and a strawberry margarita with a slushy, granita-like texture.
Molly Moon’s Ice Cream
The local ice cream parlor currently offers a refreshing dairy-free, vegan Strawberry Rhubarb Sorbet. In addition, their limited-time Seattle Summer Sundae, designed by students in a culinary class at Franklin High School, consists of sweet cream ice cream, hot fudge, blueberry compote, and cinnamon shortbread, topped with house-made whipped cream and a Chukar cherry.
In addition to their permanent Very Strawberry flavor, the frosty-pop purveyor has three seasonal flavors featuring strawberries: Strawberries and Cream, Strawberry Lemonade, and Strawberry Banana.
Shug’s Soda Fountain
The old-timey soda shoppe is offering a special ice cream sammy with a copious amount of local Lopez Island blueberry ice cream sandwiched between two Delicately Sweet Confections cookies.
The gourmet cupcake bakery's June flavor of the the month is Strawberry Cheesecake, featuring "strawberry cake on top of a graham cracker crust, topped off with cream cheese buttercream, strawberry preserves, freeze dried strawberries and a touch of edible glitter," and will be available every day this month.
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