With the recent announcement that Hood Famous Bakeshop is expanding to the International District, we’ve got a serious craving for ube, a type of yam with a purple hue so vibrant it would make Prince jealous, frequently used in Filipino cuisine. Below, we've rounded up some sweet spots around town where you can get your fix of the brilliant tuber (like Central District Ice Cream and the original Hood Famous Bakeshop, of course). For more things to eat and drink, try our list of specials to try this March and food and drink calendar.
Big Boys Kainan
This Hawaiian-Filipino fusion restaurant, which also has a food truck, offers a waffle dessert topped with ube sauce, a scoop of ube ice cream, and traditional halo halo (shaved ice) toppings like red bean and nata de coco on its restaurant menu. They also make malasadas (Portuguese doughnuts dusted with sugar) filled with ube custard, also with toppings.
Central District Ice Cream
In the past, the Central District ice cream shop known for its bold, Filipino-inspired flavors has featured an ice cream tribute to Hood Famous Bakeshop's famous ube cheesecake. Right now, they have a swirled ube and strawberry flavor available through the end of March.
Despi Delite Bakery
This classic Filipino bakery in Beacon Hill sells bright purple ube cake, ube bread, and even ube doughnuts and cinnamon rolls.
Full Tilt Ice Cream
Ube is a popular flavor at this combination ice cream shop-pinball arcade.
Hood Famous Bakeshop and Hood Famous Cafe & Bar
This raved-about Ballard bakery started a cult following with their ube cheesecake, cookies, tarts, and other Filipino-inspired treats. Their new location in the International District, which soft-opened on Monday, March 4, has a cafe and bar with fan-favorite sweets.
Ballard and International District
On the weekends, this downtown diner, which serves a mix of Filipino favorites alongside American breakfast classics, serves striking purple ube pancakes draped with luscious ube coconut milk sauce.
This Taiwanese milk tea and dessert shop offers plenty of novel ube confections worthy of Instagram, including ube raindrop cakes, ice cream, macaron ice cream sandwiches, and bubble waffles.
South Lake Union
Red Ribbon Bakeshop
This Filipino bakery chain with a location in Southcenter Mall carries treats like their famous "ube overload" cake with ube chiffon cake layered with white cream cream and Philippine ube halaya (ube jam); an ube chiffonn ube chiffon mousse cake with ube chiffon cake topped with ube halaya, ube mousse, and white cream; ube coconut rolls (an ube chiffon cake filled with cream and macapuno strings topped with ube crumbs and coconut flakes); ube brazo de Mercedes (meringue rolled with ube halaya); and ube mamon (a soft sponge cake).
At this Georgetown dessert shop owned by Darren McGill and Kryse Martin-McGill of Central District Ice Cream, Happy Grillmore, and Nate's Wings and Waffles, you can get stunning ube soft serve (with toppings like rainbow sprinkles and Fruity Pebbles), and sometimes other ube sweets, like ube Rice Krispy treats and a rotating variety of ube doughnuts.