It's really difficult to find good Southern food in Seattle, and it's almost impossible to find good Southern desserts. Not too many places outside of New Orleans know how to make the taste buds water for king cake or the heart melt over a praline. Those desperately craving these delicacies see only one solution: booking a flight down South and stuffing your face with beignets. But before you spend a dime to increase your waistline, check out five soulful desserts right here in Seattle that can satisfy that Southern sweet tooth:
These delectable little deep-fried pieces of heaven are some of the best in the Northwest. One of the most delicious pastries the gods could have invented, the beignets at Where Ya At Matt will get anyone addicted to sweets. Topped with more powered sugar than you know what to do with, your only option is to shake the bag and spread that goodness around until every inch of that beignet is covered. Don't forget to shake between bites. Don't want to waste any!
Sweet-Potato Pie from Willie's Taste of Soul (3427 Rainier Ave. S., 722-3229).
Flaky crust, smooth middle--the perfect combination to make the best sweet-potato pie this side of the Mississippi. For many, sweet-potato pie is a family reunion or barbecue staple that only makes an appearance a few times a year. But if you just can't wait until then, don't fret. Willie's can hook you up with a great fix until Thanksgiving rolls around again.
Bananas Foster from Marcela's Creole Cookery (106 James St., 223-0042).
Made at your table, flames and all, this is one high-class dessert that can't be beat. After the owner of Marcela's--yes, the owner comes out to make you this dessert himself--caramelizes the bananas in banana liqueur, he shoots a couple flames in the air and proceeds to smother scoops of ice cream with his smooth, rich concoction. For those who love warm bananas and cold ice cream, this treat is yours for the taking.
Bread Pudding from Marcela's Creole Cookery
Honestly, you can't just have one dessert at Marcela's. So while your friend orders the bananas foster, you pull Anthony, the co-owner, aside and request the bread pudding. Now we know that sounds like a normal dessert, but trust us. you won't be disappointed. Made with a whiskey sauce, this treat will seriously melt in your mouth, and you will be scraping the bottom of the dish, lapping up the last bits. It's OK. We won't judge.
Lemon Pound Cake from Louisiana Grill & Deli (1106 23rd Ave., 325-0350).
From the looks of the exterior, you wouldn't think this place was anything special, but believe us, they've got a lemon pound cake that could blow your grandmother's out of the water! Served in individual plastic to-go containers, the desserts are the first thing you see when you walk in the door. Deciding between them and their pecan pie can be difficult, but you can always go back the next day.