There's nothing like cooling off with a sweet, cold treat when it's hot out. Or cold out. Or really, any temperature is good for iced treats, if you ask us. Seattle Southside goes beyond your grandma's scoop shop to offer you icy flavors beyond your expectations. Kakigori Dessert Cafe, for example, elevates their Korean-style shaved ice (called bingsoo) to a whole other Instagrammable level with their flavors and decorations, like cute (and fully edible!) frozen animals that top their treats. And if you'd rather get something warm, dessert waffles are also on offer topped with all kinds of deliciousness. At SomiSomi, a rotating menu of soft serve flavors are served up in a fish-shaped waffle cone (called ah-boong in Korean), or in a cup if you want to skip the cone. And if you want something a bit warmer, their taiyaki (fish-shaped waffles) come filled with sweet fillings (like custard, red bean or nutella) or cheese if you want something savory.
Want something a bit more south of the border? Sweet D'licias in Des Moines specializes in nieves de garrafa, a Mexican sorbet, and raspados, or shaved ice. Whether you go with the expected, like strawberry, or the more exotic tamarind flavor, you'll be cooled off and refreshed. Hooyo's Ice Cream and Cafe has an incredible strawberry cheesecake flavor that'll blow your mind. Plus, you can get ice-cream topped waffles, brownies, and more. And there's more filling fare, like chicken and waffles, on the menu if you have room for dinner after your dessert!
Halo halo is a many-layered dessert from the Philippines that features ice cream, shaved ice, fruit jelly, pudding, and other toppings to make a cool, sweet, textural sensation, and there are a few different places in Seattle Southside you can go to enjoy this Pinoy delight. Max's Restaurant serves their halo halo along with their Filipino classics like sisig, crispy pata, and of course their famous fried chicken at their full service restaurant. For a quick-service experience in Westfield Southcenter Mall, Jollibee's halo halo and fried chicken offerings are a delight, but expect to wait in line - this location is always popular, since it's one of only two locations of the popular Filipino chain in the state of Washington! ChowKing Chinese, also in the mall, has their own halo halo if you're not up for the wait at Jollibee's. Spice Bridge Global Food Hall has rotating options with different restaurants serving out of their space in Tukwila, and when Jolorene's Kitchen is serving, they serve up a halo halo that they call "Mahalo-halo" (Mahalo is hawaiian for "thank you").