The Hello Kitty Hungry Hunt Seattle has been attracting ardent Hello Kitty lovers who have been methodically making their way through the city over the last few weeks in order to acquire the exclusive pins offered by seven local restaurants and cafes.
If you haven’t been able to get a hold of all seven pins yet, you still have another two weeks; the Hungry Hunt doesn’t end until March 18. And what kind of goodies can you expect to find paired with your pin? Most are sweet, though a few are savory. Here’s a quick overview.
Hello Robin Cookies (522 19th Ave. E.) This shop is tucked away in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, and even on the first day of the Hunt, the line was not too long. The Hello Kitty foodie item is mostly ice cream (strawberry), topped with a bow-shaped cookie with red icing (it’s Hello Kitty’s bow, you see).
Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream (917 E. Pine St.) Molly Moon’s is in a busier section of Capitol Hill, and draws a lot of people even when there isn’t a Hello Kitty tie-in, so you can expect a bit of a wait here. But the good news is that even if there is a line, a number of those waiting will be getting something else, and not the Hello Kitty Sundae, which has a base of strawberry ice cream. There’s a cherry compote topping along with whipped cream, some rather waxy white chocolate chips, pink sugar, and a Hello Kitty cookie.
Trophy Cupcakes and Party (Pacific Place, parking/concourse level) Get here early. Trophy Cupcakes opens at 10 a.m., and if you arrive later than 9:45 a.m. you’ll likely miss out; all the Hello Kitty cupcakes (and accompanying pins) were gone within 15 minutes. The chocolate cupcake has an especially tasty buttercream frosting, that you’ll hesitate to eat because of Kitty’s picture on top.
Japonessa Sushi Cocina (1400 1st Ave.) You can call your order in, in advance, but there will nonetheless be a wait at this popular establishment as the sushi plate won’t be prepared until you arrive. Be sure you note your place in line; lunchtime crowds are heavy. This is another item almost too cute to eat; spicy tuna sushi (and it’s very spicy!) is topped with a rice bed, shaped like Hello Kitty’s head. You’ll certainly want to take a picture before you dig in!
Gossip Espresso & Tea (651 S. King St.) Gossip is in Seattle’s International District, and handily close to an Uwajimaya Asian food and gift store, where you can also find Hello Kitty items. The line was not too long, but do arrive before the shop opens. The strawberry milk tea is very sweet, and the lychee popping boba in the drink are a lot of fun.
POP Kitchen + Bar (Experience Music Project, Seattle Center campus) POP Kitchen’s Hello Kitty sandwich was tasty, but unimaginative; a grilled cheese and ham offering without any Hello Kitty decoration whatsoever. Oh well. No line — during the week, at least. And as a side benefit, EMP’s currently hosting the “Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty” exhibit. Be sure and check it out.
Pie (3515 Fremont Ave. N.) This shop is in a busy section of Fremont, and draws a lot of people on the weekends. The Hello Kitty pie is a hard, dry, chocolate crust “dish” that holds a dollop of tart lemon raspberry custard, topped with a sugar replica of Hello Kitty’s head.
Further tips: Each shop has a limited supply of pins for each day, so you’ll have a better chance if you get to each place before it opens. You’ll also find far fewer people out during the week than on the weekend.