Your Guide to Cozy, COVID-Mindful Drinking & Dining in Seattle This Fall: Covered & Heated Patios, Takeout Comfort Food, and More

November 9, 2020
Perch on one of the Adirondack chairs at Renee Erickson's waterfront restaurant Westward beside a roaring fire and admire the view of Lake Union. (Westward)

The drizzly gray Seattle winter is here, and we could all use some soul-warming nourishment to bolster our spirits. Of course, COVID-19 has changed the way we acquire that nourishment, so we've compiled this list of takeout and delivery food specials, like Addo's "Let's Get Hygge" kits, and drinks, like mulled wine at Fiasco and Latona Pub, plus places with dreamy heated and covered patios for socially distanced outdoor dining, so you can get your comfort food fix safely. For even more socially distanced cozy ideas, try our guide to fall cocktails, our directory of heated and covered patios, and our full food and drink guide.


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PICKUP & DELIVERY

Addo
Eric Rivera of the experimental restaurant pop-up Addo is channeling the Danish art of coziness with his new at-home "dining experience," "Let's Get Hygge," perfect for reclining by the fireplace in flannel pajamas and hand-knitted socks. You can choose between several "cozy kits for comfort," including chocolate (hot chocolate, truffles, and chocolate cake), soup and snacks (butternut squash soup, tiramisu, edelweiss cake, and tea), "broth and things" (chicken broth, cheese, Rivera's trademark "mom flan," and ice cream), baked goods (baked pasta with red sauce and meat, brownies, and chocolate chip cookies), and candy (a selection of nostalgic sweets). To really complete the cozy vibes, there's even an accompanying hygge YouTube playlist with relaxing sounds like a crackling fireplace, rain, and "wood cabin ambience." Packages are available for pickup or delivery on November 13 and 27.
Ballard
Pickup or delivery

Biscuit Bitch
This Lizzo-approved "trailer park to table" restaurant is beloved for its homemade biscuits. "Head bitch in charge" Kimmie Spice started her business with the intention of thawing the Seattle freeze, and as you dig into comforting, down-home Southern fare, like the "Hot Mess Bitch" (fluffy biscuits and gravy, eggs, and garlic grits with a grilled Louisiana hot link and sliced jalapeños) or the "Bitchwitch" (a biscuit sandwich with egg, cheddar, and a choice of sausage, Spam, or bacon), you'll surely feel the chill of the city melting away.
Belltown, Pike Place Market
Pickup or delivery

Byen Bakeri
Baked goods and pastries are a key element of hygge, and this bakeshop specializes in Scandinavian sweets like kringles, cinnamon rolls, and Danishes. Pair your treat of choice with a cardamom latte for maximum coziness.
Queen Anne
Pickup

Cafe Hagen
This Copenhagen-inspired cafe in Queen Anne and South Lake Union aims to promote the hygge lifestyle, serving specialty coffee from Hagen Coffee Roasters, as well as family-recipe pastries, brunch, snacks, beer, and wine.
South Lake Union and Queen Anne
Pickup


Champagne Diner
Bryn Lumsden's chic modern diner serves up updated comfort food classics, like grilled cheese,  pan-fried chicken with roasted cauliflower, mashed potatoes, and gravy, and pulled pork barbecue sandwiches.
Interbay
Pickup, delivery, or in-person

The Comfort Zone
This Columbia City soul food restaurant specializes in homestyle Southern dishes like fried catfish, chicken and waffles, shrimp and cheese grits, oxtails and rice, and seafood gumbo.
Columbia City
Pickup or delivery

Dacha Diner
Capitol Hill's Eastern European and Jewish diner is featuring house-made frozen pelmeni (filled with pork and beef) and vareniki (filled with farmer's cheese) to take home and boil whenever the mood strikes. They've also got lots of other quintessential comfort food dishes, like borscht, matzoh ball soup (with chicken or vegetarian options), and of course, their famous khachapuri, a traditional Georgian dish of warm, oozy, cheese-filled bread.
Capitol Hill
Pickup

Delancey
Brandon Pettit's acclaimed wood-fired pizzeria serves long-fermented, Neapolitan-style pizza made with Washington wheat and locally sourced fruits and vegetables, plus chocolate chip cookies with gray sea salt (available baked or as cookie dough).
Ballard
Pickup

Dough Zone Dumpling House
Dough Zone specializes in juicy Chinese dumplings like xiao long bao (tender little meatballs and a puddle of broth encased in a delicate wrapper), q-bao (fat, fluffy-crisp pork buns seared in a pan), and lacy pot stickers. Sides like the tangy fermented green beans and snacky green-onion pancakes complement them nicely.
Various locations
Pickup, delivery, and in-person

Geraldine's Counter
This friendly Columbia City diner is adored for its all day-breakfast and hearty fare like chicken pot pie and "Geraldine's casserole" (made with pork sausage and hash browns).
Columbia City
Pickup or in-person

Hot Cakes
The molten dessert emporium has plenty of warm, gooey sweets to help you brave the winter, like their bread pudding made with sourdough from Grand Central Bakery.
Ballard and Capitol Hill
Pickup, delivery, or in-person


Junebaby
Edouardo Jordan's James Beard Award-winning Southern restaurant invites you to treat yourself to their "holy and cherished" fried chicken, which comes as part of a homestyle supper set each Sunday.
Ravenna
Pickup or delivery

Kamonegi
Chef Mutsuko Soma's acclaimed Japanese restaurant, which was recently featured on the new show Eater's Guide to the World on Hulu, is known for its painstakingly handmade soba noodles. Right now, you can enjoy their takeout specials, including tan tan ramen kits, duck green curry with dipping noodles, and Japanese vegetable curry, in the comfort of your own home.
Wallingford
Pickup

Korean Tofu House
Beloved by University of Washington students, this University District staple offers bibimbap, bubbling cauldrons of kimchi tofu soup, barbecue beef short ribs, hot pot "army stew" (with kimchi, onion, pork, spam, sausage, and rice, with optional ramen noodles and cheese) and other warming dishes.
University District
Pickup, delivery, or in-person

Korochka Tavern
This Russian-themed tavern, which Stranger contributor Meg van Huygen praised for its "cozy, unpretentious chill" in 2019, has Becherovka liqueur hot toddies and bowls of borscht to warm you right up.
Wallingford
Pickup or in-person

Le Pichet
Cafe Presse's downtown sibling has plenty of French favorites, including thick, rich chocolate chaud, Normandy-style moules frites, and their famous roast chicken.
Downtown
Pickup, delivery, or in-person


L'Oursin
The charming bistro has been offering homey, French-inspired takeout specials, like butternut squash soup, baked ziti, and matsutake and butternut squash mac and cheese, in its Marché section, as well as classic American comfort food like smash burgers and fried chicken sandwiches at its pop-up Old Scratch. The restaurant's dining room also reopens for in-person dining this Friday, November 13, serving three-course prix-fixe menus with classic Parisian bistro dishes like French onion soup, boeuf bourguignon, and crème brûlée, Wednesday through Saturday.
Central District
Pickup, delivery, or in-person


Ma'ono
Bethany Jean Clement once wrote of Mark Fuller's Hawaiian-inspired fried chicken joint, "If it's not the best fried chicken you've ever had, you're a very lucky individual. It's burnished brown, with a thick, crunchy crust and lush, flavorful flesh." Currently, only the University Village and West Seattle locations are open.
University Village and West Seattle
Pickup or delivery

Mainstay Provisions
Add a dash of warming spices to any beverage, such as a latte, apple cider, or Americano, with the all-day cafe and specialty market's "winter spice" blend (nutmeg, clove, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, brown sugar, and pink peppercorn).
Phinney Ridge
Pickup

Nielsen's Pastries
In business since 1965, this Queen Anne bakery is known for its curiously named traditional Danish treats, like the "potato" (a pastry puff filled with custard and whipped cream, covered with a layer of marzipan, and dipped in Dutch cocoa powder) and the "snitter" (a sort of flat cinnamon roll).
Queen Anne
Pickup

Ooink
This ramen joint has ramen cooking kits with everything you need to make their signature shio, shoyu, kotteri, mala, and vegetarian ramen soups at home.
Capitol Hill
Pickup

Pho Bac
Pho is a time-tested balm for the Seattle winter blues. The city's OG pho restaurant chain Pho Bac has you covered with several takeout and delivery options, including pre-packed "Pho Cups" for slurping right away, "Pho Later" spreads with noodles, broth, and toppings packed separately for reheating at home, and even "phamily"-style "Phokits" with spring rolls, egg rolls, pho and/or bun bo hue, Hood Famous cheesecake, and an optional bottle of wine.
Various locations
Pickup or delivery

Rachel's Ginger Beer
The spicy-sweet soda purveyor is offering some warming hot toddies. You can also pick up some growlers, heat up some ginger beer, and add your own booze at home.
Various locations
Pickup or in-person

Reckless Noodle House
This bold noodle joint pairs craft cocktails and beer with Vietnamese street food, like ma la braised beef cheek noodles and curry vermicelli noodle bowls.
Central District
Pickup or in-person

Sam Choy's Poke to the Max
The local Hawaiian chain has elevated the surfer favorite Spam to a new level of comfort food with their Spam fries, breaded in panko and served with katsu sauce.
Various locations
Pickup or delivery

Secret Congee
The menu at this recently opened takeout congee shop features comforting rice porridge with toppings like miso roasted kabocha squash, blue crab, and braised pork belly, as well as organic soy milk (served hot or cold). The spot also focuses on using organic meat and sustainable seafood.
Wallingford
Pickup

Serious TakeOut
On Thursday, November 12, chef Anh (“Annie”) Dao Elmore of Tom Douglas's Serious TakeOut is having a "warm up pop-up" filled with foods intended to warm you up from within, including her signature "gigantic" pork, lap cheong and jicama wontons in an aromatic beef pho broth, pork and vegetable egg rolls, and a combo with wonton soup and egg rolls. Through November 15, she's also preparing dinner boxes with lemongrass beef spring rolls with nuoc nam dipping sauce, fried dill turmeric fish cakes, pates chauds (savory Vietnamese pork pastries), toasted rice and shrimp salad, pho with beef and star anise meatballs and beef ribs, and jelly rolls with pumpkin and Chinese five-spice.
Ballard
Pickup

Seven Stars Pepper
Rich Smith writes, "Other Seattleites typically reach for pho if they want a big warm bowl of something, but when I require comestible comfort and nutrition, I seek the dan dan." He goes on to praise the hand-shaved dan dan noodles at Seven Stars as his favorite bowl in town: "In the morning, the cooks make a big block of dough and then hack hunks off of it with a kitchen knife. The resulting noodle is long, thick, and ragged. The thickness offers the comfort of a steamed dumpling, and the shape makes the noodle more receptive to the sauce—which is my other favorite part of the dish. Seven Stars goes with a very peanuty sauce, to which they add chili oil, Szechuan peppercorn oil, soy, garlic, cabbage, and green onion."
Chinatown-International District
Pickup or delivery

Skillet
This diner-inspired restaurant got its start as a food truck and specializes in "riveting comfort food," like fried chicken sandwiches, pork belly and cornmeal waffles, bacon jam burgers, and enormous cinnamon rolls.
Capitol Hill
Pickup, delivery, or in-person

Soi
This restaurant specializing in the bold flavors of the Northeastern Isaan region of Thailand delivers pure comfort with dishes like congee with fried crullers and their signature khao soi curry noodle soup.
Capitol Hill and Kirkland
Pickup, delivery, or in-person

Spinasse
The Italian restaurant's famed pasta and wine combo, with two dishes of pasta plus a bottle of wine, is back as a takeout option, and now you can get it any night of the week. It's available for $65 ($75 with premium wine), or for $45 ($55 with premium wine) at sibling Artusi, which has a different menu (menus cannot be mixed and matched).
Capitol Hill
Pickup

The Wandering Goose
This Southern breakfast and lunch spot has earned legions of fans for its homey fare, including flaky biscuits, buttermilk fried chicken, and pimento mac and cheese.
Capitol Hill
Pickup

Watson's Counter
Jordan Michelman writes, "This is a specialty coffee shop (with Anchorhead as house roaster) that serves both an exemplary chocolate orange mocha and drip coffee alongside profoundly satisfying dishes like cereal-crusted french toast, hand-cut french fries with housemade gochujang, churros dusted in black sesame, fried chicken and waffles, a KBBQ pork plate, and habit-forming fried and battered 'Chicken Chonks' tossed in honey butter. A place that serves decent coffee with great food, or vice versa, isn’t necessarily hard to find; a place that serves a demonstrably great offering of both coffee and food is a balancing act of the highest order, and rare as hen’s teeth. It is enormously hard to pull off both food and coffee quality and maintain this level consistently, and Watson’s Counter does one of the best versions of it I’ve found in the Pacific Northwest."
Ballard
Pickup or delivery

The Whale Wins
The Seattle Restaurant Week meal at Renee Erickson's Wallingford restaurant is an upscale take on a nostalgic delight: wood-fired grilled cheese with Gruyere pimento on Pullman bread from Ben's Bread, Georgia sweet squash soup, and a tahini butter chocolate chip cookie.
Wallingford
Pickup

COVERED & HEATED PATIOS

Ba Bar
When you need a bowlful of something hot and fortifying, head to Ba Bar for Vietnamese street food like pho and bún bò Huế. The South Lake Union location is currently closed, but the Capitol Hill and University District locations are open for takeout, delivery, and dine-in, and the University Village location has patio seating.
Capitol Hill and University District
Pickup, delivery, and in-person

Bottlehouse
The elegant wine bar and shop is leaning into French comfort food this November with rich, cheesy French onion soup, which they suggest pairing with their Marco Sara Cab Franc. If you're looking to dine in, they've also got two covered and heated patios, including their clear covered "greenhouse" patio and their outdoor "winegarden."
Central District
Pickup or in-person

Brimmer & Heeltap
Every Sunday, join the charming Ballard gastropub for a "raclette dinner" they promise will "warm you up from the inside out," with turmeric-ginger tea followed by a "smorgasbord" of snacks like warm cheeses, cured meats, pickles, bread, fruit, and small cooked potatoes. There's also a special beverage menu with a selection of hot drinks to soothe your soul. An open-air heated patio is available, as well as limited indoor dining, and advanced reservations are required.
Ballard
In-person

The Butcher's Table
This modern steakhouse and butcher shop has added a new outdoor patio dining area in their parking lot, complete with string lights and white linen tablecloths. If you're really looking to go all in on comfort food, they've added a new line of luxe Wagyu beef burgers, including their gloriously messy mac and cheese burger made with Beecher's flagship cheddar, a Hen of the Woods mushroom burger, a sweet pepper and potato chip burger, and a "three-alarm" hot link burger. 
Belltown
Pickup, delivery, or in-person

Cafe Pettirosso
The longtime Capitol Hill establishment will revive you with dishes like their Beecher's grilled cheese and tomato soup or their secret family recipe vegan mac and cheese. They've also added extended outdoor street dining.
Capitol Hill
Pickup, delivery, or in-person

Cafe Presse
Enjoy oozy ribbons of raw milk mountain cheese from the French alps with Cafe Presse's raclette savoyarde, which is melted in a skillet and served with steamed yellow potatoes, cornichons, pickled onions, two kinds of ham, and dried sausages. There's also a vegetarian-friendly version served with sliced winter pears, apples and walnuts. In addition to indoor dining, the café has outdoor dining on their deck and in their recently added sidewalk café. And if you're looking to recreate the French bistro experience at home, they also have bake-at-home kits for their famed gratin Lyonnais (French onion soup), complete with onion soup, country bread croutons, and (most importantly) plenty of grated Comté cheese for melting and broiling on top. 
Capitol Hill
Pickup, delivery, or in-person

Canlis
Seattle's premier fine-dining restaurant, which has been constantly adapting and evolving to stay ahead of the curve with COVID-friendly programming like Canlis Community College, will host a "yurt village" in its parking lot and will feature a four-course prix-fixe menu of yurt-inspired "pandemic comfort food," including a classic family-style melted raclette course, a choice of appetizer and entrees, and "desserts deserving of a winter yurt extravaganza." There will also be craft cocktails and full wine service. The tasting menu costs $145 per person and will be available from December 3 through January.
Queen Anne

The Dane
A recipe for instant hygge: throw on some voluminous knitwear and cozy up with the Scandinavian cafe's Autumn Sweater cocktail, which features apple cider and bourbon with spices and whipped cream. They're currently offering outdoor covered seating only, so they encourage you to embrace "friluftsliv" (the Nordic concept of open-air living).
Ballard
Pickup or in-person

Dumpling Tzar
Tuck into a bowl of Russian dumplings at this local spot, which recently added outdoor dining at its Fremont location.
Capitol Hill or Fremont
Pickup, delivery, or in-person

Eden Hill Provisions
Eden Hill's more low-key sibling has set up tents with string lights, the perfect setting for enjoying one of their luxe burgers.
Queen Anne
Pickup or in-person

Fiasco
Wrap up in one of the blankets available for purchase and sip some mulled wine while warming your bones by the Wallingford bar's outdoor fire pit.
Wallingford
In-person

Harry's Fine Foods
Running out of date night ideas? Grab a pasta meal for two from the Capitol Hill bistro, with mixed winter greens, cavatelli pasta with your choice of sauce (pomodoro, beef bolognese, or smoked salmon ragu), and a bottle of wine (white, red, rosé, or Prosecco). If you miss stuffing yourself with carbs before the main course at restaurants, add on some grilled bread with butter and house preserves. There are also plenty of other soul-soothing specials available for takeout or for dine-in on the restaurant's covered patio, including heirloom tomato soup, squash puree soup, posole, and short ribs with creamy polenta.
Capitol Hill
Pickup or in-person

Hotel Sorrento
Settle in with some chocolate fondue and s'more-making accoutrements at the historic Hotel Sorrento's celestial Star Garden, a star-shaped tent festooned with romantic string lights.
Capitol Hill
In-person

Latona Pub
Cozy up with a steaming mug of mulled wine from the Green Lake watering hole, available for takeout or outdoor patio dining.
Green Lake
Pickup or in-person

Maximilien
The intimate French bistro offers plastic weatherproof Igloos (or as they call it, "Le Igloo") for protection from the elements as well as prime rooftop views of the Seattle skyline. While the igloos are not heated, they do act as a "greenhouse" to keep guests warm, and bigger parties will generate more heat. Still, Maximilien recommends bundling up, just in case. The menu includes comforting dishes like raclette burgers, cassoulet, and duck confit. From December 1-14, they're also currently featuring three versions of their most popular dish, moules marinières, made with Penn Cove mussels: the classic preparation with wine, shallots, and butter, as well as a “Provençales” variation with bacon and tomatoes and a “Roquefort” variation with beer, Roquefort, and cream. The menu comes with a green salad, fries, and bread and butter and is available by reservation in the Igloos.
Downtown
Pickup, in-person, or delivery

Peddler Brewing
BYOB (bring your own blanket) and snuggle up on the Ballard brewery's beer garden patio with their Hygge Spiced Tripel, available on tap and in cans with a festive Fair Isle knit design.
Ballard
Pickup or in-person

Mioposto
Rich Smith writes, "No serious conversation about comfort food can be had without a discussion of yolk lava," and cites Mioposto's egg-topped dishes, the Egg and Pancetta pizza and the Baker (milled tomatoes, caramelized onions, Italian sausage, a little mozzarella cheese, and two eggs cracked on top, with baked pizza dough for dipping), as two of his recommendations for "sun-starved Seattleites." They've also got other exemplary non-yolk-lava pies, like the autumnal Zucca Balsamica (butternut squash, caramelized onion, and balsamic) and the Clam Bake (white clam sauce, olive oil, and pancetta). Outdoor seating is available at all four locations, and the Mercer Island one even has a heated patio with blankets available for purchase (or you can bring your own).
Various locations
Pickup, delivery, or in-person

Musang
Each Wednesday, Melissa Miranda's celebrated Filipinx restaurant serves "Lola Bing's roast beef," a comforting dish inspired by a recipe from Miranda's grandmother, with roasted beef, cream of mushroom, and roasted vegetables and celery. Enjoy it on their covered patio, which has special Musang blankets for sale for maximum coziness. 
Beacon Hill
Pickup or in-person

San Fermo
This restaurant in Ballard has several seating options, including covered and heated tables on their quaint patio and porch, three indoor dining spaces with socially distanced tables, and even two heated sidewalk cafe domes to protect you from the elements and allow you to dine outdoors safely. Their dinner menu (which changes frequently) features seasonally inspired Italian comforts like braised short ribs, risotto, saffron spaghetti bolognese, and bucatini alla carbonara.
Ballard
Pickup, delivery, or in-person

Skal Beer Hall
This Viking-influenced Scandinavian beer hall, named for the Norwegian word for "cheers," features craft beer, wine, cider, mead, and specialty cocktails. Relax on their outdoor patio with a beverage like the "The Garden of Idunn" (apple cider, Hardware Distillery cardamom aquavit, and orange.)
Ballard
Pickup or in-person

Stampede Cocktail Club
This atmospheric Fremont lounge has an outdoor patio with glowing lanterns, dumplings from the Greenwood favorite Little Ting's, and creative craft cocktails.
Fremont
In-person

Super Six
The Hawaiian-Asian restaurant's pork belly musubi is a suitable consolation for not being able to go on an island vacation. They also have a tent for outdoor dining.
Columbia City
Pickup, delivery, or in-person

Union Saloon
The beloved Wallingford neighborhood bar is always a good bet for comfort food, and their Italian wedding soup is no exception. They've also added a cozy wooden covered patio for outdoor dining.
Wallingford
Pickup or in-person

Vif
Fremont's cafe/restaurant/natural wine shop is ideal for wholesome, nourishing fare any time of day. They've been offering specials like pinto and collard greens soup and kuri squash mac and cheese to-go or for limited outdoor seating on their patio.
Fremont
Pickup or in-person

Westward
Perch on one of the Adirondack chairs at Renee Erickson's waterfront restaurant beside a roaring fire and admire the view of Lake Union. If you want a warm beverage to ward off the chill, try one of their new heated cocktails, including the "Chevy to the Levy" (a hot toddy with rye, Brovo Boomerang liqueur, and lemon juice), "I Believe in Miracles" (Mata Hari absinthe, hot cocoa, and creme de menthe whipped cream), and the "Edge of Seventeen" (mezcal, creme de cassis, allspice, and hot apple cider).
Wallingford
Pickup or in-person