Sunday, June 15, 2008

Review of Kittyhugs Baking Company

Sonya has contributed the following review of Kittyhugs Baking Company in the North City area of Shoreline. Thanks Sonya!

Kittyhugs Bakery is an inconspicuous shop located just off 15th in North City; it's so inconspicuous that you've probably driven past it hundreds of times without knowing it was there. It's in the generically ugly building on 179th that houses "Dinner's Ready," and it's hard to spot unless you happen to drive past on a day that Kittyhugs has put their a-board sign out by the street. That's how we found it, and the name and logo were so intriguing that we decided to stop in one Saturday.

As it turns out, we came on one of the best days to visit Kittyhugs, because they're only open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays, and even then, I'm not entirely sure what their hours are. But the lady who welcomed us was friendly and chatted a bit, explaining that they bake breads and pastries for local supermarkets, like Thriftway. She showed us a selection of very tempting baked goods that were available for purchase that day, and while it's now been long enough that the exact names of what we bought have left my memory, I remember that we enjoyed every bite. We felt like we'd stumbled on some secret pastry hoard of treasure there in North City.

You can read a little about Kittyhugs at their website, -- it's a little out of date (the "Specials" section shows a menu from Summer 2007), but you can get an idea of what's offered. Try not to drool on your keyboard as you read it. There's even a section for diabetic alternatives: standard goodies but with Splenda.

You can call Kittyhugs at 206-361-5740 to talk about custom-made yummies, according to the site; it sounds like they'd bake you up a batch of pies or cookies for your next party, though I'm not sure how that would work. The whole coffeecakes on the menu I picked up that day range from $10 to $20, which seems quite reasonable for a custom-made cake. Fancier stuff, like the "Mary Ann cake with Lemon Curd and Blueberries" (don't know what that is, but it sounds good!) runs in the $22 to $35 range. And the selection of gourmet cheesecakes, with flavors like pumpkin, orange brandy, and green tea, are $27.50 for a 9-inch cake. The menu I have may be outdated, since it's been a while since I've been there, but if you call or drop by on a weekend, I'll bet they'll supply you with a new one. And I think, after looking at it again, that I need to stop by next weekend too!

(review contributed by Sonya)

Thanks, Sonya, for the great review! I'll be checking that place out.

By the way, if you look at the
About Us page at their website, you'll learn why the place is named Kittyhugs. You'll also learn about another, much scarier name, that was considered! I'm glad they went with Kittyhugs. That's a sweet name.

Update: I went by Kittyhugs today and learned that they're currently open to the public on Fridays from 3-7 and on Saturdays from 9-2 BUT there will be no weekend sales this coming weekend, June 20 & 21.

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  1. Ha ha! Mystery solved! Sounds fantastic I'll have to swing in sometime!

    Thanks for the awesome review!

  2. Hey, if eating pastries and writing about it is the hardest thing I do today...well, it's been a good day. :)