If you crave those pillowy bites of heaven known as Beignets, haul your sweet tooth to White Center-where two of the city’s best can be found across the street from each other (on 16th Ave SW) at CASH ONLY establishments Meander’s and Mardi Gras Donuts.
While these spots may both be CASH ONLY, that and location are just about all they have in common. With that in mind, let’s choose the CASH ONLY Beignet provider that’s right for you.
9809 16th Ave SW
Meander’s is the greatest breakfast joint in Seattle to boast not one, but two porn shops – and a dispensary – as neighbors. This White Center staple – which I affectionately refer to as the “Butter Palace” – serves steaming mugs of Herkimer Coffee, rocks a bountiful pastry case that will not quit (should the Beignets not fill your daily flour/sugar/ fat quota), has drool-worthy homemade jam, and is one of the consistently best reviewed breakfast spots in town. Follow your Beignet appetizer (3 for $3.75) with the Ballew Plate Special (sautéed seasonal veggies, sweet potato hashbrowns and your choice of breakfast meat or avocado slices $11.25) or just say “fuck all” to reason and order a heapin’ helpin of Biscuits & Gravy that would feed three people for $8.
Meander’s is kid-friendly (with coloring books provided), but can get very busy during prime brunch hours, and breakfast here is home-cooked – it is “not quick” – so be prepared for a leisurely experience.
When we say you get “just the basics” here, we ain’t kiddin’. This no-frills establishment – as in: no coffee, no credit cards, no plates, no tables, no seats – used to house the city’s most delicious no-frills $2 Banh Mi until it was unceremoniously boarded up a couple of years ago. It’s also right next door to a crawfish place, in case you are having full-on Louisiana withdrawals. Your 3 for $2.25 beignets come in a plain white bag and you’ll be handed another bag full of powdered sugar (insert your own White Center/Cocaine joke here) to self-toss your treats.
Their actual donuts are delicious, cheap (.75 a piece, $7.50 per dozen) and come in a box that says “You deserve a Donut”- in case you were feeling guilty about your dining/life choices- making this a great to-go option.