Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday (February 28), is when everyone enjoys the last hurrah of eating sugary things before fasting for Lent starts. Traditionalists celebrate by eating king cake—often a ring-shaped, pastry-like cake topped with icing and purple, green and gold sugar—in honor of the three kings from the East. A king cake often comes with a tiny plastic baby Jesus inside—so chew carefully. Tradition says that if you get the slice with Jesus, you’ll have luck all year. Here’s where to get your Fat Tuesday fill.
» Where Ya At Matt, a flavorful New Orleans–style food truck, offers slices of king cake. Check out the website to see where Matt will be next. Mobile truck; whereyaatmatt.com
» Get a slice or a whole cake at Bakery Nouveau. Multiple locations; 206.858.6957; bakerynouveau.com
» King cake at Sugar Bakery and Café comes with flavor options: bourbon pecan or vanilla cream cheese. First Hill, 1014 Madison St.; 206.749.4105; sugarbakerycafe.com
» Find galette des rois (France’s king cake), at Amandine Bakeshop. Some pieces may have a royal surprise hidden inside. By tradition, the finder is dubbed king or queen and wears the crown that garnishes the cake. Capitol Hill, 1424 11th Ave.; 206.948.2097; amandineseattle.com