Need an excuse to seek out some of Seattle’s tastiest treats with your sidekick? Got a Hello Kitty fanatic? Then it’s time to put the Hello Kitty Hungry Hunt on your family’s adventure menu pronto! There’s only a few weeks left to tackle this foodie challenge and collect as many pins as you can. Let the kitty games begin!

Hello Kitty Hungry Hunt Seattle Trophy Cupcakes & Party

photo: courtesy of Sanrio

How it Works
The Hello Kitty Hungry Hunt is an easy citywide quest to take with your mini me. All you need is an appetite and some time to seek and find the lucky seven restaurants participating (Psst… read on for the list). Then order up the special Hello Kitty-themed menu item and enjoy! The matching collectible pin is part of the package and each venue has its own. So you can collect just a few or find all seven. (And remember it’s one pin per person at most places.) When you’ve finally completed your search, share your progress and connect with other Kitty lovers using the hashtag #HelloKittyHungryHunt.

PIE hello kitty hunt fb

photo: PIE’s Facebook page

Where to Get Them
At lunchtime famished families can find the purr-fect icon and her adorable collectibles at Japonessa Sushi Cocina downtown. To celebrate the Queen of Cute, the sushi chefs are rolling out a spicy tuna roll topped with a bed of rice that looks exactly like Miss Kitty herself. Or try a Hello Kitty sandwich at the POP Kitchen + Bar on the first floor of the EMP. Then, wash it all down with some strawberry milk tea topped with lychee popping boba at Gossip Espresso & Tea.

Gossip espresso bubble tea hello kitty fb

photo: Gossip Espresso & Tea’s Facebook page

No super sweet search would be complete without dessert. Share the bounty with your kiddos or let everyone partake in the ice cream, pie, cookies and cupcakes that make up this lip-smackingly good part of the hunt. At the Trophy Cupcakes’ Pacific Place location, families will find an artfully applied Hello Kitty sitting atop the traditional chocolate with vanilla buttercream cupcake. Or if pie is your weakness, hit PIE’s Fremont location. Here, Hello Kitty (and a little whip cream) graces the top of a lemon raspberry custard tucked into a chocolate crust. Then, if you still have room in your tummy, ice cream and cookies are battling for your Kitty affection at Molly Moon’s Capitol Hill location and Hello Robin. Both have sundaes, cookies and gobs of glorious ice cream that will end up all over your Little’s face, as it should. Yum!

Hello Kitty Hungry Hunt Seattle sanrio pic

photo: courtesy of Sanrio

Tips and Tricks
Hunting down these coveted pins can be as challenging as getting your kiddo to sleep through the night. Sure, it’s hard work up front, but it’s so worth it in the end. Each venue has a limited number to give away each day. And they go fast, like toddler escape artist fast. But these hints should help you start (or finish) your collection.

1. Get there early! As the saying goes… the early bird gets the worm. Apparently they get Hello Kitty pins, too. We’ve heard everything from within 15 minutes to a few hours after opening as the sell-out rate, so plan to take your early risers to the restaurant about 30 minutes before they open. That should get you in under the wire

2. Try a weekday. Although many venues have more pins allotted for weekend giveaways (around 50), most mentioned weekdays as the best time to go for a pin. Make it a before school (or daycare) drop-off stop to maximize your chances

3. Don’t give up. Just because you missed a pin one day doesn’t mean you can’t try again another. You’ve got until March 18th to finish your collection! Psst… view the menu items, pins and restaurant map online.

Hello Kitty Hungry Hunt Seattle Hello Robin Sanrio pic

photo: courtesy of Sanrio

Explore More
Be sure to pair your food odyssey with a trip to EMP to check out Hello! Exploring the Super Cute World of Hello Kitty. Whether you start your journey here or finish it up with a Hello Kitty sandwich at POP Kitchen + Bar, consider wandering the exhibit as the amuse-bouche portion of your day. Mini Kitty fans and their parent-sized counterparts will find an intro to the world of Hello Kitty across from If VI was IX (that’s official speak for the guitar tower). From there, head upstairs to explore the rest of this pink and bubbly adorable world. They’ve got everything from Hello Kitty kitchen kitsch to giant Egyptian art featuring the queen of cute herself, to every day items sure to trigger that nostalgic flashback for parents. Everything’s bright, shiny and sparkly, so while your curious cuties might be dashing from one case to the next, at least they’ll be super engaged. And when you need them to slow down a bit, head to one of the wall art photo spots to strike super-cute poses with Miss Kitty and her crew. We couldn’t think of a more picture perfect way to end your journey!

Girl Hello Kitty exhibit Allison Sutcliffe photo

photo: Allison Sutcliffe

Have you tasted any of these super cute Hello Kitty treats? How many pins did you collect? Tell us about your experience in the Comments below.

— Allison Sutcliffe