Back in the day, major academic accomplishments—making the honor roll or basketball team, celebrating the first or last day of school—were spent shooting skee ball and eating mediocre pizza at Chuck E. Cheese’s. But Seattle’s modern kiddos have more… sophisticated tastes. If you’ve got big back-to-school accomplishments to celebrate in the coming weeks, treat your lil’ scholars at one of these local eateries (most of which, involve ice cream).

VIVO 53

It should come as no surprise that nearly every table at this sparkly, modern Bellevue eatery is adorned with one of their signature (and appropriately named) Insane Sundaes. Some folks come for dinner first and enjoy expertly woodfired pizzas and simple pastas. Others come just for dessert. Regardless, you’ll want to allow about 15 minutes for the masterful sundae chef to create—and architect—your sundae: nearly a foot of ice cream, candies, baked goods and more sugar than you’d ever condone on a regular basis. You’ll never see your kids’ eyes wider than when the server brings this beauty to your table.

Candy Esplosione: M&M’s, Neapolitan ice cream, chocolate pretzels,
rock candy, chocolate peanut butter brownie, salted caramel truffles, Heath bar, swirl lollipop, whipped cream and chocolate drizzle.

Holy Spumoni: Macaroons, Spumoni ice cream, crushed pistachios, maraschino
cherries, swirl lollipop, rock candy, whipped cream and sprinkles.

The Neapolitan: Chocolate shavings, Neapolitan ice cream sandwich, maraschino cherries, Neapolitan ice cream, sprinkles, swirl lollipop and chocolate drizzle.

Nutella Seduzione: Chopped hazelnuts, Italian cheesecake ice cream, Nutella
cheesecake, chocolate drizzle, dark chocolate shavings, swirl lollipop and whipped cream.

504 Bellevue Way N.E.
Bellevue, Wa 98004
425-274-9165
Online: vivo53.com

Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

photo: Kristina Moy

  • VIVO 53
  • SkyCity
  • Shelby’s Bistro & Ice Creamery
  • Rain Café
  • Triple XXX Root Beer Drive-in
  • Purple Café and Wine Bar

Does your family have a celebratory tradition? Share your favorite destinations in the Comments below!

— Chelsea Lin