Back when we were growing up, the Golden Arches were the gold standard when it came to drive thrus. But Seattle-area eateries offer takeaway options with a lot more variety and flavor than most standard fast food chains. While there’s still plenty of room for more creative, independently-owned drive thrus around town, we’ve found a range of spots where you can grab a meal or a caffeine fix without hauling the kids out of the car. Click through the gallery for five drive thrus serving everything from healthy options to pastries that are well worth the drive.

Top Pot Issaquah

Local doughnut institution Top Pot opened their first drive thru in Issaquah earlier this year, and since then we’ve contemplated hauling the kids from Seattle to the Eastside cafe for a quick morning road trip. It goes without saying that little ones are wild for Top Pot’s baked fritters, and now you can order a sweet treat (and a coffee for an extra energy boost) curbside. Splitting that pink feather boa to minimize your kiddo’s inevitable on-the-road sugar rush is advised.

Top Pot Issaquah
1235 NW Maple Street
Issaquah, Wa 98027
425-270-6161
toppotdoughnuts.com

Did we miss any of your local favorites? Let us know your picks for the best drive thru meals, coffee or treats.

— Sara Billups

Photos via Blue Dog Kitchen Facebook page, Top Pot Doughnuts, 60th Street Desserts Facebook page, Panera Bread Facebook page and ernie.ca Flickr page.