by Chase Burns



I remember the big-ass line that seemed to instantly wrap around Spice Waala’s Indian street food truck when it debuted at the South Lake Union Saturday Market in 2018. The couple behind the operation, Aakanksha Sinha and Uttam Mukherjee, grew up in Delhi and Kolkata, respectively, and thought to cook up two street foods from their hometowns: chaat, a savory snack from Delhi that features a mix of potatoes, chickpeas, and spices (Spice Waala serves three different kinds); and kathi rolls, a roll from Kolkata that can come with everything from lamb kabab to fried potato patties. Both were big hits in Seattle, and these staples have supported Spice Waala from its street market days in 2018 to its current life as restaurants in Capitol Hill and Ballard. This Friday, perhaps inspired by this week’s miserable heat, Spice Waala’s Capitol Hill location will begin serving soft serve ice cream with constantly rotating Indian-inspired flavors. The restaurant says it’ll be $5 a cup, and the first flavors offered will be rose and cardamom for the month of July. After that, expect rotating flavors like watermelon and fennel, mango lassi, and pistachio and cardamom. CHASE BURNS

Spice Waala’s Capitol Hill location starts serving soft serve ice cream this Friday, July 2. They’re located at 340 15th Ave E and are open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 am to 2:30 PM, and 5 to 9 PM. Tuesdays are open 5 to 9 PM. Closed on Sundays and Mondays.

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