Pie: The New Cupcake in Seattle

Pumpkin Pie

Moving beyond its “coffee lovers” label, the city of Seattle has become a dessert town. Ice cream, cakes, and pastries have all been making waves, and pie shops have gained popularity with locations settling in around town—leaving locals confident that pies beat cupcakes any day.

Located in a narrow Fremont space, Pie serves up a variety of sweet and savory hand-held pies baked in muffin tins for breakfast, lunch, and dinner—with a late night window on Friday and Saturday until 2am so you can satisfy your pie cravings after last call. Daily creations like Channa Masala (Chickpeas, potatoes, carrots, tomatoes, cream, and indian spices), smoked salmon with goat cheese, maple pear, and spicy mexican chocolate have been luring crowds of pie-lovers in. Pies range in price from $4-$6, and a second location has recently opened up in The Armory at the Seattle Center. Check their web site for daily pie flavors, plus follow them on Twitter (@sweetnsavorypie) and Facebook (Fremont location/Center location) for updates.

Recommended pie: English meat pie. Ground beef, onions, and spices with cheese baked into the crust. It’s savory and filling.

3515 Fremont Avenue N, Seattle, WA | (206) 436-8590

The Armory: 305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA |  (206) 428-6312

Shoofly Pie Company
This brightly painted shop in West Seattle offers home-baked warmth and a large variety of sweet pies, from traditional apple and strawberry rhubarb to peach-raspberry galette and coconut cream. Pies are available by the slice, 9” whole pie, 5” mini pie, and cupPies and cutiePies. For those who want something savory, Shoofly offers a caramelized onion, veggie, chicken, or beef pie. They also have a featured pie of the month, and quiches so they’ve got you covered on all bases. Pies range in price from $3.50-$4.95 per slice/cup, and $20-$30 for whole pies. You can find Shoofly on Twitter (@shooflypieco) and Facebook too!

Recommended pie: Shoofly Pie. This house specialty has dark molasses and a crumbly, buttery crust, which pairs perfectly with a piping hot cup of coffee.

4444 California Avenue Southwest, Seattle, WA | (206) 938-0680

High 5 Pie

Originally sold at all Fuel Coffee locations, baker and coffee shop owner Dani Cone decided to take the plunge and open a bakery on Capitol Hill. The spacious spot has a great retro vibe and lots of pie options:  Flipsides (handheld crescent-shaped pies), Piejars, Cutie Pies, 7” Deep Dish, 9” Pies, Petit-5s, and even pie lollipops! Most flavors change seasonally, with regular standbys like Apple-Cinnamon. You can even get your pie a la mode with Bluebird ice cream. Pies range in price from $3.50 to $90 (for the Mile Wide Pie, which feeds 30 people). Follow High 5 Pie on Twitter (@high5pie) and Facebook for specials.

Recommended pie: When in season, you can’t beat the Peach-Ginger-Raspberry. The Rosemary Apple Cheddar is also a nice fall treat.

1400 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA | (206) 695-2284

A La Mode Pies
This tiny pie shop on Phinney Ridge features a baking area larger than its cozy seating space. A seasonally rotating menu offers up everything from a Lemon Macaroon Tart to a Chocolate Cream pie with a Pretzel Crust. You can order a whole 9″ pie online in advance, with prices ranging from $25-$30. Or stop into the store for a slice and a cup of coffee, while you enjoy the mouthwatering smells seeping out of the kitchen. They also sell mini-pies and Lollipies, so you can satisfy your sweet tooth with a bite-sized pie to-go! Follow @AlaModePies on Twitter and Facebook for daily pie updates. Bonus: they offer seasonal pie-making classes. Fun!

Recommended pie: If you’re into cream pies, the Bourbon Butterscotch is a must-taste. Sweet, creamy butterscotch pudding infused with caramelized sugar, vanilla, and splash of bourbon whiskey–topped with freshly whipped cream and toasted pecans.

5821 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA | (206) 383- 3796

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