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Good pie in Seattle

Seattle is blessed with many excellent pastries, but for the life of me, I can't think of a place to get a really good fruit pie. Anyone have a good experience to share?

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  1. Flaky crust, high-collared and fractures of caramelized surprise and tasty market apples was that caramel? or does it matter? - baked in the kitchen you see busy before you. Pull up a cup of pretty decent coffee to a seat in the front room window over the garden and sigh with pleasure on a sunny summer morning. Buy a blueberry muffin for a friend. Gosh, let's go right now. In town, the one I know. Lovely baking by lovely bakers in a lovely place; dude...
    Irwin's Neighborhood Cafe and Bakery
    2123 N. 40th St
    opens at 6 am M-F (real bakers, did I mention?)
    Other locations I've not visited: 1201 Eastlake, 301 NE 65th.

    1. A la Mode on Phinny, not far from the zoo, has amazing pie.

      I've had the sour cherry which was just perfect and I hear great things about their banana cream.

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      1. re: Aaaaargh

        I didn't answer this before because I tend to make my own fruit pies, but order cream/mousse style pies from pie shops. A la Mode's Mexican Chocolate Mousse pie is one of my favorites in Seattle and they make a great Coconut Cream pie, as well. Their fruit pies always look good, though.

      2. There's a new, odd combination on Capitol Hill (Olive Way) called "Pie Bar" which is what it sounds like - a bar with pies. Have not tried yet - I don't have much of a sweet tooth - but they are baking their own pies and they're pretty.

        1. shoofly pie co. in west seattle
          sugar rush baking co., also in west seattle
          pie in fremont
          high 5 pie on capitol hill
          Snohomish pie co. in downtown snohomish

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          1. re: bighound

            Sugar Rush has closed. They remodeled last winter but I guess that didn't help.


          2. I like the fruit pies at Remlinger Farms. If you have a kid under the age of 6, it's really fun there.

            1. I think A la mode is pretty good. But in general, I don't think I've had great fruit pie anywhere, ever, except homemade. It used to be kind of a mission of mine, to find good pie wherever I was traveling in the US, and I was always disappointed with the fruit pie. Restaurants/bakeries often seem to be able to pull off cream pies, pecan pies, etc, but not fruit. I don't know what it is.

              1. High 5 Pie on Capital Hill is terrible. No good pie in Seattle.

                1. Thanks for the input (and keep it coming!)... next weekend, I think I'll try Irwins and Shoofly, and report back!

                  1. I like Whidbey Pies Cafe... they are very much like the berry pies we make at home [and we used to make growing up]. Crust is flakey and rolled out thin so the fruit is really the most prominent part of the pie. Really worth a stop if you are in the Greenbank area and they had a wine tasting adjacent last time I went but it was a while ago. Wine tasting followed by a slice of pie and an espresso is hard to beat.

                    In Seattle you can find them at Metropolitan Markets.

                    1. discovered a new pie purveyour yesterday. while not exactly local, pacific pie co.-out of portland-sells 12 inch, & 4 inch pies
                      through the central market group-ballard market, shoreline central market, etc. occasionally they even have single slices.
                      have tried the blackberry which was very good. but the star is the chocolate bourbon hazelnut. omg. like a more decadent chocolate pecan. it is real sweet and has a pronounced bourbon flavor but is delicious. try it with some fresh twin brook farms whipped cream.

                      1. A little far to really be part of "greater Seattle" yet, but the best cherry and berry pies I know are in Cashmere at the Anjou Bakery. Both pastry and filling are excellent.