Let’s talk about where to get some pie in Seattle. Not pizza, but pie – the kind that comes in pumpkin, apple, pecan and chocolate cream and usually is followed by an ala mode. It seemed like just yesterday that we were all certain pie was going to take the place of cupcakes in Seattle – wannabe foodies all over the city were dropping the phrase “Pie is the new cupcake” and parents were trying desperately to convince their little sugar-addict that they’d never miss those three-inches of frosting from their favorite cupcake joint. We’re not sure that pie has taken the dessert crown in Seattle yet, but these pie hotspots are definitely here to stay.

If you’re downtown:

Dahlia Bakery
Tom Douglas is a household name in Seattle when it comes to restaurants and thankfully, Mr. Douglas is also in the pie business. Tucked between Stewart and Virginia streets downtown, Dahlia Bakery serves and sells those same delicious pies that are served in Tom Douglas restaurants around town, but in a family-friendly café setting. An absolute favorite is Tom’s Famous Triple Coconut Cream Pie, which they serve in different sizes – from full-sized nine-inch pies to individual “Coco Pie Bites” that are the perfect size for the littlest pie lovers. Dahlia Bakery also serves a delicious, kid-friendly lunch – the tomato soup is a great pre-pie choice to keep the sugar-rush to a minimum.

Dahlia Bakery
2001 Fourth Avenue
Seattle, Wa
206-441-4540

If you’re on Capitol Hill:

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High 5 Pie
As a place dedicated entirely to pie, we have to give it to High 5 Pie, because they have it down. High 5 is everything you imagine a pie shop on Capitol Hill to be – it’s got that vintage/retro-vibe happening (no fussy bakery décor here!), they serve killer coffee alongside their pie and you’ll have to circle the block a couple of times to grab parking spot. But, enough about the details! Let’s talk about the pie! High 5 Pie hits the kid-friendly mark for many reasons, but especially for serving pie in a variety of ways. Parents know that kids love choices (or, at least thinking they have choices…), so between Piejars (pie served in a mini-Mason jar), Flipsides (handheld turnover-style pie pockets), Cutie Pies (mini pies baked in muffin tins), Piepops (pie on a stick!) and Petit-5s (tiny one-bite pies), this could, literally, be pie-heaven for your kids.

High 5 Pie
1400 12th Avenue
Seattle, Wa
206-695-2284

If you’re in Georgetown:

American Pie Bakery and Cafe
Even though the uber-cool Georgetown neighborhood is on the “Edge of the Universe,” the pies at local bakery, the American Pie Bakery and Café are surely out of this world. Their space in Georgetown is simple, with an easy-going-vibe that comes naturally to the neighborhood and although American Pie lacks the bells and whistles of its competitors, once you taste their pies, you’ll realize they don’t need any fanfare to hold their own in this tasty race. American Pie offers both sweet and savory pies, making them a great spot for an entire pie-meal with the kids – start with a classic like the Chicken Pot Pie (the kids will love that it’s pea-free!) or a hand-held Empanada, and then satisfy your sweet tooth with a slice of a sweet pie, like their ever-popular blueberry pie.

American Pie Bakery and Cafe
5633 Airport Way South
Seattle, Wa
206-708-7813

If you’re on Phinney Ridge:

A la Mode Pies
Despite being the new kid in town when it comes to pie shops in Seattle, A la Mode Pies is no stranger to the pie game – they have been delivering pies to Seattle and Bellevue families for the past couple of years. Yes, you heard us right – pie delivery. Want to hear the even better news? Delivery is free in Seattle and only costs $5 if you live across the bridge in Bellevue. More recently, A la Mode has put down permanent roots (er… crusts?) in a little shop in the Wallingford neighborhood that is perfect for a slice of pie and a generous scoop of Bluebird Ice Cream after a day exploring the zoo. Parents will love A la Mode’s café because it’s kid-friendly, but in a subtle way. It feels smart and chic, with the pies following suit.

A la Mode Pies
5821 Phinney Avenue North
Seattle, Wa
206-383-3796

If you’re in West Seattle:

Shoofly Pie Company
There are no doubt some fantastic bakeries in West Seattle, so picking one family-friendly pie spot was more than difficult. That being said, Shoofly Pie Company wins both kids and parents over every time. Their location on California Avenue can’t be missed – it’s painted bright green and is cute as, well, pie. Once inside, you’ll realize that they aren’t messing around at Shoofly – these are serious pies – the slices are thick and deep and made with only the best ingredients and even when you catch them at the end of the day, their display case is filled with both sweet and savory pies to drool over and pick from, meaning they always have one of your favorites available. A little advice, kids – when you’re begging your parents to stop for dessert before heading home after dinner, be sure to remind them that Shoofly also serves wine and beer.

Shoofly Pie Company
4444 California Avenue SW
Seattle, Wa
206-938-0680

What’s your favorite neighborhood pie spot or restaurant that serves a dynamite slice? Share with us in the comments below so that we can all add them to our must-try list!

— Katie Kavulla

(Photo credit: American Pie Bakery and Cafe.)