It’s easy to drive past small neighborhoods and great Seattle nooks while running errands or rocking the daily routine. That’s where Seattle Magazine comes in. They do the exploring for you, so all you have to do is show up! This week we’re checking out Phinney Ridge, and we think you should too!

With more backyards than bistros, Phinney Ridge tends to attract more dog walkers than foodies. But what started as a trickle of new restaurants has turned into a full-on food avalanche on this hilltop nabe nestled between Woodland Park Zoo and Greenwood, bringing with it a hearty selection of new shops and boutiques.

EAT + DRINK

The bustling corner of 74th and Greenwood just got a little cooler: Located across from Herkimer Coffee (7320 Greenwood Ave. N; 206.784.0202; herkimercoffee.com) is Bluebird Ice Cream’s newest “microcreamery” (7400 Greenwood Ave. N; bluebirdseattle.blogspot.com), which will sate your palate with both ice cream and new in-house microbrews.

If you need some savory to go with your sweet, head next door via the shared outdoor patio to Cornuto Pizzeria (7404 Greenwood Ave.; no phone at press time) for a slice of fresh, thin-crust wood-fired pizza.

Grab a hand-pulled espresso at renowned Caffé Vita (7402 Greenwood Ave. N; 206.588.1519; caffevita.com) or down a pint at PROST! (7311 Greenwood Ave. N; 206.706.5430; prosttavern.net). The bar’s owner Chris Navarra also has a new neighborhood-centric bar and pizza palace, The Ridge (7217 Greenwood Ave. N; no phone at press time), complete with game room.

Though several blocks south, be sure to head to Chris Porter’s first brick-and-mortar A La Mode Pies (5821 Phinney Ave. N; 206.383.3796; alamodeseattle.com), where straight-from-the-oven slices are topped with Bluebird ice cream, closing the circle of Phinney’s wonderful new culinary delights.

Check out the rest of Shopping and Dining in Phinney Ridge to discover great places to shop and new local boutiques to support.

This is our weekly guest post from our friends at Seattle Magazine, which keeps readers on the pulse of restaurants, personalities, arts, entertainment and culture that reflect the tapestry of our dynamic landscape. We’ve teamed up for an exciting partnership to bring you a weekly dose of fantastic Date Night ideas throughout greater Seattle.