Fall in the Pacific Northwest is a beauty to behold. Leaves of red, yellow and orange dot the hill sides and the sun peaks out for one last hurrah before it hides behind the sea of gray clouds for the winter. When the weather turns, the locals’ palates crave warming desserts to celebrate the season. From pumpkin to apple, Seattleites prepare for winter by eating locally produced pie by the area’s most talented chefs.
9640 16th Ave. Southwest
Seattle, WA 98106
Back in the early days of jazz, New Orleans wasn’t the only city with a hotbed of jazz clubs and performers. Seattle was the west coast counterpart catering to jazz artists such as Ray Charles himself. When Ray Charles needed some good home cookin’ he went to Geraldine Gordon’s house. Today her son shares her recipes at his place, Uncle Mike’s BBQ. Here, the sweet tea is plentiful and the fried chicken comes on a tray, not a plate. But it is the sweet potato pie that brings ‘em coming back for more. It is the best in the city with a flaky crust and luscious filling.
1902 Pike Place
Seattle, WA 98101
When most people think about an autumn dessert, pumpkin pie comes to mind. But at Le Panier, Very French Bakery, located in the Pike Place Market, they bring a French twist to this American classic. The use of phyllo dough for the base instead of traditional pie dough brings lightness to the tart, contrasting with the thick, custard filling. It is just sweet enough without overpowering the delicious buttery flavor of the crust. It is so addictive that it may even grace many American Thanksgiving tables.
4444 California Ave. Southwest
Seattle, WA 98116
Zak and Kimmy Hsieh Tomlinson started a company because of one ingredient: rhubarb. Their rhubarb pie convinced them to start Shoofly Pie Co., and all of Seattle reaps the benefits of this decision. This fall, try the rhubarb pie or something truly warming for fall and order the rhubarb-ginger galette. Using only the most basic, fresh ingredients, Shoofly Pie Co.’s pies are a slice of home and comfort in one bite. Pull up a chair at the shop, grab a cup of coffee and try either pie a la mode.
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106 James St.
Seattle, WA 98104
The praline (pronounced “praw-leen” in the South) is a staple dessert in New Orleans after a filling meal or Creole and Cajun food. So it is only natural Marcela’s Creole Cookery in Pioneer Square serves up the tastiest slice of pecan pie in the city. Around here, the fall can get pretty chilly, so filling up on spicy food and nutty, warm pie fits perfect for Seattleites. Don the party beads and follow the band into Marcela’s for a slice of the paradise. And for only $1.50, it comes with a huge scoop of ice cream.
5821 Phinney Ave. North
Seattle, WA 98103
Washington state produces more apples than any other state in the country, and apples are at their peak in the autumn. It’s only natural the best pie to eat in the fall is a nice, warm, delicious apple pie. A La Mode Pies on Phinney Ridge serves up a spiced apple crammed full of granny Smith, gala and pink lady apples, along with lots cinnamon and a touch of clove. With a flaky crust, as the owners proclaim, this pie will “warm your taste buds” with one bite.
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