The cutest pie shop in town? That’s easy. It’s A la Mode’s pocket-size corner space across from the zoo on Phinney Ridge, where bar stools invite friends to belly up for a slice of Mexican chocolate pie, mousse-like in texture, topped with a cloud of whipped cream and scented with just a whisper of cinnamon and cayenne pepper. I’ll be back for another slice of the key lime, a pucker-inducing cheek tingler that rides the fine line between too tart and not tart enough. There’s also sour cherry, strawberry rhubarb, Blue Hawaiian (blueberry, pineapple and coconut) and many other flavors as the seasons turn. And they’re all so very, very good.
A la Mode Pies Café; Slices, $4.50; whole pies, $25; petite pies, $9. Daily 7 a.m.–7 p.m. Phinney Ridge, 5821 Phinney Ave. N; 206.383.3796; alamodeseattle.com.