Shopping and Dining in Phinney Ridge

By Patrick Hutchison

September 8, 2011

Explore the new influx of restaurants in the otherwise quiet stretch between Woodland Park Zoo and G

This article originally appeared in the October 2011 issue of Seattle Magazine.


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.

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>> The bustling corner of 74th and Greenwood just got a little cooler: Located across from Herkimer Coffee (7320 Greenwood Ave. N; 206.784.0202; is Bluebird Ice Cream’s newest “microcreamery” (7400 Greenwood Ave. N;, 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; or down a pint at PROST! (7311 Greenwood Ave. N; 206.706.5430; 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;, where straight-from-the-oven slices are topped with Bluebird ice cream, closing the circle of Phinney’s wonderful new culinary delights.

>> Classic dresses and vintage accessories continue to work their magic at Suzy Fairchild’s Frock Shop (6500 Phinney Ave. N; 206.297.1638;

>> Across the street, Dana Smith’s HIP Zephyr (6421 Phinney Ave. N; 206.905.6069; is all about customer service, featuring private wardrobe consultation and in-house dress parties.

>> Next door, take a culinary tour of wine, cheese, olives and specialty items from nearly every western European country in Nikos Spiliopoulos and Alexis Saloutos’ pint-size The Shop Agora (6417-A Phinney Ave. N; 206.782.5551;

>> No need to tread lightly at Sadaf Hussain’s aptly named Chocolate Shoe Box, where the odd yet awesome combination of fair-trade footwear and vegan chocolates inspires guilt-free sprees (7410 Greenwood Ave. N; 206.659.0062;

>> Back in the 74th corridor, create, admire and shop at Assemble Gallery & Studio (7406 Greenwood Ave. N; 206.913.2470;, where a fine-art gallery, weekly craft instruction and handmade gifts unite and inspire.


Embrace the season’s hearty produce in a new way with Eminence’s amazing yam and pumpkin enzyme peel at Mari Mamikunian’s Luscious Skin Spa (6419 Phinney Ave. N; 206.706.4977;


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