What: Shoo Fly Pie, Caramelized Onion and Gruyere Tart, and Chicken Pot Pie (not necessarily in that order)
Where: ShooFly Pie Company
4444 California Ave. S.W., Seattle, WA 98116 (in West Seattle)
When: Wednesday & Thursday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Closed Monday & Tuesday
Official Tasting Notes:
This charming, still-new pie place in West Seattle is a tiny, homey place to venture for lunch. In addition to a bounty of fruity and sweet crusted desserts, as well as dramatic meringue-topped creations, the bakery serves savory pies, tarts, and quiches.
My attraction to this place was of course its namesake, the Shoofly pie. A traditional Southern dessert, this pie is a decadent, rich, molassesy construction, tall on sweetness, and rich on buttery crust. As its name attests, the pie is so sweet one might need to shoo the flies away.
Our very generous slice of Shoofly was gorgeous, intimidating in its height, and possessed a distinctive mineral flavor. It almost, despite all that sugar, felt healthful. Looking here, we learn that a scant two teaspoons of molasses contain almost 15% of your daily requirements of iron, copper, and manganese.
Shoofly pies are sometimes referred to as "wet bottom", because the molasses remains gooey in the crust, covered in its crumb-cake topping. Our pie possessed the traditional goo of molasses, though it neared a "dry bottom", as the middle of the pie was mixed into its crumb cake topping.
But we were there for lunch, and though the Shoofly arrived first, my pie-eating companion and I were craving a bit of savory goodness before we forked into the dessert. The caramelized onion and Gruyere tart was big enough to share, its sweet onions redolent with what tasted like a balsamic reduction.
Our third pie was the hands-down favorite: a homey, oven-warmed, star-topped chicken pot pie. Breaking into the perfectly flaky crust, we discovered peas, tiny cubed carrots, and chunks of white chicken smothered in a thyme-scented white sauce. My dining companion proclaimed it the best chicken pot pie she'd ever had. We didn't leave a bite.
Cost: $17 including tip.
Would I Eat it Again? Easily.
Insider Tip: Monday might be an ideal day for pie, but the bakery's closed on Monday and Tuesdays, so plan your pie-satisfying excursion accordingly.