In an interview in the Stranger's Chow Bio, 3.14 Bakery owner Jessica Haury admits to being a math geek, which is why she pulled in that famous irrational number to represent her bakery's specialty: pie. Haury sees baking as therapeutic, asking "Who can feel bad when there's a homemade pie in the house?" With that in mind, she sells each freshly baked morsel hoping it can bring some good to someone’s day. The bakery’s seasonal menu captures the bounty of nature throughout the year with the flavors of cherry, rhubarb, or apple in the personal pies, pie pops, and single slices. The bakery doesn't stop at perfecting pie, the team also rolls cake balls and bakes seven-layer bars, cookies, and gooey cinnamon rolls perfect for sticking to coworkers' foreheads. Diners who wish to enjoy their goodies onsite can settle into a chair with a fork and a steamy cup of coffee on the side.
Housed in a former bakery, this husband-and-wife pizza palace invites diners to kick back while the pies crisp and the staff zigzags around the room like a fleet of choreographed Roombas. Each circle of dough is hand mixed and flattened into a thin, flakey, fitting throne for each fresh topping. Creations are 18 inches in diameter and range from classic to creative like the ham and egg pie with prosciutto, soft yolks, mozzarella, and homemade tomato sauce ($18). The aptly named vegetarian combines sun-dried tomatoes, kalamata olives, and goat cheese ($18) for a meatless masterpiece. The Favorite is rumored to cure cooties with its toothsome Italian sausage, fragrant garlic, and Mama Lil's hot peppers ($18).
It's hard to go back home after a trip to Full Tilt Ice Cream, unless your home also happens to be an ice cream shop, a pinball and video arcade, a live music venue, an art gallery, and a bar. Founded in White Center in 2008 by imaginative duo Ann Magyar and Justin Cline, Full Tilt began as a humble artisan ice cream shop, where all creamy deserts were created from natural and local ingredients and walls were decorated with works by local artists. When a friend suggested they add a pinball arcade to the already popular shop, Magyar and Cline thought it was a grand idea, and the public obviously did too—before long Full Tilt blossomed into a franchise of neighborhood hangouts. And the food and fun isn't just aimed at kids either: Full Tilt also serves a diverse range of Northwestern beers and caters to the cultured masses with crafted music mixes and live performances.
With more than 700 locations, Jamba Juice proves to the masses that nutrition can be speedy and delicious. Since the beginning, the company’s product philosophy has revolved around choosing whole fruits and other natural ingredients over artificial flavorings, sweeteners, and preservatives. The menu is completely free of high-fructose corn syrup and trans fats, and it offers additional accommodations for vegan and gluten-free diets.
This naturalistic approach is fully realized in Jamba Juice's selection of smoothies. Made with 100% fruit juice, sherbet, and frozen yogurt, the frosty delights range from all-fruit smoothies such as peach perfection and strawberry whirl to more indulgent creamy treats, including peanut butter moo'd, an enticing blend of peanut butter, bananas, nonfat vanilla frozen yogurt, and milk chocolate.
For those with heartier appetites, steel-cut oats steep in soymilk before being enhanced with toppings such as apples, cinnamon, and brown-sugar crumble. The lunch hour presents protein-packed mini wraps, toasted bistro sandwiches and California Flatbreads that pack only about 320–420 calories each.
Winner of West Seattle Blog's Pizza Taste Test in 2008, Giannoni's Pizza packs a plethora of scratch-made East Coast–style pies into a menu of fresh Italian fare. Build a tasty but ineffective bomb shelter out of breadsticks with marinara and cheese insulation ($5.99), or tooth-trek the tollbooth sandwich ($9.99), which treats travelers to a chicken- and mozzarella-mottled savory. Patrons strictly in it for the pie can palm a slice rife with regular toppings ($4.19 for 3–5 toppings), such as pepperoni, mushrooms, canadian bacon, and anchovies. Those with particularly Italian tastes and a penchant for triangles can dive into a doughy isosceles with deluxe toppings ($4.39 for 3–5 toppings), including salami, feta, goat cheese, and tastes of victory.