Jenkins and I were walking back to the downtown Seattle core after our visit to the Science Fiction museum about mid-way through our mini visit to the city. We had passed by Dahlia Bakery on our way to the museum so I figured it would be a nice place to stop and grab a snack when we were finished with our museum visit. I had actually wanted to go to Dahlia Lounge for lunch or dinner but it just did not work with our schedule. A trip to the bakery would have to suffice.
I knew going in that there was definitely one thing I wanted to eat and that was Tom Douglas’s famous triple coconut cream pies. I didn’t know that the pies could be sold by the slice (I probably should have asked!) so I just ordered a coco pie bite for $2.50. I’m not a huge coconut cream pie fan normally but Tom Douglas’s version was absolutely amazing. The flavour of the coconut really came through in the creamy pie filling and was heightened by the flakes of coconut on top. The crust itself was nice and crumbly and just fell apart in your mouth. I would definitely come back just to eat this pie and I would likely get a bigger piece next time! The pie was also not overly sweet, which I find often to be the case with cream pies of any type. I should also note that there is a happy hour special for the pies and if I remember correctly, it’s only $1 per coco bite between 4-6pm.
Jenkins and I also split a chocolate truffle cookie for $2.50. To me, I felt like this was a giant version of Thomas Haas’ chocolate sparkle cookie but Jenkins felt that it tasted better than the sparkle cookie. I think this cookie was flourless (or very close to it) and the texture was light but had the rich flavour of chocolate permeating through every bite. Even though it was dark chocolate, this cookie was quite sweet and rich and I think it would go perfectly with a strong cup of coffee or tea.
Jenkins and I both enjoyed our brief but delicious stop at Dahlia Bakery. Sometimes, you’re just not sure if things live up to the hype but I felt that the coconut cream pie was definitely as good as was claimed (or even more so). There are so many delicious bakery items on the menu that I would want to try next time so I would likely buy a box of goodies for the trip back to Vancouver. I would also like to come back for lunch one day to try their sandwiches, which all sounded very tasty. Although slightly pricy, I felt that the quality ingredients that were used and the items that we tried were all worth the price.
2001 4th Avenue, Seattle, WA