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I’m pretty sure I’ve heard there are falafel wars on some street corners in New York City.  Well, in my neighborhood we have an ice cream war on the Pike-Pine corridor.

First it was Molly Moon’s, in 2009.

Soon after, one block south and 4 and 5 blocks east, respectively, came Bluebird and Old School Frozen Custard.

In late 2010,  High 5 Pie opened on the block around the corner from Bluebird, and they also sell Bluebird ice cream (by the pint and on their pie slices a la mode) in case you didn’t feel like walking that block and a half.

Just a couple of months ago, D’Ambrosio Gelateria Artigianale opened 1.5 blocks north of Bluebird and 2.5  blocks east of Molly Moon.

Gelato, right on my way home from work.

Now Cupcake Royale is getting ready to sell its own line of ice cream at the Capitol Hill store, 1 block west of Bluebird.  (Apparently you can already get the ice cream at their Ballard store.)

Since Molly Moon’s recently teamed with Trophy Cupcakes for some sort of holiday partnership, one wonders if the current expansion underway at the Capitol Hill Molly Moon’s will result in Trophy Cupcakes being available here on a regular basis as well.

No wonder I am fat.

Welcome to the Capitol Hill Ice Cream District.



  1. This post definitely needs a hand-drawn map for clarification. Get sketchin’, please.

  2. There’s a gelato place on my way home, too, and I finally went this week. Their coconut was divine. And it’s finally the weather to want ice cream or gelato on the way home.

    • Mmm, coconut gelato sounds really good right now!

      • What’s your favorite gelato flavor?

        • Well, I’m still exploring, but so far I would say lemon ginger. I bet that would taste good along with coconut.

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