West Seattle A la Mode Pies: Window wrap today; your name suggestions sought for ‘boozy milkshakes’

(WSB photo)

As A la Mode Pies proprietor Chris Porter puts it, this is a big day/night for him and his growing company. Above, the window wrap is going up right now at their future West Seattle Junction expansion location on SW Alaska just east of California SW, on the ground floor of Junction 47; in honor of that, he’s inviting you to suggest WS-centric names for the “boozy milkshakes” they’ll be offering. (With Husky Deli ice cream!) You might recall hearing about the milkshakes, pies, and more when we first reported last month on Porter’s plan for A la Mode Pies to expand here.

As part of the introduction to this community (which will be its second shop, after Phinney), A la Mode Pies also will be at the sold-out Taste of West Seattle food-and-drink fundraiser tonight in Fauntleroy, benefiting the WS Helpline. Porter himself will be at another event – the Puget Sound Business Journal “Business of Pride” event, at which he says A la Mode Pies will be recognized as one of the 25 largest LGBTQ-owned businesses in the region.

Now – your help needed! Porter is inviting WSB readers to suggest names for the five “boozy milkshakes” that West Seattle A la Mode Pies will offer.

Here’s the criteria:

· Hyper Local – Submissions might be influenced by a West Seattle neighborhood, a popular West Seattle destination, tourist attraction, or local saying. The name could also include something West Seattleites take pride in – like the largest employer, historical reference, or pillar of the community.

· The more whimsical, irreverent, and catchy the better.

· Relates to the ingredients in the shake (see descriptions below). Does the proposed name provide a hint as to what the boozy milkshake might taste like?

· Short-and-Sweet. Ideally, each submission will be no more than 2-3 words, as it needs to fit on a menu.

Here’s a description of each proposed boozy milkshake:

1. Cinnamon Apple – Vanilla Ice Cream, Cinnamon Whiskey, Hard Cider – served with cinnamon & sugar pie fries

2. Grasshopper – Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, Vodka, Crème de Menthe – drizzled with chocolate ganache

3. Banana – Salted Caramel Ice Cream, Coffee Liquor, Rum, Fresh Bananas – drizzled with homemade caramel

4. Key Lime – Vanilla Ice Cream, Key Lime Juice, Tequila, Triple Sec – served with crushed graham crackers

5. Blue Hawaiian – Coconut Ice Cream, Fresh Blueberries, Malibu Rum, Crushed Pineapple – topped with toasted coconut

Got one suggestion – or five – or more? Please post in the comment section (if you’re reading this from the home page, either click the headline and scroll down, or click the word comment/s under the headline). Decisions will be made within a week or two. Meantime, Porter hopes to have A la Mode Pies open in The Junction in September.

70 Replies to "West Seattle A la Mode Pies: Window wrap today; your name suggestions sought for 'boozy milkshakes'"

  • Fiz May 26, 2016 (1:56 pm)


  • Lindsey May 26, 2016 (2:22 pm)

    Dirty Dollar Mint for the Grasshopper shake. 

  • Mark May 26, 2016 (2:41 pm)

    Captain Morgan Junction

    • Mark May 26, 2016 (3:03 pm)


  • Rick May 26, 2016 (2:41 pm)

    DT shakes.

  • crankycyclist May 26, 2016 (2:44 pm)

    Colman Pool for the Blue Hawaiian

  • Lynda May 26, 2016 (2:47 pm)

    Drunk Monkey for the banana. 

    • Lynda May 26, 2016 (4:25 pm)

      Hi-Yu Blue

  • Siobhan May 26, 2016 (2:51 pm)

    The Admiral Apple
    for Cinnamon Apple

    for Grasshopper

     Luna Park Banana
    for Banana

     Colman’s Cool Lime
    for Key Lime

     Pirate’s Passion
    for Blue Hawaiian

  • Bswans May 26, 2016 (2:52 pm)

    Name them after all the cool bars that have closed that kinda defined West Seattle in their time (i.e. Alki Tavern). :)

  • squareeyes May 26, 2016 (3:02 pm)

    1. Red Hot (could be trademark issues though)

    3. Drunk Monkey

  • St May 26, 2016 (3:09 pm)

    All I know is that Alki-holic better be in there somewhere.

  • Cherable May 26, 2016 (3:36 pm)

    Yo Ho Ho  for the banana


  • hopey May 26, 2016 (3:41 pm)

    Frances Farmer for the caramel apple one.

  • Robert Nelson May 26, 2016 (3:44 pm)

    Hiawatha Highball!

  • somar May 26, 2016 (3:49 pm)

    Junction Jitterbug Grasshopper 

  • JuiceNewton May 26, 2016 (3:59 pm)

    Whiskey Park

    Dow Constantini

    35th Ave SLOG

    The Chuck and Sally

    • JuiceNewton May 26, 2016 (4:07 pm)


      The Sealth Bomber

      • JuiceNewton May 26, 2016 (5:08 pm)

        West Marginally Wasted

        The Fire-water Taxi

        • Matt S. May 28, 2016 (3:10 pm)

          You’ve got a gift. Keep going!

  • Iscream May 26, 2016 (4:04 pm)

    Shake Name Suggestion:

    The Husky Drool

    • Fiz May 26, 2016 (7:47 pm)

      YES, please!

  • wyatt May 26, 2016 (4:20 pm)

    for the coconut one, “Alki Tropics”  (a West Seattle trip to the tropics…)

    for the lime, “Longfellow Lime” (after our local salmon stream)

    for the apple, “Close to the Tree” (an ode to apples falling and to our proximity to many nice wooded parks)

  • Mickymse May 26, 2016 (4:28 pm)

    Lincoln Park Grasshopper and +1 for Captain Morgan Junction! Me Kwaramel Mooks will have me chuckling for awhile…

  • Ann May 26, 2016 (4:31 pm)

    Coffee and Oreo ice cream + OOLA Bourbon = Junction Brunch

  • somar May 26, 2016 (4:38 pm)

    Alki-holic Apple

    Blue Hiawathan 

    Lincon’s Lucious Lime 

    Seacrest Salted Caramel 

  • Rusty May 26, 2016 (4:39 pm)

    Cinnamon Apple Rollover

  • ANDREW P SMITH May 26, 2016 (4:40 pm)

    The Dumwamish Head

  • D Ogden May 26, 2016 (5:11 pm)

    1) Cinammon Fog

    2) Green Belt

    3) The Banana Bridge

    4) Margarita Junction

    5) Blue Alki 

  • ST May 26, 2016 (5:23 pm)

    Westwood Pillage for the rum one….

    Easy Sweet Records

    Breezy Street Records

    Drinkin’ Park

    Salty’s Caramel

    Hill Street Booze

  • sw May 26, 2016 (5:39 pm)

    Peninsula Punch

    The Rock

    Way Too Easy Street 

    Walk All Ways

    Seal Sitter Sipper

    Jack Miller Special

    Ferry Line Cutter

    C-Line Bus Bulb

    Triangle Tangle

    The Hum

    WSB Never Sleeps 

    ftw:  “Alki-holic” and “Me-Kwarmel-Mooks are brilliant.

  • miws May 26, 2016 (5:47 pm)

    I’ve never had one, but there is  a thing out there known as a “beer float”,  like a root beer float, only with  actual beer. 

    If, at some point, Ala Mode decides to deviate from hard liquor in their Boozy Shakes, whatever beer/ice cream concoction they would choose, would naturally,  have to be named after Mr. West Seattle, the Normie Beers


    • Sue May 27, 2016 (11:52 am)

      Mike, Elliott Bay has a menu of beer floats. I hesitantly ordered the one with their No Doubt Stout once (not wanting to ruin a good pint of beer if it sucked) and it was amazing.   

  • AJ May 26, 2016 (5:56 pm)

    Tequila Sunrise Heights!

    • AJ May 26, 2016 (6:00 pm)

      Sorry, I should clarify that’s a suggestion for an additional shake offering. Basically, an orange creamsicle shake with tequila and grenadine.

      • sam-c May 26, 2016 (9:03 pm)

        I vote for that. Sounds tasty.

  • Ktrapp May 26, 2016 (6:14 pm)

    I’ll interrupt the shake suggestions to note that I think the web link is wrong.  I think it should be http://www.alamodeseattle.com  the current link doesn’t seem to go anywhere.

  • ST May 26, 2016 (6:42 pm)

    C-Lime Pie

    West Seapple Cider

  • Brian Waid May 26, 2016 (6:53 pm)

    Kahlua and Vanilla ice cream = Brown Cow
    Oreo cookies blended with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream vodka= The Dalmation

  • sbre May 26, 2016 (7:20 pm)

     ‘Geoduck Juice’ for the Key Lime


    • Trickycoolj May 26, 2016 (9:11 pm)

      I think I just threw up in my mouth a little. 

      • sam-c May 26, 2016 (9:41 pm)

        Same here. So gross

    • AJ May 27, 2016 (10:47 pm)

      Ew, no.

  • Blbl May 26, 2016 (8:24 pm)

    1)  alki apple pie

    2) California creme

    3) banana blog

    4) lighthouse lime

    5) tropical Charleston  or crushed California 

  • Junction Lady May 26, 2016 (8:46 pm)
    1. I like:

    Margarita Junction &

    Blue Alki

  • Gina May 26, 2016 (9:02 pm)

    3. Pirate’s Alki Landing.

    4. Green Mystery Stripe of 41st.

    2. Westcrest Dog Park.

  • JayDee May 26, 2016 (9:18 pm)

    If there is a beer shake: Walk Ale Ways…

  • LLC May 26, 2016 (9:31 pm)

    Peninsula Paradise

    Water Taxi Whistle

    Salty’s View

    A La Nouveau

  • newnative May 26, 2016 (9:56 pm)

    Nucor Nookie  

    +1 Captain Morgan Junction

    Genessee Walker 

  • SJ May 26, 2016 (10:13 pm)

    West Seattle Nog (banana)

    • miws May 27, 2016 (5:28 am)

      Good one,  SJ! 

      I also thought of trying to come up with one to honor WSB and started to type something up last night, but then my mind just went blank from being tired after a long day. 


  • Wyatt May 26, 2016 (11:27 pm)

    For cinnamon apple, “fire on the beach”  

  • Wyatt May 26, 2016 (11:43 pm)

    For banana, “banana hammock” or “island time”

  • Liz May 27, 2016 (7:59 am)

    Walk All Ways for the Grasshopper one. 

  • ST May 27, 2016 (8:16 am)

    Seattle (S)Cin Cider

    Emerald City Hopper

    Doc Maynard Monkey


    Blue Thunder

  • lisa May 27, 2016 (8:26 am)

    Alki  Apple

    Beach Bananna

    The Ave.

    bycycle breeze

    Hawaiian Blue Angel

  • Michael Fox May 27, 2016 (8:45 am)

    Alkialoha or Duwamish DewBerry for Blue Hawaiian

    Schmintz Park or Westwood WhopperHopper for Grasshopper

    VedderBetterBanana  or WestSeaBlogBanana for Banana

    Morganarita for Key Lime

    MoonshineOverMorgan or FauntleroyFrumenti or RapidRiderC-line Cider for Cinnamon Apple

    Roxbury Rye n Fry for CinnamonAppleWhiskey Shake with pie fries

    Endolyne Lime for Key Lime

  • ehyi May 27, 2016 (9:35 am)

    1. Cinnamon Junction (Cinnamon Apple)

    2. High Point Hopper (Grasshopper)

    3. Salted Caramel Alki or Salted Alki Banana (Banana)

    4. Lincoln Lime (Key Lime)

    5. Blue Morgan or Malibu Morgan (Blue Hawaiian)

    idea for a 6th: Mokwa-Mooks: chocolate / espresso / mocha ice cream with baileys and kahlua – or with Guinness or a local stout

  • Shannon May 27, 2016 (1:48 pm)

    Hop-All-Ways for the Grasshopper.

  • Jade May 27, 2016 (2:39 pm)

    Alki Lime and Seafair Pirate Bootylicious (for the tropical one)

  • Jade May 27, 2016 (3:02 pm)

    “A l’Ouest” (of the west in French) could be added to any of the drink names. E.g. “A l’Ouest Pomme” for the cinnamon apple boozy shake, “A l’Ouest Caramel” for the salted caramel boozy shake, “A l’Ouest Banana” and so on. You get the idea! Or, simply “A l’Ouest” alone as a drink name for your choice of boozy beverage. A La Fantastique!

  • Jade Makana May 27, 2016 (4:05 pm)

    Bye Bye Mainland Friends Blue Hawaiian

    Summer Traffic Tropical Tension Tamer (Key Lime) 

    That City Skyline Though Cinnamon Apple 

    Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town Salted Caramel

    Ballard is Not Better Banana 

    Please Deliver Food That’s Not Pizza Puckery Lime 

    Avoiding Alki Until Winter Cinnamon Apple

  • FauntleeHillBill May 27, 2016 (6:44 pm)

    1. Apple Delridge-licious
    2. Fairmint Park Chip
    3. Me Like Me Kwa-lua
    4. Tekkie Teq-Key Lime….or  Lime’s a Beach Drive
    5. Blake Is Blue Hawaiian 
  • A J May 27, 2016 (8:48 pm)

    #5   Aloha Alki Bomb

  • Clem May 27, 2016 (9:28 pm)

    #1.   Time to Cinn

    #2.    Mint de’ menth

    #3.    Rum B’nana Rum   (or)  Rum ‘nana Rum

    #4.    Heaven at 47

    #5.   Alo’hai on rum

  • lisa May 27, 2016 (9:56 pm)

    blue angel bananna

    velvet fog 

    raindrop mint,,,for mint

    bushopper ,,,for grasshopper

    apple avenue

    easy breezy beautiful lime

  • Emma May 28, 2016 (10:27 am)

    1. Apple Jack (Cinnamon Apple)

    2. Genesee Grasshopper (Grasshopper)

    4. Al-key Lime (Key Lime)

    5. Blue Liberty (Blue Hawaiian)

  • RayNay May 28, 2016 (5:31 pm)

    Fauntleroy Frost (or Fauntleroy Freeze)

    California Cooler

    Arctic Alaska

    Gene-Sea Breeze

  • FauntleeHillBill May 28, 2016 (11:24 pm)
     Whittaker’s Cinnamon Summit
    WestSea Cishek Shake
    Ivanschitz-face Freeze

    The Seattle Freeze de Mint
    Ivar’s Acre of Creme
    Camp Long on Chocolate
    Me Kwa Moooo-kshake
    Ketel One Marte Mint
    IvanShmitz Park Grasshopper 

    Lazy B-banana
    Banana Bye and Bye
    Nelson Booze Cruz
    Nelson Banana Boat Cruz
    Dae-ho LeeKey Lime
    Felix’s ꓘey Lime
    Pirate’s Vitamin Arrrgh 
    Mai Taijuan-on Walker
    Robi Cano-conut 
    Duwamish Blue Crush
    B-RAD Evans Blueberry

    Go Seahawks.
  • MP June 1, 2016 (9:57 pm)

    1. Alaska Apple, Alaska Freeze, Bonfire on the Beach, The Apple Junction, Boozy Bonfire

    2. (I love the Walk All Ways idea)

    3. Salted WS Summerfest, Banana Bridge

    4. Luna Lime Pie, C Lime Pie, C Line Lime

    5. Aloha on Alki, Elliot Bay Blue, (I also like Blue Alki or Hiawatha Blue!)

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