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who has the best PIE in SF/Bay Area???

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I am desperately seeking the best pie around and welcome all input. I am thinking of berry and other fruit pies, but cream pie and nut pie recommendations are also appreciated.

Thank you for helping me on this quest!!

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  1. I'm partial to the pies at Walker's Pie Shop on Solano Avenue in Albany. They usually have about a dozen different kinds each day - fruit, creams, pecan, and even frozen pot pies (chicken and beef). Whole pies run around $11-12.

    1. Liberty Cafe in Bernal Hts. makes wonderful pies--they have a bakery out back that may also sell slices/full pies if the restaurant has any extras. Chow and park chow do a good banana butterscotch cream pie. I love the fruit galettes that the Downtown Bakery in Healdsburg sells-can get at Embarcadero farmer's market on sat. mornings. (Yes, they're back--were gone for a few weeks, but have returned)

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      1. re: Dixie Day

        Duarte's Tavern in Pescadero serves great olallieberry pie. You can also get good olallieberry and other pies at Norm's Market in Pescadero.

        Liberty Cafe's pies are very good. I like the apple -- also their chicken pot pie is delicious.

        1. re: Nancy Berry

          Liberty Cafe has an amazing chicken potpie which I had last week. It's huge but I ate practically all of it anyway. It seems like they thicken their chicken potpie sauce with pureed beans. Though I appreciated this from a lower fat perspective, that was negated when I thought about how much butter has got to be in their crust as it's just so good.

          I had heard that the chef from Liberty Cafe went over to Cafe Monk where I ate last week. Though I had intended to get their chicken pot pie, I was tempted instead by the soft shell crab, my all time favorite crustacean. I believe Cafe Monk's chicken pot pie actually has noodles in it whereas Liberty's does not. If it tastes anything like Liberty Cafe's, I'm getting it for sure next time.

      2. My vote for best pies goes to Upper Crust in Marin. Can get their pies at Mollie Stones in Sausalito, plus a couple of organic grocers in the city.

        The Berry Supreme is divine...

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        1. re: Fatemeh

          I have to agree with you on the Upper Crust pies. I used to work at Harvest Market where we sold those pies and I had a deal with some of the guys who stocked them that they'd "accidentally" drop one so that it was "imperfect" and we couldn't sell it and, oh, gee, I'd have to take it home with me. I agree that the berry supreme is the best pie I've ever eaten. The only restaurant I've been to that serves them is next door to Harvest at the Bagdad Cafe. Do you know of others?

          thanks for all the replies!
          sara

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          Nathan Landau

          Can I post a reply to a thread this old? The pie question has often bedeviled me, especially at night. One good place in the East Bay is Fatapple's, which has branches at Martin Luther King & Cedar in Berkeley and Colusa & Fairmont in El Cerrito. They make a very fine ollalieberry pie and other fruit and desert pies as their fancy takes them.

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          1. re: Nathan Landau

            Yes, and thanks for posting. I'm glad you're giving the site a good read. Once you get caught up on the older posts, you can keep current by using the Hot Posts feature (follow the link below). This will link to the new messages posted since the date you select. Replies to older posts such as this one are easy to spot - that's how I found this one!

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              Caitlin McGrath

              Thanks indeed for picking up this old thread to recommend Fatapple's olallieberry pie, which has been a favorite of mine for many, many years.