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Sep 20, 2006 06:47 PM

Where can you get some lemon meringue pie in this town?

I know Liberty does banana cream pie, and Cafe Maritime has good coconut cream pie, but what about lemon meringue?

Thanks for any ideas.

Oh, and please no Sweet Inspirations. Those desserts don't really inspire me.

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  1. It's not lemon meringue, but Tartine has a lemon cream pie: I have had the chocolate and coconut cream pies and they are the best I've had anywhere.

    Back to the lemon meringue - a friend bought a Marie Callender's pie for a dinner and it was quite good. There is a Marie Callender's at the Serramonte Mall in Daly City.

    What about lemon pies that are not eggy? I wonder if anyone has any suggestions. There used to be a pie shop on 24th Street between Mission and Folsom (?) where they used to sell a variety of pies. Too bad the shop closed because I still remember their simple lemon and apricot pies.

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    1. re: Mari

      As long as we're recommending places outside SF proper, Nation's Giant Hamburgers ( ) makes excellent lemon meringue pies (in the classic style, not upscale, frou-frou pies). Very reasonably priced, too. I guess the closest one would be Daly City (actually, depending on where you are in the City, the closest may be Jack London Square, which is a not very long but not very pleasant walk from the 12th street BART station).

      1. re: Ruth Lafler

        I liked Nation's pies when I was a kid and didn't know what a good homemade pie was like, but the last time I tasted one I was grossed out. They're classic in the sense of cardboard-tasting bleached flour and partially-hydrogenated shortening crust that's a bit overworked.

        1. re: Ruth Lafler

          Yeah Ruth I'm with you on the Nation's pies - Deeply lemony, tart and tangy with a light, frothy meringue that is nicely browned on top. I had a slice just a few weeks ago and it was delicious.

          FatApples is slightly better, because they have a better crust, but Nation's is right up there.

        2. re: Mari

          Tartine does make a lemon meringue cake.

        3. Bakesale Betty's makes real pie. Dunno about meringue.

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          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            My cousin loves lemon meringue and he goes goo goo eyed over Fat Apple's pie. Closes to you would be MLK and Rose in Berkeley.

            1. re: chocolatetartguy

              Yeah, FatApples makes a nice Lemon Merangue pie but it is in the East Bay.

              Another one of those ... it is not lemon meringue, but

              Bay Breads makes the most wonderful lemon tart. The lemon filling reminds me of the lemon merinque pies my grandmother made ... but without the merinque ... and a tart ... it's about the lemon taste for me here.

              1. re: rworange

                Where is Bay Breads? You mean Boulangerie?

                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                  I got a lime tart at Boulangerie yesterday that was pretty good.

                  1. re: Robert Lauriston

                    Yep. I usually go to the original location on Pine which is called Bay Bread. Although I'll probably be frequenting the Marin location now.


                    1. re: rworange

                      Bakesale Betty and Downtown Bakery do a similar-looking lemon tart. I can vouch for Downtown Bakery's being great.

                        1. re: rworange

                          The recipe for Downtown Bakery's (or a very close relative) is in Chez Panisse Desserts.

            2. Whole Foods might make one...the San Mateo WF makes mini lemon meringue tarts that are good, but I think you have to pre-order a normal sized pie. Availability varies from store to store though.

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              1. re: Ludovika

                boulettes larder in the ferry building makes delicious lemon meringue tarts. if you want to ensure a whole one, call them 48 hours beforehand and they will make you one.

              2. TownsEnd makes an excellent lemon meringue pie but it is not always on the menu.

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                1. re: rworange

                  Thanks all for the posts--I went to boulette's for the lemon tart (they were kind and put it on hold for me until the afternoon)--while gorgeous (you should see how perfect the meringue was), delicious, and decadent (shortbread crust, oh my!) the quest for PIE IN SAN FRANCISCO continues. Looks like TownsEnd is the answer until I make it over to the 510 some day, thanks!

                  1. re: contessa

                    Thanks for the feedback and looking forward to your further discoveries. You know, that Whole Foods idea might not be so bad. They do some pretty decent stuff in the bakery, though I haven't tried the lemon meringue that I remember ... and if I did then it wasn't memorably bad.

                    If it is not just lemon meringue, but all pies, long ago The Grove had some very tasty pies, but don't know if that is still true. They were two crust pies and basic stuff like apple or berry.

                2. On a quest for LMP a couple of years ago, Fog City Diner was able to sell me a full one with a little notice.