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A great new cafe and pie shop opened at 25th and Mission: Mission Pie. It's a pretty, cosy spot with a selection of three kinds of organic, fair-trade coffee, a nice variety of teas, and pumpkin, apple and walnut pies as well as pastries and organic fruit and juice.

The great thing about this place--other than being a great place to stop in for coffee on your way to BART in the morning--is that it's a venture started by the Pie Ranch folks. Pie Ranch is a farm dedicated not only to sustainable agriculture, but also to "inspire youth to transform their relationships to food,and to work with their communities in building healthier local food systems."

The pies are made with ingredients from the ranch, the workers are Mission High students who have been working on the farm, and while I sound like a PR flack, I'm not connected to the place in any way. I just had a great cup of coffee and a slice of pie this afternoon, and wanted to encourage Hounds in the neighborhood to stop in.

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  1. Is this the place on the corner, next to the Southern Exposure gallery?

    1. Yes, it is the place next to Southern Exposure. I've been excited about it because Joe, the owner of Destination Baking, is heavily involved with the project and makes incredibly great pie.

      1. Thanks, which pie did you try?

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        1. re: Melanie Wong

          I had the apple pie--great flaky crust and big chunks of tart apples. The tart I wanted to try but had no buy-in form my crew was an Italian dessert tart made with chard, raisins, rum and lemon.

          I'm thinking pie for breakfast on my way to work!

        2. i just ate a slice of the apple pie. the filling was very bright and tart, which is how i like it. but i could see some people objecting, thinking there was too much lemon in the filling. the crust was sweet and flaky. thankfully it wasn't overwhelmed with cinnamon, which i think is the most common failing of apple pies. i didn't see any walnut pie, which i probably would've tried. i should've asked. there was pumpkin, but after the holidays...blah. they also sell single serving savory pies. flavors i saw were rosemary beef, spinach and cheese, and a veggie curry. i was going to buy the beef one, but i've got another cold pie of a different sort leftover in the fridge: a pizza

          the pie ranch people that opened this place have high school kids staffing the store. the girl working the register had clearly just been taught how to use it and seemed shy, so things may be a bit slow until they get confident and practiced, so be patient and smile. it's not just tasty pie, it' s a worthy cause as well. and right around the corner from my house! i'm in trouble.

          1. I went yesterday--what a great place to have in the neighborhood. They offered apple, pumpkin and walnut sweet pies as well as some savory pies. It was $3.50 per slice or $18 per pie, which may seem a little pricey considering this isn't 18th and Guerrero, but I thought it was well worth it for a big slab of pie made with organic apples. And a good cause to boot!

            My slice of apple had the perfect balance of tart-sweet and a crispy crust. Too often I find apple pies either too mushy, too lemony, or a bit soapy-tasting, but this was really wonderful. The clerk said the pies are made by a guy named Joe who owns a bakery in Glen Park.

            The clerk seemed like a Mission hipster type to me--I didn't see any high school-aged kids working here.

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            1. re: pane

              As I posted above, that bakery is Destination Baking and Joe is the owner. Tartine doesn't make fruit pies (addressing your mention of 18th & Guerrero) and their cream pies (tarts, they call them) are $28 for a 9".

              1. re: Atomica

                Tartine does make apple pies actually.

                I tried the apple galettes, which were $5 each. They were elegant (nicer looking than a slice of pie) and decent tasting. The savory pies looked interesting, but they were $5.75, which seemed a little steep.

                Good tea selection, and it's a sunny little corner, with later hours than most of the bakeries nearby.

                1. re: Windy

                  The savory pies are made by someone other than Joe from Destination. The ingredients do sound interesting, but the presentation isn't pleasing to my eye. I want to SEE the filling. These are fully enclosed, carrying-around pies.

                  Joe also makes incredible berry pies, so watch for those in the future. I didn't notice if Mission Pie has an a la mode option, but they'd better work on that if they don't. I think I'll stop back for the walnut. When I was in, they only had 2 types of apple (pie & galette) and 2 types of pumpkin (small & large). I think it's too late for pumpkin pie, and I can't stand it anyway. Someone who popped in while I was there asked if they were going to have cream pies. I know the employees are writing down everything customers are interested in seeing.

                  How much does Tartine charge for an apple pie? I'm there pretty frequently and I've never seen one.

                  1. re: Windy

                    The Mission kids work in the shop after school and on weekends --but I think there's only five of them so far.

                  2. re: Atomica

                    Thanks for the clarification on Destination--I'll have to check it out if I'm in Glen Park. On the Tartine comment, I was referring to them, but also the fact that that businesses in that strip (Delfina, BiRite, etc.) have, in general, higher prices than you'll find in the 25th & Mission area.

                    I think a person (like me) who might otherwise pick up a treat at Tartine or BiRite won't flinch at $3.50 for a slice of pie, but others might find it steep compared to restaurants and shops in the immediate vicinity.

                2. thanks, all, for this good news. As a former pie builder, let me just say that a properly packed apple pie easily gets four lbs of fruit, and the success of the shop will depend as usual on drawing clientele with sufficient discretionary income. We'll be there to try the goods. cheers

                  1. today i swung by and picked up a slice of the walnut pie. i've only had pecans in pie before, so this was a nice departure. nice balance between the sweet filling and the slightly bitter walnuts. i picked up one of the apple galettes, but haven't eaten it yet. but judging from the apple pie i had on my first visit, it should be delicious. i love that this place is just around the corner from my apartment.

                    1. The savory pies you mention are from Mystipies. They are South African meat and vegetable pies filled with fragrant curries and flavorful roasted meats. Mystipies also sells at Alemany Farmers Market on Saturdays now and has other Cape Town specialties like Samosas and Malay influenced curries. She does her cooking around the corner from Mission Pie out of La Cocina Community Kitchen, another great non-profit food project in the hood. You can see a picture of Yumna making her pies in January Saveur Magazine.

                      1. I passed by one night on my way to class at the Mission Cultural Center I saw Mission Pie. The next night we craved pie and my fiance was on a quest. I had the apple which was very good. Tart, organic apples and a flakey, slightly sweet crust. The trim crust was a little on the thick side, enough so I avoided it the both times I've tried this place. My fiancé tried the pumpkin which was not too sweet and has more of a true pumkin taste! My next mission is to try the savory pies. The service is good and the kids helping make the pies and helping serve are doing a great job!..Pie Maker Joe has another bakery in the Glen Park area, where I was born and raised. Check it out on a sleepy weekend morning and your tummy won't regret it!

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                        1. re: Bananacreampie

                          speaking of banana cream pie, someone brought me a slice of exactly that last night, so they're expanding outside of the apple, pumpkin, and walnut trinity. and yes it was very, very good. very rich custard filling under a meringue blanket.

                        2. After consuming untold quantities of the volcano dish at El Delfin last night, I woke up strangely famished and wandered over to Mission Pie for a breakfast treat. Monday through Thursday they open at 7 a.m., a boon to neighborhood denizens on the way to work via BART.

                          The pies are available, should you be interested in a slice this early, but I was more taken with traditional breakfast foods. They offer both savory and sweet scones as well as an assortment of muffins.

                          I couldn't decide between the currant scone or blueberry muffin. I asked the woman managing the counter to describe the scone. I love the scones I make at home, but sometimes find bakery scones taste like sawdust held together by butter. Instead of describing the scone, she offered me a hunk of a cheddar-herb scone that had been rejected because it baked a bit too long.

                          It was a serious scone. Perfectly savory, neither too dry nor too oily, the right ratio of fruit to scone. I bought the currant version and then devoured it on BART. You can probably find a crumb trail leading to my office.

                          Go try Mission Pie--especially if you're lucky enough to live in the hood, near 24th Street BART.

                          1. Once again, I just have to say how much I love this place.

                            The coffee is great. I think the sweet scones are my favorite in the city, and my son had a slice of such good banana-cream pie that I was tempted to buy a whole one to bring home.

                            Right now there's a table with all the fixings to make valentines. Need I say more?

                            1. I got a slice of their apple pie to go on Saturday. It was decent, but I have
                              to say it was greatly improved by the scoop of dulce de leche ice cream
                              I added back at the Bat Cave. Truly a case of "greater than the sum
                              of it's parts."

                              Has anybody tried those meat pies/savory pies they carry? The are about $6,
                              come if at least 3-4 flavors ... the company is called something like Mystic or Mythic Pie?
                              Is that a separate organization or a related company? [I noticed the same line of
                              pies carried at the newish Sugar Lump cafe on 24th, http://www.sugarlumpcoffeelounge.com/,
                              so I assume it's an independent operation like Peasant Pies.]

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                              1. re: psb

                                See Xilonem's post (scroll up) about Mystipies. These are made by a woman who was able to start her business by taking advantage of La Cocina, a nonprofit community kitchen where entrepreneur cooks can use a professional kitchen rather than making their wares in their home kitchen.

                                1. re: psb

                                  Yesterday we had the Rosemary Beef Mystipie and a savory scone; both were delicious. The scone was day-old and discounted; warmed - it was soft and buttery with bits of green pepper and tasted perfectly delicious. The beef pie was rich chunks of beef wrapped in a flaky crust; I could eat this every day. We went home with a slice of the Pear Raspberry pie; too sweet for me but just fine for my DH. Service is sweet and very personable.

                                  1. re: psb

                                    I tried the chicken curry and didn't love it. Didn't have it heated up, which might have improved it, but the crust is too thick for me. Worth noting I'm not a big pie eater.

                                    I've continued to try things (apple raspberry pie was tasty--liked everything but the crust) and liked them more than loved them. It's a sweet space though, and the people couldn't be nicer.

                                    It's not Tartine or Arizmendi, but it's nearby and the hours (open until 9 or 10) are ideal if you need to pick up dessert on your way somewhere,

                                    1. re: psb

                                      I really liked the two Mystipies I've tried: rosemary beef and chicken mushroom. Both were heated, with a tender, flaky crust and nicely flavored fillings. They are huge -- too big for a snack, perfect to split with someone at breakfast, if you lean savory for that meal.

                                    2. Wanted to weigh in- we discovered Mission Pie somewhat by accident this weekend while looking for someplace to have a proper breakfast. Liked the look of it and wandered in. My dining companion had the Pear Raspberry pie and a mocha. I had a mini-Walnut tartlette and a Chai Latte (Nonfat milk.) The pies were both delicious and the Pear Raspberry was served with fresh whipped cream (as was the mocha.) Not too sweet, which I liked. Fruit cooked to perfection. The walnut pie was delicious as well. They got the chai tea right, nice and spicy and not too sweet.

                                      They have swapped Pumpkin out for Sweet Potato, and plan to change the pies out as new things come into season (eg. strawberries!) The woman working, who is one of 3 non-management, non-student employees that run the shop in the mornings, wasn't sure what the next pies would be. She also said next for the company is to move into the space they also occupy with an entrance on Mission St. (which is their official address, so if you see a Mission St address listed for them, ignore it at this time and enter on 25th St.) There, they will bake on-site and likely expand offerings.

                                      In all, a great slice of pie ($18 for whole pies to go), great for coffee drinks, nice ambiance, great cause, good people. I wholly support Mission Pie! It was the perfect tide-me-over to a late lunch.

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                                      1. re: Chowsmurf

                                        I had friends over for dinner last night who brought a Mission Pie sweet potato pie for dessert. Not being a fan of pumpkin pie, I was intrigued. I didn't have any whipping cream. The flavor of this plain little pie was out of this world. Just the right spicing (nutmeg and??) and definitely a background of orange flavor, probably orange zest. I've seen orange zest drying on racks at Destination Bakery. It was the biggest pastry "wow" I've had in quite a while.

                                      2. This is the only specific Mission Pie thread I see, so I'm posting this here even though the thread is kind of old.

                                        Last night I purchased a Pear-Raspberry pie, which was very good. Quite sweet (adding ice cream would have made it too sweet, I fear), but very good. To clarify for Mission Pie frequenters, this is different from the Pear Ginger pie they've had recently.

                                        But the main reason I'm posting is (new to me) Shaker Lemon pie. This uses the whole Meyer lemon, skin and pith and fruit. I bought one piece to take home, and it was a revelation. Perfect levels of tart and sweet and intense flavor. If you like lemon desserts, this pie is really worth making a special trip.

                                        ETA: They also were selling Meyer lemons in a basket next to the order counter.

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                                        1. re: Atomica

                                          That sounds really good, love the lemons. I am amazed that you made it home without devouring before hand.

                                          Thanks for posting, must head down today.

                                          1. re: Lori SF

                                            Excellent--I'd love to hear your opinion. It's only January, but I'm quite sure this lemon pie will be on my best bites of 2008 list. It's good with their whipped cream, which isn't overly sweet (I don't think they add any sugar to it at all).