Best Pumpkin Pie
I was told recently that there is a Half Moon Bay Bakery that served the best Pumpkin Pie in the area, but only bake it during the month of October. I am wondering if anyone know what is the name of the bakery and also your vote for the best pumpkin pie in the bay area.
I haven't tried Half Moon Bays...but I think "Fat Apple's" is the best I have had !
They have 2 locations
Fat Apple's Restaurant - 0.8 miles N - 1346 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Berkeley, 94709 - (510) 526-2260
Fat Apple's Restaurant - 2.5 miles NW - 7525 Fairmount Ave, El Cerrito, 94530 - (510) 528-3433
re: ChowFun (derek)
Hmm, but Fatapples is in the Bay Area. But yeah food is great. Haven't had the pies in a while though.
In OC, people seem to like the Filling Station's pies. Personally am not a fan, but I totally get whipped for that opinion hehe. Portions are huge though, which I like.
LA times just did a story on Oak Glen if anyone is doing an apple pie...
re: Oakland Barb
Is the pie available now at Crixa? Do they sell by the piece? Last year some publication mentioned they had the best pumpkin pie in the Bay Area.
I like Fatapples pumpkin pie too. The texture of the filling is rich and creamy. If you like a spicy pie though, the spice is mild.
My fallback is always Sconehenge which sells at Berkeley Bowl and at their bakery up the street. There is almost an eggnog note to the filling.
Tried Masa's pumpkin 'pie'. Lovely, tasty little pumpkin tart decorated with a pretty leaf cut out. However it is a tart and not a pie. It didn't give me my pumpkin pie rush.
re: Oakland Barb
Well, so far ... I haven't tried Lolas yet.
Really being a traditionist in terms of pumpkin pie, don't mess with perfection, I was a little dismayed to see Crixa had a deep dish pie (pic below). I was ready and raring to hate it.
Every good thing about pumpkin pie is in there ... deep pumpkin flavor, rich custardiness, the perfect balance of spices, the lightest notes of brown sugar and perhaps maple syrup or molasses (but not obnoxious). The buttery deep dish crust worked so well, enough to contain the pumpkin filling.
In this old Chowhound link, the poster says
"And it was--superlatives always risky--maybe the best pumpkin pie I've ever had: perfect crust, rich, sweet-but-not-too-sweet, full pumpkin taste, creamy. I had one of those almost painful experiences, where with each delicious bite, you realize that soon it will be gone!"
Geez, I remembered that 2003 post. Here's a link to the Crixa website and their description. Glad they offer slices since it would have been a major decision to purchase a whole pie unsampled.
You may be thinking of Half Moon Bay Coffee Company. They have amazing pies. I don't know if they only serve pumpkin during October. Well let me restate that, I know they make it for Thanksgiving, but maybe only October-November.