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Oct 20, 2007 11:05 PM

Where will I find fruit pie in Seattle?

Hello. I have been looking for pie like my grandmother made. What does this mean? Great pie crust...flaky, light and flavorful and filling that tastes like fruit, not sugar. Is there a place in Seattle where I can find such pies? Thank you for your help.

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  1. Simply Desserts in Fremont has a very good 3-berry pie. I have not yet found a commercially available apple pie that passes muster

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    1. re: PAO

      I've bought frozen, unbaked pies in the grocery store, made by somebody local--Biringer Farms? Remlinger Farms? can't recall now--that were pretty good for store-bought. Seems like I got them at QFC or Thriftway. That's pretty vague, I know, but worth a look if they're in your neighborhood.

      1. re: MsMaryMc

        Thank you for the information. We disagree on this pie. As I place this pie in the less than fabulous category. Still, thank you.

      2. re: PAO

        Thank you. Simply Desserts is the only pie that comes close to my grandmother's. Have you had pie anywhere else that is as good?

        1. re: Maine Hofius

          For years I had the idea that there WAS good pie available in restaurants or farmstands, somewhere, and I'd try it in all sort of places, from local restaurants to small town Iowa diners when visiting relatives to, most recently, a farmstand north of Spokane that is well known for it's pies. And it's always bad (okay, sometimes it's edible, but never good). I don't know why this is so hard--pie isn't very hard to make!--but I am absolutely convinced the only way to get good pie is to make it yourself (which I do, so I don't know why I got suckered in to buying it so many times).

          1. re: christy319

            Have you tried Snohomish pie company? Not worth a trip up there but if in the area it is definitely worth it. Very good strawberry rhubarb.

            Snohomish Pie Company
            915 1st St, C Snohomish, WA

          2. re: Maine Hofius

            That's how I feel about it. Simply Desserts' berry pie is the only commercial fruit pie I've had that comes close to my mom's. No, I haven't had as good a fruit pie elsewhere. The Farmhouse Inn, or something like that, up in Skagit County, between Mt Vernon and Anacortes, had some pretty good pies in general--coconut, lemon meringue, that sort of thing, but I don't recall having tried fruit pies there. There also used to be a place in Marysville that had pretty good pies, but now we're talking 35 years ago. Have no idea whether it still exists and if so, whether the pie is any good. Making one's own is still the best bet.

        2. Every now and again, Irwin's coffee-shop and bakery, at 40th and Bagley, has Marionberry pie (wow) and I think I've seen apple there, too.

          1. Shoofly Pie, a (relatively) new pie place opened in West Seattle (4444 California Ave SW) in late summer. I've tried their Strawberry-Rhubarb pie, and was impressed. I am also discerning about a quality crust and filling, and both were very good. Normally I don't even like Strawberry Rhubarb pie at all but I finished my entire piece. Other fruit pie slices from Shoofly Pie have also been tasty.
            They also sell savory pot pies and quiches, both whole or by the slice.
            I haven't tried enough of their selection to say that it's worth a trip over the WS bridge, but if you are in the neighborhood, it's worth a try.

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            1. re: juniebug

              Thank you. The next time I am in West Seattle, I will be certain to give this place a try. Thanks for the address.

              1. re: juniebug

                Immediately as soon as I read the topic the first thing that popped into my head was Shoofly Pie's Strawberry-Rhubarb pie. ITS SO GOOD!!! Its the closest thing you'll find to making it yourself. When I went it was pretty quiet and I was the only one there, but I did go at around 3 p.m. on a weekday. I heard that most of their pies are delivered.

              2. There's a bakery that sells at the Ballard Farmer's Market... Not sure of their name, but they are generally on the East side of the street, down at the south end of the market.

                Now, I don't know if the pies are any good, but, hey, it's worth a try.

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                1. re: jaydeflix

                  This sounds great. I will give them a try next weekend. Thank you.

                  1. re: Maine Hofius

                    For store bought pies, the cherry pie at Whole Foods and the berry pie at Metropolitan Market aren't bad. The crusts aren't as flaky as I make but the fruit is not overly sweet.

                2. The best pie I've had in the Seattle area... well an hour and a half away is Whidbey pies. They have the closest thing to homemade that I have tasted. They even have huckleberry [not the eastern kind the WA red kind] on occasion. They are up at Greenbank Farms. If you're in the area they are worth a stop.

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                  1. re: knowspicker

                    Thank you. I have tried Whidbey Pies. I agree. They are the only store bought pie worth the calories.

                    1. re: Maine Hofius

                      I third the Whidbey pies, they are great. My grandmother made the best pies in the universe, people still talk about them in her town. The closest store-boughten pie I've found is from Wild Wheat Bakery in Kent. In fact, I think WW pies even beat the Greenbank farms ones. Ballard Market used to carry them, but ditched them in favor of Remlinger Farms. Which I agree is an inferior pie. And which reminds me, I should go whine about it and maybe they'll bring them back.