MSP- We need pie!
That was going to be my suggestion, also -- Byerly's / Lund's Haralson apple pie. So far it's the best I've found in the cities. Otherwise:
Fruit pies - Turtle Bread (especially their blueberry rhubarb)
Cream pies - Birchwood (banana, coconut, and I think I even had an orange (!?) cream pie a year ago that was amazing)
French silk pie - Baker's Sqaure, surprisingly, is still my favorite.
With so many good apple varieties here, I have recently been making apple pies, another thing you might consider. Wedge has had some nice organic granny smiths over the past few weeks. Super easy -- 4-6 apples, ~1 cup sugar, juice of a lemon, ~1 tbsp flour, ~1 tsp salt, cinnamon to taste -- mix it all together, TASTE it and adjust, then throw it in a pre-made pie shell for ~45-55 minutes at 375. Adjust ratios of sugar and cinnamon based on your preference and the types of apples you're using that week. I've found granny smiths to be more tart than haralson.
re: Chris Mitra
Birchwood does make an outrageous banana cream pie. Somehow it seems
never to be featured though when I've gone the last bunch of times. They
did tell me they'd make one for $30. I would say it would be money well
spent. Just to be clear, I would be spending the money not only because it
tasted and looked great, but to avoid the big list of chemicals in pies like
Baker's Square has.
I love the Key Lime Pie at the Birchwood Cafe. Seward Co-op also makes a great key lime pie. I've seen huge slices of pie (apple and banana cream) at Carol's, and I hear that Jerabek's has good pie - but alas, I'm not an expert on pie. I want to be an expert, but there's only so much time (and calories) in a day. My current focus is chocolate.
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