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Pie (Orange, Alamance, or Durham NC)

My wife and I watched Waitress last week and ever since have craved a really good, housemade, freshly baked pie. We were in Chapel Hill tonight and couldn't think of a place that would have one.

Allen and Sons makes a good pie but their hours rule them out as a dessert spot. The key lime pie at Blu is great but seems more of a special case than fitting a general craving. The tarts at Guglehupf, Southern Season, and Weaver Street are good but they aren't pie (is Weaver Street Pie any good?). The pie at Ye Olde Country Kitchen is the only thing there we don't crave.

Fruit pies, custard pies, cream pies...all fine by us. By the slice is ideal but in a pinch we're wiling to get the whole thing if it is really special. Bonus if the place also has good coffee.

Any suggestions?

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  1. I've not tried them, but take a look at the web site, then read the review.

    http://www.piefantasy.com/

    http://www.indyweek.com/gyrobase/Cont...

    I also seem to remember having a pretty good slice of pie at Bullocks BBQ in Durham.

    I've been getting my pie fix from the unfrosted fried pies sold by convenience stores in the Gastonia area. I find it kind of sad that good pie is slipping away from our culture.

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    1. re: blewgo

      Scratch (www.piefantasy.com) has a booth at the Durham Farmer's Market every Saturday. They have the most amazing pies and other baked goods.

    2. Foster's Market in Durham makes delicious fruit pies. (I haven't been to Foster's in Chapel Hill)

      1. Great question! I'm always in search of old-time desserts. Pies are wonderful, and I can't think of a place here in the area (at least my area - Chapel Hill) where you can get a good pie. Hope others give us some leads. I'm lucky...I have a friend who makes wonderful pies! I have such fond memories of a place called "Betty's Pies" in either Minnesota or Wisconsin...can't remember exact place - but oh, those pies!

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        1. re: wintersummer

          In Chapel Hill, while I could take or leave their other food items, I think Mama Dip's make some good pies.

        2. Yeah, the fruit pies at Weaver Street are really good. I'm not a big fan of cream pies, so I can't fairly evaluate theirs.

          1. I vote for the Barbecue Joint. I actually go there more for the sides and pie than for the BBQ!

            1. Francesca's Cafe on Ninth St. in Durham usually has a few good pies in their regular rotation of housemade desserts. They do have good coffee and housemade ice cream/gelato, so it's my favorite place in Durham to get a piece of pecan or apple pie a la mode.

              Elmo's usually has a few pies for dessert

              FWIW, if I want to bring a pie for a pot-luck, I often pick one up at Costco. A pumpkin pie is $7-8 and is pretty good. They have other whole pies for sale there, too (apple, blueberry, key lime).

              1. I'll second Foster's in Durham for pie selection but I cannot vouch for the tastiness. They certainly look good. When I go to a pot luck, I show the peeps that I care about them and make a pie from scratch.

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                1. re: Shag Waits

                  I usually do care enough to bake from scratch, but every once in awhile, an impromptu pot-luck calls for an impromptu pie. ;)

                2. try tasty bakery in graham they have been around for 50 year and they have the best chess pies around!

                  1. Does Whole Foods make pie? I like Weaver Street's Apple pie, but that is the only one from there I have had. Are you counting tarts as pies as well? I believe that Southern Season would have those.

                    1. Scratch Bakery in Durham. Phoebe Lawless baked at Magnolia Grill for years and most recently sold her pies at the Durham Farmers' Market. Try her chocolate and sea salt tart. Yum!

                      1. The C & H Cafeteria on Guess Road in Durham (just behind Northgate Mall) has very good chocolate cream pie--and for cheap, too. Francesca's on Ninth Street in Durham has good pie as well, and they are open late.

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                        C & H Cafeteria
                        1720 Guess Rd, Durham, NC 27701

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                        1. re: pauldude_in_durham

                          Yes, I just had cherry from their dessert bar.
                          I find Whole Foods pies too sweet for my Northern taste buds; I also don't care very much for Weaver St's pies. I really recommend the European apple tarte tatin & wild blueberry pie from Trader Joe's.

                        2. Check out PieBird in Raleigh. They make both sweet and savory pies.
                          http://piebirdraleigh.com/Site/Menu.html

                          Not yet tasted a decent coconut cream pie made in O, A, or D counties.

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                          1. re: PlaceYourBets

                            Bob's Bar-B-Q in Creedmoor has good pies as well.

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                            Bar-B-Q
                            3870 E First St, Blue Ridge, GA 30513

                            1. re: PlaceYourBets

                              Have you tried the one from Scratch? It's coconut cream with a chocolate crust. I tend not to be quite as enamored with her pies as others are, but I REALLY like that one (and some assorted other ones).