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Pie (Phx)

yamalam Mar 3, 2009 08:12 AM

I had a pie craving this weekend and had to go to - blech- Marie Callendar's to satisfy my joneses. Needless to say, I'm still feening and my oven is broken, help!

Where do you go for great pie in Phoenix?

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    azveggieguy RE: yamalam Mar 3, 2009 10:02 AM

    If you're willing to go out of your way, the Rock Springs Cafe (the I-17 exit just before Black Canyon City) has pie to die for. Well worth the drive!


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      AguasFrescas RE: azveggieguy Mar 5, 2009 12:52 PM

      I tried Rock Springs about a year ago, wasn't blown away. But I had also heard that it had changed ownership and wasn't what it used to be. I didn't try the Jack Daniel's pecan though, I will give it another try.

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        mamakats RE: azveggieguy Mar 28, 2009 07:33 PM

        The pie at Rock Springs has remained, for me, a lovely and memorable experience that brightened a bad trip on the 1-17!

      2. azhotdish RE: yamalam Mar 3, 2009 12:12 PM

        when i think of homemade pie, the first place i think of is iowa cafe.

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          modthyrth RE: azhotdish Mar 4, 2009 06:25 PM

          The owner of the Iowa Cafe told us that she doesn't make her fillings from scratch--she doctors canned fillings. I can tell. Now, I haven't been there for a few years, so perhaps things have changed. But so far, I haven't found pie worth eating in Arizona anywhere outside of my own kitchen.

          I do need to try Rock Springs Cafe on my way up to visit family in Prescott one of these times! I've heard good things about them before; we'll see if they live up to my standards. ;-)

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            recipelover RE: modthyrth Mar 21, 2009 09:34 AM

            The former owner of the Iowa Cafe made her own pies. When she sold the place she kept the pie contract. Since then the pies may be made by someone else.

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          angiemail RE: yamalam Mar 3, 2009 01:51 PM

          During the holidays, I've enjoyed delicious pies from Wicked Witch Bakery (sold year-round).

          Wicked Witch Bakery-P.O. Box Address
          3003 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ

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            ipsedixit RE: angiemail Mar 3, 2009 02:13 PM

            Wicked is closed ...

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              angiemail RE: ipsedixit Mar 4, 2009 08:47 AM

              That's a shame. I'm on their e-mail list, but the last info I received was a bread pudding promo a little over a month ago. However, the site confirms the sad news. Hopefully, they will re-open.

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                ajs228 RE: ipsedixit Mar 17, 2009 11:21 PM

                Ipsy, I think you're thinking of Wicked bakery on Cave Creek Rd. This looks like a different address.

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                  hohokam RE: ajs228 Mar 18, 2009 07:44 AM

                  That address is likely just a mailing address for the business. There's a mailbox hosting/shipping services business (U Got Mail) at the Central Ave address, which as far as I know, has never housed a bakery.

                  Looks like the places database selects the Central Ave address rather than the physical address on Cave Creek when "Witch" is included as a search term.

                  Wicked Bakery & Cafe
                  14848 N Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, AZ

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              Bax RE: yamalam Mar 5, 2009 02:11 PM

              I haven't tried the regular fruit pies but the chocolate cream at My Mother's Restaurant (19th Ave. just north of Indian School) is definitely a guilty pleasure. HUGE slices too, if that's important to you (one piece usually lasts me 3-4 days!). Before my boyfriend went vegan he was a fan of their banana cream -- big chunks of banana. Mmmmpie!

              1. yamalam RE: yamalam Mar 5, 2009 08:04 PM

                What a bummer. Well, I'll try My Mother's, thanks for the rec.

                1. yamalam RE: yamalam Mar 16, 2009 02:56 PM

                  Don't you love it when you answer your own question-

                  Welcome Diner has awesome pie with homemade whipped cream for $3 a piece Thursdays-Sundays. I had an awesome piece of apple-citrus pie there last week. Amazing crust.

                  I love Welcome Diner

                  1. epicurina RE: yamalam Mar 17, 2009 11:55 AM

                    Though it certainly lacks in the way of ambiance and has oddball hours, Linda's on Osborn (hidden in plain sight on 24th St. & Osborn) has delish blueberry pie.

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                      Bax RE: epicurina Mar 17, 2009 04:51 PM

                      Y'know, I was a little disappointed with Linda's. Once upon a time like Yamalam I'd found myself with a pie craving and figured "Linda's sign has a picture of a pie on it! That must be the place to go!" But whatever I had (I don't remember; it was a year or two ago. Something fruity. Cherry?) was just ok. Crust was kinda soggy & bleh, like it'd been sitting wrapped in plastic too long. Overall not bad, just unremarkable & unmemorable. Haven't had the blueberry, tho'.

                      I've also been disappointed by Iowa Cafe in the past. Their lemon chess was just WEIRD.

                      Yamalam, did you try My Mother's yet? I'd be interested to hear what you think. Thanks to this thread I indulged in a slice of their chocolate cream recently. Crust was flaky and nice. Chocolate could stand to be a little more chocolaty, I guess, but overall pleasantly creamy & satisfying. Not gourmet by any means, but then that isn't what I was looking for. More like something your "gramma" (or Mother, I s'pose!) would whip up.

                      Welcome Diner...hmmm...seems like last time I went there they gave me a free piece of pie for some reason...my order took too long or they didn't have something I'd wanted...? I don't remember. I have a vague memory of enjoying the pie, tho'. Maybe I'll have to give 'em another try one day soon. Unfortunately, current Welcome Diner still can't live up to original Welcome Diner and no matter how good/cute/nice the place is now it still can't compete with my memories of how it used to be.

                      Anyone know what chef Pete Deyo is up to these days? I ask this from time to time but no one ever has a reply for me. I'd kill to have another of his basil/tomato/grilled cheese sandwiches. So simple yet so amazing. Oh my.

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                      recipelover RE: yamalam Mar 21, 2009 08:45 AM

                      I have my favorite stores/restaurants for store bought pies in the Phoenix area.
                      They are Coco's restaurant, Costco...yes Costco, AJ's Fine Foods, Marie Callanders frozen pies, and Betty's berry pies (my m-i-l). All are better than most bakeries.

                      I have eaten pie at Linda's and the Iowa cafe and will not bother to go there again.


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                        mmcooks RE: yamalam Mar 24, 2009 12:32 PM

                        Try the deer valley airport restaurant

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