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Seeking great pie in Scottsdale (preferably) or Phoenix

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Have company coming and they love fruit pies. I'm new to the area and could use help in buying a good dessert. Have any recommendations for me?

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  1. Believe it or not, the best apple pie I've ever had is the frozen one at Trader Joe's. My family really knows their apple pies, and they also agree it's the best they've ever had. They should be getting them in for T-Giving right about now. Don't let the low price deter you. If you're doubtful, they're cheap enough to get one to test before-hand.

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    Trader Joe's
    4821 N 20th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016

    1. This month is when Wildflower Bakery takes orders for their holiday pies, I have resorted to them quite happily in the past. They typically do one apple, one nut, and one pumpkin variation -- quite large, and with premium ingredients. I would give them a call and see what their pie plans are this year.

      I adore berry pies and am looking for a source, if anyone has suggestions for me as well--?

      1. The lack of action on this thread proves my longstanding belief that Phoenix is seriously lacking in quality bakeries. There's Simply Bread and...... Arizona Bread Co? No corner bakeries in Phoenix.

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        Simply Bread
        2117 N 24th St, Phoenix, AZ 85008

        Arizona Bread Co
        315 W Elliot Rd # 108, Tempe, AZ

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        1. re: tabe1978

          Karsh's is a pretty decent corner bakery although I don't think they have pies. They do, however, make a great bobka (only chocolate, no cinnamon).

          1. re: avandelay

            Even here in the Oakland-Berkeley area, where great bakeries (e.g., Masses, Cheeseboard, La Farine, Crixa, Bread Garden) abound, I've found that most do not offer pies. Lots of beautiful (non-fondant wrapped) cakes, tarts, galettes, breads, scones, muffins, cookies, croissants and other small pastries in the cases, but few pies.

            1. re: avandelay

              Karsh's DOES do pies. However, if you want pies for a holiday (Thanksgiving) you have to call and order before hand. Their apple pie is huge and excellent. Their pumpkin pie, not so much. I can make better pumpkin at home.

          2. I've had the pies recommended to me at Mother's (19th Avenue North of Indian School, on the West side). Everything is made from scratch.

            1. Oh, hey. A few days after you started this thread, there was an article in the paper stating that Rock Springs Cafe, up in Black Canyon, now has their pies available online. They will FedEx them or hold for pickup. Link with pie varieties:

              http://rockspringscafe.com/pies.html

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              Rock Springs Cafe
              35769 S Old Black Canyon Hwy Black Cyn, City, AZ

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              1. re: themis

                The last time I stopped there I wanted something different from the run-of-the-mill fruit pies so tried their "Tennessee Lemon." It's like a lemon custard and is really delicious.