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I'm heading to some friend's for dinner on Saturday night and they asked me to bring a fruit pie. Apple, blueberry, cherry whatever they are not specifying. And I realize I haven't a clue on where to get a good pie. There are those gigunda pies at Costco that are ok for a crowd. I think the pies at Fairway are pretty feh (not good!). So where is it good to get pies in Brooklyn?

I live in Ditmas Park but I'm pretty open to traveling somewhere for the pie. Thanks!

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  1. Here is a thead with some recommendations from earlier this year. It turns out there are some options. I would not recommend the baking at Fairway.

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/646893

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    1. re: jen kalb

      That's a big help, Jen. Thanks! When I did a search for "pie" for some reason that thread did not come up. Not sure what I did wrong but I certainly appreciate the hand and especially the pie.

      1. re: KingsKetz

        you didnt do anything wrong, for some reason the search feature is next to useless now. better to go up to the google box.

        1. re: jen kalb

          FWIW, Trader Joe's looked like a quality deal.

          1. re: Mike R.

            yes and no. Admittedly Ive not bought in Brooklyn but you have to be careful - I have bought a couple of spoiled Pies at TJs (which they took back).
            Its always a problem buying moist stuff wrapped in plastic.

    2. Let me apologize for this vague response. I remember seeing a pie shack somewhere along the 7th Ave and Ft Hamilton Parkway merge (around the 70's?). It was on a corner. Does anyone know what I'm talking about, or has anyone bought a pie from these folks? Does anyone know if Carolina Kitchen Store or Mrs. Maxwell's makes good fruit pies?

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      1. re: bigmackdaddy

        I think there is (or was ), a place that features ices in the warmer months and pie during the cooler months.

      2. I've gotten some good Pumpkin pies from the Stop and Shop on Tilden by Flatbush Ave. They have an onsite bakery

        1. Just my opinion, but if you are going to dinner at someone's home, I think you need to pick up a pie from a bakery and not a supermarket.

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          1. re: Val55

            The bakery is in the supermarket

            1. re: Jack_

              hehe nice!

              1. re: Jack_

                I have to agree with Val55 on this. It's more a matter of perception than taste

                1. re: Tay

                  Well this is past the OP's time period but since he/she lives in Ditmas Park there is John's on Cortelyou Rd. I don't think as tasty as the Stop and Shop Bakery but it is a real stand alone bakery if that's what you want

                  1. re: Jack_

                    In truth, I happen to agree with you. We just had a delicious B-Day cake from the S&S in Holmdel. No doubt some supermarkets have really upgraded their bakeries. It's just an 'image' perception.

                    1. re: Tay

                      Personally, I wouldn't feel comfortable walking in to a friend's house with a supermarket pie, but I guess it depends on the friend. I saw some good reviews of The Blue Stove on Graham in Williamsburg and stopped in on our way to dinner @ a friend's house. It looks more coffee shop than bakery, and the selection was limited, but the pies looked outrageous. Like the one's from the cartoons left to cool on a window sill with that little tendril of steam coming through the top. I bought an apple pie and a chocolate bourbon cake and while the chocolate was good, the apple pie was excellent. It wasn't cheap, but well worth it. And the box was impressive as well.

                      1. re: Salsiccia Creature

                        My friends and I would all want the tastiest pie available, no matter what the box said. However, I admit they might hide the box before serving. After all, the box has little taste.

                        1. re: el jefe

                          a sensible man
                          you cant eat the prestigious box

                        2. re: Salsiccia Creature

                          On my one visit to The Blue Stove, I got distracted by the carrot cake...

                          http://www.eatingintranslation.com/20...

                          ...but the pies looked terrific. Seems like a good way to go, KingsKetz, if those friends invite you over for dinner another Saturday night.

              2. Costco's apple pie looked and smelled good. Never tasted though.

                1. The farmer's market at Grand Army Plaza on Saturday morning has very good fruit pies.

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                  1. re: son of a butcher

                    which vendor? My beef with pies from the farmers market is terminally bland (undersalted, too little fat and that veg shortening) crusts.

                    1. re: jen kalb

                      I had an apple pie that I bought at a stall called Bread Alone.(I think). Didn't taste bland, it was rather good.