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Looking for _really_ good pie

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Enso Jul 29, 2010 07:10 PM

Preferably fruit pie and preferably sold by the slice, but if it's to die for, then I getting a whole pie isn't too much of a hardship. :-)

"To die for" =
1) Absolutely top-notch flaky, flaky crust. (No soggy, sodden cardboard.)
2) Minimal sugar added. (Um, even less sweet than that.)

As a benchmark, pies from Baker's Square or Lund's don't cut it.

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    foreverhungry Jul 29, 2010 07:49 PM

    Turtle Bread Co has very good pie. Not excellent, but very good.

    I'm glad you posted this question - I have struggled to find good pie in Minnesota. Lots of people mention Betty's Pies in Two Harbor's, which quite frankly, was very underwhelming (and ridiculously overpriced, to boot!).

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    Turtle Bread Co.
    4762 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407

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      Davydd Jul 30, 2010 06:13 AM

      I could name you three other places on the North Shore with better pies than Betty's Pies but that is a topic for another forum. But to remain on topic Betty's Pies can also be had here in the Twin Cities.

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      Betty's Pies
      700 Wildwood Rd, Saint Paul, MN

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      HuaGung Jul 29, 2010 08:07 PM

      Sara Jane's Bakery in Nordeast. None better.

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        soupkitten Jul 29, 2010 09:55 PM

        lucia's usually has really good pie (two-crust, fruit-based, non-cream/custard, farmhouse style, yadda yadda)

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          eajohnso2000 Jul 30, 2010 07:17 AM

          I have co-workers who swear by Joseph's in Stillwater. I haven't tried their pies, so I can't vouch for that opinion.

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            zfwp Jul 30, 2010 09:56 AM

            has anyone had a pie from serlin's ?

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              Quince Jul 30, 2010 03:59 PM

              Yes, and it is delicious. The best pie I've had in this area that wasn't homemade.

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            Danny Jul 30, 2010 09:57 AM

            There's a pretty wide variety of homemade pies at 50's grill in Brooklyn Center. They bake everything on site. It has been there for decades, but I've only been once, and was surprised at the quality. (They've been there 25 years! I was just excited about real cherry coke.)

            I didn't try the pie, but it is probably a good step up from Bakers Square.

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            50'S Grill
            5524 Brooklyn Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55429

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              faith Jul 30, 2010 04:11 PM

              Mayday cafe at 35th and Bloomington. Moose and Sadie's downtown Mpls. I am like you enso, don't like the sugary pies, really am annoyed that many pies and other things now are sprinkled with sugar on top..........but I do like the pies at both the above, even though they may have some topcrust sugar. Birchwood good too.

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              Birchwood Cafe
              3311 E 25th St, Minneapolis, MN 55406

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                kevin47 Jul 30, 2010 05:17 PM

                Everything at 50's grill is a big step up from Bakers Square, and the pies are quite good.

              2. AnneInMpls Jul 30, 2010 05:50 PM

                Last summer, I bought a fabulous fruit pie (whole) from the pie booth at the Mill City Market. If the same vendor is still there, I highly recommend these pies. (Available on Saturday mornings only.)

                Birchwood's pies are good, when available - especially the fillings. The crust does tend to be a wee bit tough, but it's tasty nonetheless. Certainly not cardboardy. And they're available by the slice.

                But if you're up for a day trip, you simply MUST get to Stockholm, Wisconsin. The pies at The Stockholm Pie Company are truly pies TO DIE FOR. Fabulous fruit (and other) fillings, perfect crust, beautifully made. Never a hint of a soggy molecule. These pies match all your requirements except, perhaps, the sugar level. They're not low on sugar, but they're not tooth-achingly sweet, either. They're just right. (For example, the apple pies are always pleasingly tart.) My family has a standing order for anyone who happens to be in the area for whatever reason - if you come home without a pie, you will be disowned.

                Seriously, get your butt to Stockholm. You'll be very pleased.

                http://thestockholmpiecompany.com/

                Anne

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                Birchwood Cafe
                3311 E 25th St, Minneapolis, MN 55406

                Mill City Cafe
                2205 California St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

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                  Seige Jul 31, 2010 01:18 PM

                  Thanks for the tip Anne! We love going to Pepin to the Harbor View Cafe and always go through Stockholm. We'll add this to our routine. :)

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