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Coconut cream pie in Detroit ?

itsaboutfood May 11, 2011 04:23 PM

The Detroit area has many foods for one to try , but I am in search for where the best coconut cream pie can be had. For that matter , where can I find good pie ?

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    interplanetjanet May 14, 2011 11:20 PM

    Last summer I had pretty good (for michigan) coconut cream pie at Astoria Bakery Royal Oak. This came as a surprise because most of their stuff looks better than it tastes. Last summer it wasnt a regular menu item and for some reason they never keep the good stuff going to too long; years ago they made great peach cobbler :(

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      vniemo May 14, 2011 05:31 AM

      When I need to get my pie fix on, Kates Kitchen in Flat Rock is my choice.

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        charlesbois May 12, 2011 06:44 AM

        I absolutely love the coconut cream pie at Real Seafood in Ann Arbor. It's a delightful treat.

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          itsaboutfood May 12, 2011 05:08 AM

          Wow , I awake to read that other people than I enjoy that wonderful taste of pie. Thanks for the recomendations , my taste buds are getting all happy thinking of that pie right now . I'll report back after I awake from the sugar coma . Good Day

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          1. re: itsaboutfood
            rainsux May 12, 2011 01:23 PM

            Please be aware that Achatz' own stores are closed on Saturdays. I have pretty good luck
            finding their pies at Plum Mkt.

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            RedTop May 11, 2011 05:17 PM

            DING, DING DING! You've posted the question of the year in the GREAT LAKES forum.

            No only do you win nothing, you won't find any type of great pie in Detroit. Anyone that says different is delusional.

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            1. re: RedTop
              boagman May 11, 2011 06:53 PM

              Color me delusional. Chef Ed's Weekday Cafe in Eastpointe does have some great pie. He makes them himself, and he'll often have a couple of different fruit varieties as well as the Three Nut Pie that he's quite famous for (think pecan pie, only with about half the sugar, and more/different nuts.

              I absolutely know that he does cream pies now and then, and he will take a request from time to time. I'd tell you more, but I'm more hooked on his homemade cakes, as well as the entire menu (especially the soups).

              Have you tried Ed's pies, RedTop?

              1. re: boagman
                RedTop May 12, 2011 04:39 AM

                --Have you tried Ed's pies, RedTop?--

                Nope. The WeekDay is a go to breakfast stop for me. Not done lunch there, nor dessert.

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                  boagman May 12, 2011 01:02 PM

                  BLASPHEMY! If you're only going to Weekday for breakfast, you're missing out on so, so much. Not that there's anything wrong with going to Ed's for breakfast...not at all! I've done it myself, and certainly enjoyed it. There's not a single time of day when it isn't a good idea to go there.

                  Still, you need to get there for other meals, and no fair saying there isn't any good pie in the D if you haven't partaken of Ed's pies.

              2. re: RedTop
                rainsux May 11, 2011 09:26 PM

                > you won't find any type of great pie in Detroit

                I'm quite happy with pies from Achatz.

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                  grouper May 12, 2011 03:21 AM

                  I agree with rainsux, but only when purchased from the Achatz store.

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                    coney with everything May 12, 2011 06:06 AM

                    +1 for Achatz pies from their store.

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                      boagman May 12, 2011 01:03 PM

                      I'm a +1 with this as well, at least on their Four Berry pie, and probably a few others, too.

                  2. re: rainsux
                    tokyo May 12, 2011 01:36 PM

                    Question about Achatz: On their website it says this:
                    "All of our double crusted fruit pies, with the exception of Double Crusted Apple that is made with butter, are made with no dairy or animal products."
                    But later it says that they never use hydrogenated oil.
                    So, if they don't use butter, lard, or shortening (hydrogenated oil) in their crust, what do they use?

                    1. re: tokyo
                      boagman May 12, 2011 01:45 PM

                      That'd be a question for them. You can always call and ask, and they're quite eager to answer your questions.

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                        tokyo May 13, 2011 11:57 AM

                        Ok, boagman, you got me. (You mean I can't just lazily post speculative questions and have other people do my dirty work?)

                        So, the nice girl at headquarters said that Achatz actually developed a unique shortening blend that does not use hydrogenated oil, similar to a product made by Smart Balance. It is a palm/soy blend that took several years to perfect.

                        This only leads me to other questions that I am not prepared to research myself, such as, what process do they use, and how does it differ from hydrogenation, and why does that make it healthier, ...?

                        The important thing is, we now know that Achatz pies are not only among the best in metro Detroit, they are also the healthiest! Win-win!!

                      2. re: tokyo
                        gooddog May 12, 2011 09:39 PM

                        Hmm, good question. They sell tubs of their shortening blend in their stores, but I've never bought any nor looked at the ingredients. Now I'm curious; have to check next time I'm there.

                    2. re: RedTop
                      momskitchen May 13, 2011 09:59 AM

                      @RedTop the best pie in Detroit can be found in my kitchen....if we ever do a Chowhound potluck, I'll bake one.

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                        boagman May 13, 2011 12:13 PM

                        Mrs. Bilbrey?!?!? Is that *you*?!?!?!? ;)

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                          momskitchen May 13, 2011 06:18 PM

                          I don't know who Mrs. Bilbrey is, but if she makes pie, she must be good people!

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                          RedTop May 13, 2011 12:38 PM

                          I'll bring the Baked Potato Soup!

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