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May 11, 2011 04:23 PM

Coconut cream pie in Detroit ?

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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  1. 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

      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

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

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

        1. re: RedTop

          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

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

        I'm quite happy with pies from Achatz.

        1. re: rainsux

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

            1. re: coney with everything

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

          1. re: rainsux

            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

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

              1. re: boagman

                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

                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

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

              1. re: momskitchen

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

                1. re: boagman

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

                2. re: momskitchen

                  I'll bring the Baked Potato Soup!

              2. 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

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

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

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

                    1. 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 :(