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Best Fruit Pie Oakland/Berkeley?

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hilrock Aug 15, 2011 07:50 AM

I have a significant birthday coming up and have decided I want birthday pie rather than cake.
It will be towards the end of September which means that stone fruit won't truly be in season unfortunately... Where do folks go around here for amazing pie?

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    abstractpoet RE: hilrock Aug 15, 2011 08:54 AM

    Tough to top the fruit pies at Crixa. I assume you'd need to contact them in advance if you wanted to buy an entire pie, since they tend to sell out super quick.

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    Crixa Cakes
    2748 Adeline St, Berkeley, CA 94703

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      ML8000 RE: hilrock Aug 15, 2011 10:03 AM

      Does Bakesale Betty still sell pies? They use to be outstanding.

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      5098 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

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        abstractpoet RE: ML8000 Aug 15, 2011 10:12 AM

        I haven't seen any pies for sale at Bakesale Betty since they drastically scaled back their menu, but more regular customers would know better. I think I prefer Crixa's deep dish style pies anyway.

        (We did the BB pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving one year, but have since switched back to Crixa pies as an annual tradition -- even though the BB crust is ostensibly more "crisp," I actually find it a bit too hard. Crixa's pie crusts aren't mean to be crisp, but they are dense, all-butter, and very very tasty.)

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        Bakesale Betty
        5098 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

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        milklady RE: hilrock Aug 15, 2011 10:21 AM

        I think that Bakesale Betty and Crix both have amazing pies. They are different styles, but both are outstanding. If you are looking for something that is a straightforward pie, rather than a fruit tart or anything else, I think you'll be thrilled at either location. Note that they are each likely to have only one or two choices on a given day, and calling to reserve is key.

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        Bakesale Betty
        5098 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

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          abstractpoet RE: milklady Aug 15, 2011 10:45 AM

          Milklady: You've seen pies at Bakesale Betty recently? I don't think I've seen any, at either location, since they opened up the new shop -- every day, it's nothing but fried chicken, lemon ice, strawberry shortcakes, and a handful of cookie options.

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          Bakesale Betty
          5098 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

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            milklady RE: abstractpoet Aug 15, 2011 12:08 PM

            We had blueberry pie from Bakesale Betty over 4th of July weekend. That's the most recently I've had pie from there, but I don't stop by regularly.

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            Bakesale Betty
            5098 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

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              abstractpoet RE: milklady Aug 15, 2011 12:34 PM

              Hmm, I suspect maybe they only do them for special holidays, then. I bet they'll do apple and pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving and Christmas, but for a random day in September, you might be out of luck. Might be worth it to give them a call and ask, though.

        2. JasmineG RE: hilrock Aug 15, 2011 12:26 PM

          Has anyone had the pies from Pietissiere? She used to be at 1015 Clay, but when that closed, I think she's been selling at markets and whole pies by order. https://www.facebook.com/pietisserie I didn't get to try it before 1015 Clay closed, but am always on the lookout for more places to get pie.

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          1015 Clay St, Oakland, CA 94607

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            lmarie RE: hilrock Aug 15, 2011 02:07 PM

            Sweet Adeline's in Berkeley makes excellent pies - and the crust is buttery and delicious. In the fall they make a great Sierra Beauty apple pie - I ordered one for Thanksgiving a few years ago and it was wonderful.

            The lemon meringue pie at Sweet Adeline's is also outstanding; nice and tart.

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            3350 Adeline St, Berkeley, CA

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              Mola RE: hilrock Aug 17, 2011 12:04 AM

              Birthday pie is an excellent idea. If you can expand your range, you might consider Niles Pie Company. You place an order in advance and then pick it up on a designated day in either Fremont or Pleasanton. A bit far from Oakland/Berkeley, but worth the effort (maybe a friend will pick it up for you as a bday gift?). She also has a pie club, which is just cool. http://www.nilespie.com/

              Crixa and Sweet Adeline's are also good suggestions. Perhaps you need to have a pie tasting?

              1. rworange RE: hilrock Aug 17, 2011 09:57 AM

                So ... what is a good pie to you? What do you look for in a crust (buttery, flakey, ???) It sounds like you want a fruit pie.

                Beckmann's pies sold at farmers markets are my favorite reliable pie. The crust is great and the fillings are always good.

                I recently was impressed with Cheeseboard's pies. They are only individual sized and pricey, but I liked the buttery crust, homemade feel and fruit that seemed straight from the farmers market. My post with photo

                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7836...

                Fatapple's makes some good pies. Here's a recent report about the fresh blueberry.

                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7896...

                Here's my list on best pumpkin and sweet potato pies in the Bay Area.

                http://www.chow.com/lists/edit/572

                I like Crixa's pies a lot but if looking for a classic pie, this isn't it. They are more like what would happen if a tart and a deep dish pie mated.

                Sweet Adeline's makes good pies, especially cream, but I don't know why it never leaps to mind when I'm thinking pie. Here's an old report of mine on the quince pie
                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/446584

                Bakesale Betty never was high on my pie list. The fruit fillings were too soupy.

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                  Robert Lauriston RE: rworange Aug 17, 2011 10:51 AM

                  Some of Crixa's pies look like traditional American pie to me. Others I'd call galettes.

                  Berkeley Bowl has some that look right. I'd make rather than buy so don't know if they're as good as they look.

                  I don't know if they sell whole pies to go, but Angeline's serves as good a pecan pie as I've ever had, right up there with the best homemade.

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                    rworange RE: Robert Lauriston Aug 17, 2011 10:57 AM

                    Which pies? The ones in the large white box that are from Sconehenge (but unmarked as such).? Those are pretty good. Or are they now making their own in-house?

                    I remember you liking the Pizzaiolo blueberry pie. Do they still make pie? If so, maybe they'd make one to go. I know their breakfast apple turnovers were the best I've had the Bay Area.

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                      Robert Lauriston RE: rworange Aug 17, 2011 12:16 PM

                      Five years ago I had a piece of Bakesale Betty's blueberry pie at Pizzaiolo, which has been making desserts in-house for a while.

                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/312033

                      I don't know which pies I was looking at at Berkeley Bowl. They were on a shelf across from the cash register by the dine-in seating area. BBW probably has a bigger selection.

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                      Berkeley Bowl
                      2020 Oregon St, Berkeley, CA 94703

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                        Caitlin McGrath RE: Robert Lauriston Aug 17, 2011 08:20 PM

                        The ones on the shelf opposite the prepared foods register at Berkeley Bowl East are from Sconehenge.

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                        Berkeley Bowl
                        2020 Oregon St, Berkeley, CA 94703

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                  dcfb RE: hilrock Aug 21, 2011 06:23 PM

                  Best fruit pie I have had in a long time was a stone fruit pie at Aunt Mary's on Telegraph. Piled with stone fruit, a little spice, a little sweet. Crust held up, flaky, buttery. It was a 10. Their desserts rotate.

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                  Aunt Mary's Cafe
                  4307 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

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                    bbh RE: hilrock Aug 22, 2011 04:56 PM

                    I had a slice of blueberry pie from Bakesale Betty's on Saturday and it was great. I love the crust, which is flaky and sprinkled with sugar. The only drawback was blueberry was the only pie offering for the day. If you ever see the Apricot pie at Bakesale Betty's, grab a slice. Love the tangy sweetness of the apricots.

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                    Bakesale Betty
                    5098 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

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