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In Honor of Pi(e) Day...

greghoffman Mar 14, 2012 06:35 AM

Where can I find the best pie in Austin? It's Pi(e) Day, and I feel like celebrating...

I'm partial to coconut cream, myself (and did read the thread about it), but if there's a particular pie that the city, or a particular restaurant, is world-renowned for, I'll be more than willing to give it a try. And, if it weren't in the midst of the SXSW frenzy, so much the better...

  1. slowcoooked Mar 14, 2012 06:52 AM

    The coconut cream pie at Quacks is just lovely - and unique in part for its relatively lower sweetness compared to most versions. really really good.

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      Unkempt Mar 14, 2012 01:17 PM

      Just got back from the Monument Cafe in Georgetown (not in the midst of any kind of frenzy) and had great coconut cream, lemon meringue and chocolate pecan pie. I didn't have all three, my whole family was there and each had only one piece-- but a pie buffet, what an afternoon that would be. Delicious fillings, great crust, and a damn fine cup of coffee.

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        BTAustin Mar 14, 2012 02:01 PM

        I've only had the chocolate at Monument Cafe, but it is crazy freaking good. Fudgy thick rich cream and the crust is pecans. Haven't been to Quack's but I will go anywhere for coconut. That being said Cuttie Pies on Burnet has an amazing coconut white chocolate pecan pie. I don't like the normal little pie "lets" very much and I think you have to order the whole pie. Around 17 bucks -- a steal. And Tootie Pies in the Arbor Walk has a wonderful coconut pie. Not cream-- like a chess or buttermilk but moist and with coconut. Expensive though 5 bucks for a small slice or like 35 for a huge pie. Their lunch deal for 10 dollars is a sandwich, piece of pie and drink, a good deal. For coconut cake la Madeline's is memorable.

        1. re: BTAustin
          slowcoooked Mar 15, 2012 04:21 PM

          BTAustin you reminded me - Monument's chocolate pie is the best version I've ever had. Thanks!

        2. re: Unkempt
          greghoffman Mar 23, 2012 03:09 PM

          For all of you who recommended the Monument Cafe in Georgetown - a _huge_ thank you - second-best coconut cream pie ever (my grandmother makes the best).

          I also gave Tootie Pies a try at lunch today - had the apple - it just looked so much better than the rest of them. It was a _very_ good apple pie - lots of apples - nicely tart and still just a bit crunchy - good amount of cinnamon. The crust was buttery - just a little too thick in places, and not really very flaky, but it tasted good, and was a compliment to all those apples - it was a very tall pie.

          On the way out, they had samples of a few other pies. One was the buttermilk, I believe, which was way too sweet for me, but, I think it's supposed to be like that. It was very nice and creamy, though. The second was the Key Lime Margarita - to me, it tasted like artificially-flavored margarita mix. I would have preferred a well-made standard key lime.

          1. re: greghoffman
            slowcoooked Mar 24, 2012 08:30 AM

            yep hard to go wrong at monument. it's a great breakfast place too, eggs with burnt orange yolks makes me happy . . . over easy with a side of chicken fried steak and a biscuit and honey and gravy? just great. fresh squeezed OJ. too bad it's 25 min. away.

        3. Veggo Mar 15, 2012 04:35 PM

          I like the concept of Pi day, that's a new one for me, although it's a bit inconvenient that it should officially begin at 1:59 or 3:49 in the morning, depending.

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          1. re: Veggo
            nytexan Mar 15, 2012 08:03 PM

            texan cafe in huttoo has great pie and they have a pi happy hour 3-5pm.

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              Unkempt Mar 15, 2012 08:40 PM

              Veggo, if you can't get up in the middle of the night for pie, you don't really like pie.

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                Veggo Mar 15, 2012 08:44 PM

                I can get up for pie, pretty much anytime.

                1. re: Veggo
                  slowcoooked Mar 16, 2012 07:48 AM

                  i prefer just to sleep with a couple slices on my nightstand...

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