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May 20, 2013 10:52 PM

Can't find good pies in SF nor the Peninsula!

Just relocated from Chicago. My definition of the gold standard pie (ANY flavor) is Hoosier Mama's in Chicago. They are dedicated to the traditional art of pie making- pure ingredients, hearty, full crusts, flavorful fillings, and interesting deepened flavors. Sadly, they won't ship (but I actually admire that dedication to preservation of quality, freshness, etc).

Can't find any options here that are remotely close to being a contender and know that Chowhounds won't let me down. Hope suggestions will stay within the city and Peninsula. Thank you!

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  1. The process of elimination helps prod suggestions and avoids repetition. Would you please tell us what you've tried so far that was lacking?

    This thread may have some ideas for you.

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    1. re: Melanie Wong

      Oh- thank you for the link to the previous discussion! Heidi's was thin, underwhelming, one note flavor (just sweet), wimpy crust, and without the right amount of real, fresh ingredients. Whole Foods was the same, but imho, grocery store pies would never reach status to be in the running.

      Seeking the best hearty crust that is matched with the best intricate flavor profiles. Missing Chicago and Hoosier Mama's!

        1. re: Melanie Wong

          Perfect. Mission Pie added to my SF Pie list. Thank you. Also just for comparison sake, here were the pies that we grew to love:

          1. re: mcyentyre

            Please do file tasting notes when you have a chance to try these places . . . pay it forward, if you will.

            And these aren't your style, as they feature lighter, more tender crusts, but if you make your way to up Sonoma wine country, seek them out.

            Petaluma Pie

            La Reva's Sky Ranch

        2. re: mcyentyre

          The heartiest crust I've ever encountered was baked by Butter Love and purchased at Pig & Pie. I didn't care for it, but perhaps it's up your alley.

      1. In the east bay, check out Pie Tisserie. Best pie I've ever had .. .

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        1. re: hungree

          Next addition to my SF Pie list. Thank you!

        2. If you're willing to stray beyond SF and the Peninsula: Crixa Cakes in Berkeley has a great crust, great filling, whatever the season (apple, pumpkin, berry, et. al.). The East European sensibility may connect with what you're missing of the American Midwest.

          1. is Stephanie Rosenbaum still making, baking and evaluating pies? I always trusted her judgment. but her blog seems to be not-responding.

            but it is sort of amusing she always reminded me of Eve Arden and her character in "Mildred Pierce"

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              1. re: Melanie Wong

                cool, THX I knew her briefly (yeesh 20 years ago!) but ran into each other off and on over the years.

                1. re: hill food

                  Yep, she was a poster here from the beginnings of the SF board, but haven't heard from her for a while now.

                  1. re: Melanie Wong

                    looks like she went back East, I knew she was from that seaboard.

            1. Second on Mission Pie. First-rate in all respects.