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

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mcyentyre May 20, 2013 10:52 PM

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. Melanie Wong RE: mcyentyre May 20, 2013 10:55 PM

    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.
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/899783

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      mcyentyre RE: Melanie Wong May 20, 2013 11:10 PM

      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!

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        Melanie Wong RE: mcyentyre May 20, 2013 11:13 PM

        Sounds like you've not been to Mission Pie yet. Read on:
        http://www.chow.com/search?query=%22m...

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          mcyentyre RE: Melanie Wong May 20, 2013 11:17 PM

          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: http://www.hoosiermamapie.com/ci/inde...

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            Melanie Wong RE: mcyentyre May 20, 2013 11:28 PM

            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
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/772222

            La Reva's Sky Ranch
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/886909

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          Melanie Wong RE: mcyentyre May 20, 2013 11:16 PM

          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.
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/875381

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        hungree RE: mcyentyre May 20, 2013 11:02 PM

        In the east bay, check out Pie Tisserie. Best pie I've ever had .. . http://www.pietisserie.com/

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          mcyentyre RE: hungree May 20, 2013 11:18 PM

          Next addition to my SF Pie list. Thank you!

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          sundeck sue RE: mcyentyre May 20, 2013 11:25 PM

          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. hill food RE: mcyentyre May 20, 2013 11:35 PM

            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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              Melanie Wong RE: hill food May 20, 2013 11:38 PM

              You'll find Stephanie on Bay Area Bites:
              http://blogs.kqed.org/bayareabites/au...

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                hill food RE: Melanie Wong May 20, 2013 11:41 PM

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

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                  Melanie Wong RE: hill food May 20, 2013 11:45 PM

                  Yep, she was a poster here from the beginnings of the SF board, but haven't heard from her for a while now.
                  http://www.chow.com/profile/25849

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                    hill food RE: Melanie Wong May 21, 2013 12:47 AM

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

            2. Robert Lauriston RE: mcyentyre May 21, 2013 08:48 AM

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

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                budnball RE: mcyentyre May 21, 2013 11:34 AM

                My go to apple pie is from Dreagers. Great butter crust and firm, not too sweet filling that holds its shape after being cut. Wonderful.

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