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Jul 18, 2014 09:17 AM

Where to find an inspired slice of pie?

I read a wonderful mouthwatering article in the NY Times last week about pie in Memphis ("Sampling Sweet Slices of Memphis Pie"). A restaurant owner was quoted: "The state of pie in Memphis is alive and well — you just have to know where to look...our program is all about paying homage to our grandmothers, and the best pies in the city are from people who bake like that.”

What is the state of pie in Philadelphia? Are there bakers who are using grandma's recipe, or drawing inspiration from classic recipes? Where should I be looking for a slice of pie with a story behind it?

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  1. Magpie on South Street (and 16th) or the PA dutch at the RTM come to mind

    1. Not exactly sure what constitutes an "inspired" slice, but maybe one of places has what you're looking for.

      1. The Bakery House in Bryn Mawr

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        1. re: arepo

          Arepo what flavors/pies do you recommend there?

          1. re: cwdonald

            Their apple pie is deadly and of course at Thanksgiving and Christmas their pumpkin is also always a huge favorite.

          2. re: arepo

            We had a peach pie from The Bakery House a few days ago. The filling was just right--fresh tasting and not overly sweet. The crust, however, was nothing special.

          3. I got some apple pie with crumb topping at last fall that was just like homemade apple pies from my childhood. Maybe it was the apples from their own farm or that the pie wasn't too sweet so the tartness of the apples came through but eating that pie felt like an ambush in a good way.
            The next time I went I bought some of the apples and was inspired to make my own pie. Best pie I ever made.Can't wait til the apples reappear this fall.
            They are closed til tues but they understand pie. For example the slices of the peach in the peach pie are succulent and have some resistance to them when you bite into them. Not a trace of mushiness. I never expected to find great pie at a barbecue place. Come on tuesday!

            1. Powelton Village has a pie contest at our Fourth of July celebration. There's always next year...