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Blog Wed Feb 21 2007

Talkin' About Pie

In 2004, we asked in Fuel, where does one go for pie? There wasn't much in the way of a definitive answer inside the city. Lots of options outside of Chicago but none too many here.

As Andrew and I sat at the Lincoln Lodge for lunch a few days ago and as I requested pie for dessert and was subsequently disappointed, I recalled the Fuel thread. I also recalled a few months ago when we had dropped in at Fat Willy's for lunch and I just had a slice of some very good coconut cream pie. I had found really good pie in a BBQ joint. But I have yet to find a go-to place for pie.

Let's revisit it. So tell me, dear reader, where do you get your pie in the city?

P.S. I hear Humboldt Pie has pies. I have not yet been. If you have, how is it?

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Andrew / February 22, 2007 7:44 AM

I've only had the lemon squares, but I would assume that the pie at First Slice Pie Cafe (inside the Lill Street Art Center) is amazing. Can anyone verify that for me?

Naz / February 22, 2007 9:47 AM

That place is just a few blocks away! I've stepped in there before but have never eaten there. I should visit this at lunchtime to see about some pies...

Christine B / February 22, 2007 10:54 AM

I'm going to add a post soon on a great company called Hoosier Mama Pies that works out of Kitchen Chicago.

Also, when its in season - the Concord Grape Tart/Pie at West Town Tavern is insanely good.

Naz / February 22, 2007 10:56 AM

Ah yes, Hoosier Mama! I remember they had some Thanksgiving pie action a while back. I see that Glenn's Diner (also just a few blocks away) and Metropolis have them. All of a sudden, I have close pie options. More to investigate.

kl5 / February 22, 2007 12:36 PM

Depot Diner at 5840 W. Roosevelt has homemade pies (at least two kinds) every day. The are fantastic, as are the (homemade) cakes and (made to order) donuts. I love this place.

Ben / February 22, 2007 2:11 PM

I vaguely remember a piece of pie at Glenn's. I think it was maple pecan? Delicious! I had a piece at First Slice too, but that was last summer. I remember it being good, although not knock-your-socks-off good.

Cindy Gruner / February 23, 2007 4:49 PM

I see someone has already mentioned Depot Diner in Austin. I can confirm that their homemade (including the crust!) pies are unbelieveable - the only pie that I've ever had at a restaurant that compares to Grandma's homemade.

Caffeine Free / May 29, 2007 3:36 PM

This may sound kind of boring/lame, but I used to drive to the Baker's Square on Western near Touhy (?...just before it narrows into Evanston). Is that still within city limits?

The seasonal key lime is divine.

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The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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