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Dessert Wed Apr 18 2012

Bang Bang Pie Co. Is Where It's At


Yesterday I brought a pie to work. I joked with a co-worker that this was the most "corporate" thing I've ever done.

Truth is, this wasn't about office politickin'.

This was about my having woken up to groggily check my email and see that Bang Bang Pie Co. had opened their doors just over two weeks ago. And I needed an excuse to buy a whole pie.

Once having owned one of the more whimsical food trucks to grace the streets of Chicago, co-partners Megan and David Miller and Michael Ciapciak opened up their storefront in Logan Square, at 2051 N. California, to my delight-- and to yours.


After briefly mulling over their limited selection, I snagged one of the last lemon shaker pies (soon to be out of season-- so get it before it disappears), an "old fashioned recipe" of "thinly sliced Meyer lemons, macerated in sugar and turned into a double crust custard pie." This lemon pie successfully trumped all lemon pies I've had previously-- mostly due to the texture, provided by the thin slices of lemon, making it more interesting than your standard custard-centric lemon pie.

It was (appropriately) bangin'. Just, so damn good. Seriously, go in for some coffee and a slice (and Wi-Fi)-- give them your patronage and your money.

Get your own delicious pie at Bang Bang Pie Co., 2051 N California. They are open Tuesday - Friday from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. You can reach them at 773-276-8888.

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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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