To celebrate National Pie Day, and to eat lots of amazing Portland Pie, we ate pie for 3.14159 days. Below are the results.
Homemade chicken pie
We started our journey to pietopia at home, by making a roast chicken pot pie. We roasted off a big tasty chicken with garlic and a bunch of tasty herbs and salt and pepper. We added some carrots and a whole head of garlic. After the chicken was cool, we took all the meat off the bones and took the skin off. Our Dad made an amazing crust and we put the chicken meat in there. We made gravy out of the pan drippings and poured it on upon the heap of chicken, put the crust lid on, and baked until it was done. It was awesome.
Over the next three + days, a pie-athon ensued. We tasted all of these pies which we will now tell you about.
Baker & Spice: apple hand pie
It was extremely sweet and succulent with a unique croissant crust. The croissant dough made it amazingly buttery and flaky. This was pretty much as good as a hand pie can get, especially since they served it while it was still warm. We can’t wait to go back and order a whole pie. Everything this place makes is awesome, so just pick out whatever you want and you won’t be disappointed.
Hungry Heart: apple hand pie
We noticed Hungry Heart when we were on our way over to Whiffies, and we could not resist. We got the apple hand pie. The crust was not our favorite, but it was still good and the filling was very well-spiced.
The first thing we must say is that Whiffies makes fried pies. They were all amazing, but there was one downside: the fact that the crust was vegan. We were very skeptical, but when the first pie came out, we took nimble bites and found that it was ridiculously amazing. The Beef & Mozzarella pie was the best, but the Chicken and berry were also really good. There was also a retro carousel to play and the nearby Crepe foodcart was playing our favorite band, Cake.
Lauretta Jean’s laurettajean.com
This place was so awesome we had to try a big assortment. We tried:
Ham & leek and potato (savory)
Squash and goat cheese (savory)
Chocolate chess pie (sweet)
Apple Brandy Blackberry (sweet)
Cherry Tart (sweet)
We almost died after eating all this pie, because it was so awesome. Our five tasters were divided about favorites. The ham and leek pie was loved by everybody. One taster said that one perfect bite of the Cherry Tart was the best single bite of pie she had ever had. The chocolate chess pie was super smooth and creamy, said another taster. It was so rich and choclaty, it would be best to split a piece. All of these pies we ate until we pretty much couldn’t eat any more. That’s why our mom took back roads when driving to the next pie place.
Random Order Coffee and Pie. Our mom liked the pie. We liked watching the hipsters. This place is crawling with them.
Since we love shopping at New Seasons, we wanted to try their pie, and we needed a break from the hipsters so we went to a more “normal” place. We tried their marionberry pie. We had to take it home and try it later because we were so full, ridiculously full. First of all this was clearly a hand made pie. It was no normal grocery store pie that they bought from some pie factory in North Dakota or somewhere. It was very fresh, most likely made that day. It was very luscious and had jam-like quality that covered your tongue so you could get the most flavor. Since it is from New Seasons you can pretty much assume it comes from local marionberries too, which is probably why it tasted so great.
Pie spot was one of our favorite places especially because of the amazing selection. They get the points for creativity and uniqueness. Plus they tasted really good They even made a cinnamon roll out of excess pie dough that was incredible. They have these little pies called pie holes that are about four inches in diameter and are super tasty. We tried:
Lemon vanilla bean: This had a very lemon curd like texture, and was just the right amount of tart and sweet, and the vanilla hit your palate at the perfect time.
Smores: We have had the smores pie before and it was miraculous, the marshmallows blended very well with the chocolate because they squished the marshmallows into the hot chocolate and they melted.
Banana cream: Firstly we must say that the pie had ribbons of salt Carmel, it also had a big pile of whipped cream, it was very fresh.
Then we got to the bottom and filled our mouths with sweet banana cream, it was one of the tastiest pies we had.
Pacific Pie Company: These were whole pies, the savory ones we baked at home like the Beef mushroom.
Beef mushroom: The Beef mushroom had succulent beef and mushrooms that absorbed the beef and spice we can’t describe it well because we were scarfing it down.
Blueberry Anzac: we ate this pie in the morning for breakfast, it very flavorful and had a great texture, it was sweet and kept the taste of blueberries. It was one of our very favorites.
Chicken pie: We have not eaten this pie yet we are eating it on National Pie Day on 1/23/14.
One of the cool things about Pacific Pie is that they let you take the real pie plates home and you bring them back for a deposit. Good for the pie, good for the environment, good for you.
The pies we had showed us that there are many different techniques and types of pie that we did not know about. We found it cool that all of the pie places we visited were super creative to make their pies unique. None of the pies were the same. The were like works of art. Happy Pie Day to all the Portland Pie Artists!