Foobooz Six Pack: Philly’s Best Pie
Philadelphia is a quintessentially American city. We have the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the Betsy Ross House. Even more important, we have some of the best pies in the country — and there is nothing more American than pie. Here are six of the best places in Philly to get a slice.
Magpie Artisan Pie Boutique
Holly Riccardi opened Magpie in the summer of 2012, and the Philadelphia community has been grateful ever since. Magpie offers both sweet and savory pies, as well as “pie fries,” which are thin strips of pie crust served with a variety of dipping sauces (and might be one of the greatest ideas of all time). Do you like your pie à la mode? Magpie serves up milkshakes with pie blended right in.
1662 South Street
Bredenbeck’s has been churning out homemade desserts and pastries at its Chestnut Hill location since 1889. During the summer months, Bredenbeck’s is well known for its artisan ice creams, but the year-round star of this charming bakery is its selection of pies. Don’t miss the Frangelico tart, especially if you’re a Nutella lover.
8126 Germantown Avenue
Flying Monkey Bakery
Elizabeth Halen opened up Flying Monkey Bakery in Reading Terminal Market in 2010, and has since become famous for her mini pies. The personal-sized pies are available in rotating selection at the shop, but you can also call ahead to place an order for a full-sized version of any of them.
51 N. 12th Street
This Stephen Starr restaurant specializes in comfort food classics like baked macaroni and cheese and meatloaf with mashed potatoes, but one of its best kept secrets is that it serves up a killer apple pie for dessert. Jones also offers a coconut cream pie, but any true pie connoisseur would go straight for the double crust apple pie á la mode.
700 Chestnut Street
According to Brendan O’Guinn and Shannon Wyfells, the biggest impediment to mass pie-consumption is portability. To rectify this problem, the duo opened Pie Stand, a food truck in Fishtown that specializes in pan fried hand pies with both sweet and savory fillings. Follow them @ on twitter to find out if they’re at their typical location in Fishtown, or if they’ve moved for the night.
2 W. Girard Avenue