Pie in the Sky Café

   November 14, 2012 10:16 am    2

 

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Pie in the Sky Café, located at the corner of Walnut and West Eighth streets, is celebrating their 22 anniversary this year. This small and intimate restaurant offers an eclectic mix of soups and sandwiches for lunch as well as some incredible choices for weekend dinners. I have been there for lunch a few times, but this week, I was only visiting for their famous pie. Lucky for me, all of their pies are baked fresh every Tuesday morning. I stopped in around lunch time to see what they were serving and got a few slices to go. I left with four pieces; Caramel Apple, Pumpkin Custard, Red Raspberry, and Bourbon Pecan.

After dinner last night, Amanda and I warmed up the pie, slice by slice. We started with the Caramel Apple. This double crust pie was dense with apples that still had a bit of crunch. The filling wasn’t overly sweet and was perfectly spiced. The top was drizzled with caramel sauce and chopped walnuts. The caramel added just the right amount of sugary goodness to the rich, flaky crust. The nutty taste of the walnuts was subtle, but added a great layer of flavor.

The Pumpkin Custard pie was lighter than some of the others we have tried. The crust was the same as the first, but had seemingly been baked longer as it was crispier than the first crust. The filling was silky and rich and had that natural, real pumpkin taste. It was a bit heavy on the cinnamon, but when it comes to spices, that is one of my favorites so I was okay with it. Some apple cinnamon ice cream on top would have really made this plate.

Our next pie slice was the Red Raspberry. The dark red fruit filling was thick and had a wonderful mouth feel. The seeds gave it some texture, the berries were sweet, yet still tart, and the crust was flaky and crunchy. This pie, like the raspberry from Russ’, had an unfair advantage due to it being my favorite berry. Having it warmed up made it that much better.

Finally was the slice I was looking forward to the most, the Bourbon Pecan. We haven’t had any pecan pie yet and I have been waiting to find a good one. This one did not let me down. It was a sweet tooth soother and was packed with gorgeous chopped pecans. The toasted flavors of the nuts mixed with a bit of bourbon was heavenly. The sugary binding that holds the pie together was sticky, creamy, and melt-in-your-mouth amazing. The crust, again, was the same as the others, buttery and fantastic. I could eat it for days.

Thank you to everyone at Pie in the Sky Café for this delectable way to end our meal. I will be in again to sample more from the regular menu. The phone number for information and reservations is (814) 459-8638. The hours for lunch are Tuesdays though Fridays, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner Fridays and Saturdays, 5:30 to 9 p.m. The menu varies in price depending on the meal. They do not offer a kids menu, but will make food upon request. They are also BYOB.

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Until next time,

Andrew — Beard vs. Food

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