Pie in the Sky
Address: 223 Seward Street
Phone number: 523-9135
Style of cuisine: Baked goods and coffee
General information and fun facts:
Located in the entry way to The Canvas art studio, Pie in the Sky is a downtown office worker staple. The baked goods are inventive and deliciously balanced. The Quiche is so good, I would tangle with a rabies-infected bum if he tried to steal it from me. The pictured Quiche below is asparagus and Parmesan and the spears of asparagus had just the right texture and balance to add some freshness and flavor to the eggs and cheese. The crust is scrumtulescent on all the pies and I especially like the key lime if you’re going in that direction.
The woman who runs the place is something of an enigma to me, but if anything she adds a character and sensibility to the place. I have never known a baker who wasn’t at least somewhat anal or OCD, and perhaps this may be what I’m picking up on. Being the imaginative fellow that Mr. Feedbag is, I’m sure that I have the capacity to imagine things, but nonetheless the purveyor of these heavenly baked comestibles certainly does have a little dollop of Mona Lisa in her smile.
Finally, the best for last. The other picture below is of a lemon bar that I really have a special feeling of love and warmth in my heart for. I like lemons a lot. I like the flavor of them in my donuts, my vodka sodas, my Jolly Ranchers and my lolly pops. I like lemonade and when you add iced tea to lemonade and make an Arnold Palmer, I like that too. If I’m eating fish and chips, break out the lemons, grandmama, because I’m going to make it rain. Lemon drops. Onto and around my fish and motherf-ing chips. My favorite candy would have to be Lemon Heads and what this is all leading up to is a short description of why I like the lemon bar and therefore why I like Pie in the Sky: If you’re going to bake shit to sell me, I want you to bake it with the courage of your convictions. What that means to me is that if you’re making a lemon bar, make a lemon bar for someone who loves lemons and don’t be afraid to just throw the whole lemon on top and fire that bad Larry up. The rind of the lemon infuses the subtle buttery flavor of the bar with the deep and multifaceted flavor of the lemon fruit. Don’t be afraid to let it rock your world. Put on the big boy pants and stop by Pie in the Sky next time you’re in the ‘hood.