Sunday, December 4, 2011

Hoosier Mama Pie Company

Location: 1618 W Chicago
Cost: Around $20 a pie

I've always heard that cupcakes are a big fad and that pie would be the next big thing. I'm not sure if that's really happened, but I can say that I'm a way bigger fan of pie than I am of cupcakes. When Hoosier Mama Pie Company opened up a few years ago, I thought the tide was starting to turn. Now, I've tried to go a few times and been unsuccessful. The worst time was when we got there to see them closed but making pies from pre-set orders in some horribly "na na na na na na you can't have some" kind of way. Then we had to go to La Farine instead which was a huge let down.

So this time I went because I needed to bring something to a dinner party hosted by my friend Maddie. While everyone else made things on their own, I ran out of time and thought bringing some pie would still be acceptable. I dragged my buddy Jeremy along to pick it up too.

There's not much to Hoosier Mama logistically. It's a small pie shop right near the corner of Ashland and Chicago. They have one table if you want to eat there. I think you need to get in early or place an order way ahead of time if you want to guarantee a specific pie type. For the holidays, you need to call in a pie order weeks in advance. The cost is fair. The pie we got was $22 and we got a piece of quiche for around $5.

The Food
For the party I ordered a Chocolate Chess Pie, but since Jeremy came along with I wanted us to get something too. We really wanted to get some quiche, and in a heart breaking turn of events, they were all out of the Bacon and Cheddar. Instead, we ended up getting the Butternut Squash Quiche. The filling was nice and had large squash chunks, but it was too sweet overall. The pie was fantastic. It had a firm custard based filling and an exceedingly flaky crust. Maddie, who is the real pie expert of my friends, said the crust was too flaky for her liking, but I really enjoyed it.

The Chocolate Chess Pie

The Chocolate Chess Pie

 The Butternut Squash Quiche

In the battle of pie versus cupcake, I think pie is the clear winner. I wish there were more places like Hoosier Mama all over the city instead of the seemingly endless list of cupcake shops. The quiche wasn't anything special, but the pie was rich and decadent. I'm giving them 4 out of 5 Pearls.

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