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Monday, May 31, 2010

There's Still Time to Celebrate Memorial Day With Local Pie

Posted By on Mon, May 31, 2010 at 12:49 PM

click to enlarge Mission Pie's Krystin Rubin and walnut tartlets. - TAMARA PALMER
  • Tamara Palmer
  • Mission Pie's Krystin Rubin and walnut tartlets.
Still scrambling for something show-stopping to bring to today's holiday barbecue? Mission Pie's open til 9 p.m. tonight with a selection of pies and tartlets made from local produce.

Recently, while on In the Kitchen With Lisa's fabulous "Taste the Mission" walking tour, we stopped into Mission Pie for a snack and a chat with co-owner Krystin Rubin, who explained that they make walnut pie instead of pecan pie because walnuts are local. Truthfully, we're not always the greatest fan of walnuts; they're usually what's left in a mixed assortment after we cherry-pick out our favorites.

But one bite of Mission Pie's walnut tartlet, which also comes in full pies, was a real eye-opener. It has a very similarly satisfying filling à la pecan pie that didn't make us miss the Southern staple at all. A perfectly flaky crust doesn't hurt the case, either. It's got the makings of a potential new-school West Coast classic.

Today's also the last day of the season for strawberry-rhubarb, and the rest of the selection includes shaker lemon, apricot frangipane tart, banana cream, and vegan apricot-blueberry.

Mission Pie 2901 Mission (at 25th St.), 282-4PIE

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