10 Of The Best Slices Of Pie In The Bay — Nom!

[UPDATE: This story was originally published on September 26.]
Now that it's officially autumn, we’re welcoming back, with open arms, some of our beloved crisp-weathered traditions. (Hey, we already have the rainy days covered. And one chilly fall fix we never tire of — which might also be responsible for our end-of-year weight gain — is a comforting piece of melt-in-your-mouth pie. We’re not picky either — whether it’s a mini banana crème, classic apple, or a berry-packed piece, we’ll take it any way, any time of the day. Seriously, pie for breakfast is so underrated.
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So, in the name of the season, we stuffed ourselves silly noshing on some of the yummiest creations from the most talented bakers in town. Take a gander at this list of scrumptious, locally crafted slices and kiss any plans of a pre-Halloween diet bye-bye. Trust, it’ll all be well worth the calories.
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Chocolate Peanut-Butter Pie, Chile Pies
Combine a slew of our fave mid-day munchies and you’ve arrived at this out-of-this-world wonder. Oreo crust? Check! Peanut butter and cream cheese? Check! This rich bite has it all — including honey-roasted peanuts on top! We could nosh on this all day long, but since our waistline wouldn’t appreciate that, we’ll just dig in every now and then!

Chile Pies & Ice Cream, 601 Baker Street (between Fulton and McAllister streets); 415-614-9411.

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Salty Honey Walnut, Three Babes Bakeshop
If you’re looking for no-holds-barred, pie-centric bliss, we're going to direct you to Three Babes Bakeshop. We’ll start by saying that virtually any pie you chow on by them is destined to be amazing, but for over-the-top, can’t-even-deal-with-it tastiness, go for the salty honey walnut. The scrumptious snack, whipped up by babes Anna and Lenore, features organic walnuts from Old Dog Ranch in Linden and honey from a beekeeping friend of theirs in S.F. and Sausalito. It’s topped off with a bit of Maldon sea salt for good measure. This slice really is an incredible example of balanced, homemade goodness. No joke.

Three Babes Bakeshop, locations vary; 415-742-0484.

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Strawberry and Blueberry Pie, Devil’s Teeth Baking Company
Despite the name, there’s absolutely nothing devilish about the treats (um, okay they are incredibly tempting) at Outer Sunset spot Devil’s Teeth Baking Company. And the strawberry and blueberry pie is no exception — it is a blast of tart-tastic flavors in one gooey slice. The sugary crust plays up the delicious fruits and adds extra mouth-watering, textural impact. This option is for full-fledged sweet enthusiasts (it’s serious, people!) and might we add — well worth the trek and the lines.

Devil’s Teeth Baking Company, 3876 Noriega Street (between 45th and 46th avenues), 415-683-5533.

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Apple Pie, Pig & Pie
It would be incredibly unjust of us to conduct a pie roundup and leave out apple … the OG flavor. We tasted newbie spot Pig & Pie’s delicious, nostalgic iteration and boy, was it yum. This traditional dessert features melt-in-your-mouth warm apple filling with a flaky crust lightly covered in cinnamon. We recommend heading to this new Mission eatery to get your holiday-centric cravings on a bit early, plus you can pair it with a sausage, which is kind of amazing if you ask us. Sweet and savory? Why not!

Pig & Pie, 2962 24th Street (between Alabama and Harrison streets); 415-401-8770.

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Asian Pear Mini-Pie, Mission Pie
If you haven’t had the pleasure of getting your grub on at Mission Pies — what are you waiting for? The Asian pear mini-pie is the way to go for those in search of a satisfying hint of fresh Hosui Asian pears, ginger, and lemon. It’s a zesty option that isn’t too tart and boasts loads of crumbs, which we dig. You can’t go wrong with this one, plus, it’s tiny size makes opting for seconds (somewhat) guilt-free. Count us in!

Mission Pie, 2901 Mission Street (between 25th and 26th streets); 415-282-1500.

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Banana Chocolate Mini-Pie, Black Jet Baking Company
Chocolate lovers, we didn’t forget about you! Behold, Black Jet’s banana-chocolate mini-pie. What it lacks in size, it makes up for in gigantic flavor! The dense, cookie-like crust, pieces of banana, light chocolate filling, and sprinkles of dark chocolate offer the perfect amount of palate-pleasing thrills. You can find these bite-sized goodies at the Ferry Building, ready to make their way into your belly!

Black Jet Baking Company, One Ferry Building, #38B; 415-845-9925.

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Pecan Pie, Arlequin Cafe
While we enjoy all the bells and whistles the fancy-smancy pie places have, we can’t forget the classics now, can we? Alongside apple, another back-to-basics flavor that manages to keep us on our toes? The ever-seasonal pecan pie, of course! Arlequin Cafe in Hayes Valley sells a slender, low-key, but delicious option that is a throwback to the Thanksgiving staple. Kick back outside and enjoy a cuppa Joe while savoring this tasty treat! Hey, we live every day like it's T-day!

Arlequin Cafe, 384 Hayes Street (between Franklin and Gough streets); 415-626-1211.

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Strawberry Rhubarb, Fillmore Bakeshop
This quaint Pacific Heights bakery is a sweet little oasis in the retail mayhem that is Fillmore Street. We're certain all the perusing will make you work up an appetite. Pop in for a post-shopping pie, like the strawberry rhubarb that hosts a plethora of local berries, house-made filling, and irresistible crust. A great mid-point for those who like their pies sweet, but not overbearing — it makes gobbling up one of these as easy as, well, you know ... pie.

Fillmore Bakeshop, 1890 Fillmore Street (between Sutter and Bush streets); 415-923-0711.

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Banana Cream Pie, Tartine Bakery
We’re not gonna lie: Tartine Bakery is typically the answer to all our craving conundrums. And the carb-centric hotspot doesn’t let us down in the pie sector either, thanks to the dark-chocolate-coated slice with a caramel-cream filling, bananas, and shaved chocolate on top. It's all we need to instantly put us in a stellar mood. Happiness on a plate! Give it a whirl, your taste buds will thank you.

Tartine Bakery, 600 Guerrero Street (between 19th and 18th streets); 415-487-2600.

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Okinawan Sweet Potato Pie, Pietisserie
One name that's tearing up the pie game is definitely Pietisserie, and we completely understand why. Two words: Hawaiian yams. The naturally purple, Hawaiian-grown yams lend a modestly sweet taste to this unique dessert. Let’s just say, this isn’t your Granny’s yam pie! Wanna indulge a little? Be sure to swing by resident pie-maker Jaynelle St. Jean's soon-to-open pie window in Oakland, but in the meantime catch her at Swan's Market. Nom.

Pietisserie Market Stand, Swan's Market, 538 9th Street (between Washington and Clay streets); 510-287-5353.

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