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Mission Pie

2901 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA - (415) 282-4PIE
Posted By Chris & Amy Ayers on 4/16/2010 9:20:00 PM
Mission Pie is named not only for the famous San Francisco street where it’s located, but also for its overarching philosophy: to provide at-risk youth with a meaningful, community-based work experience in baking pies. Its promise of sustainability ranges from locally farmed ingredients and reclaimed building materials to offering tap water in lieu of costly bottled water and a 25-cent bring-your-own-cup discount on coffee and tea drinks. It’s all part of the Bay Area’s—and the state of California’s—long-standing commitment to the environment, but pie-lovers come here for their impeccable baked goods.

The fun of visiting our foodie pal Erin often involves trying new foods. She’d never had sweet potato pie before, and we’d never even heard of Lemon Shaker Pie. The sweet potato was smooth, creamy yet substantial, and redolent of cinnamon. The Lemon Shaker was baked with whole lemon rinds but was not at all tart as one might expect: sweet lemony pulp sheathed in flaky crust with coarse sugar sprinkled on top. This pie was so delicious that we immediately bought a whole one to take home. And let’s not forget the banana cream! This is definitely the best example of this classic west of the Mississippi, with soft banana slices, custardy thick filling, and light cream topping. These pies are not tall and showy, but Mission Pie produces some beautiful pies with lots of love and a wise vision for the future.

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Shaker Lemon Pie
Sweet Potato Pie
Banana Cream Pie
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The shaker lemon pie had just the right balance between sweet and tart.
"The shaker lemon pie had just the right balance between sweet and tart."
Cliff Strutz





We have never seen a banana cream pie have such clearly defined layers as this.  Still, an excellent slice of pie.
"We have never seen a banana cream pie have such clearly defined layers as this. Still, an excellent slice of pie."
Cliff Strutz


This generous slice of sweet potato is a wonderful example of this classic pie.
"This generous slice of sweet potato is a wonderful example of this classic pie."
Chris & Amy Ayers


We’re not sure if this Shaker Lemon Pie refers to the Shaker/Amish community (or maybe an Amish recipe), but it is indeed our favorite and a unique must-eat when in the Bay Area.
"We’re not sure if this Shaker Lemon Pie refers to the Shaker/Amish community (or maybe an Amish recipe), but it is indeed our favorite and a unique must-eat when in the Bay Area."
Chris & Amy Ayers


Banana cream pie may be lighter in the South, but here it is substantial and quite flavorful.
"Banana cream pie may be lighter in the South, but here it is substantial and quite flavorful."
Chris & Amy Ayers



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Joe Seiwert



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Joe Seiwert


The availability of any pie changes daily, but Mission Pie usually features apple, nut, lemon, and other fruit varieties.
"The availability of any pie changes daily, but Mission Pie usually features apple, nut, lemon, and other fruit varieties."
Chris & Amy Ayers


In addition to fruit pies, a full line of savories (chicken or steak pot pies, quiches, galettes, and tarts) rotates every day.
"In addition to fruit pies, a full line of savories (chicken or steak pot pies, quiches, galettes, and tarts) rotates every day."
Chris & Amy Ayers



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Joe Seiwert


The available pies 4/26/13.
"The available pies 4/26/13."
Cliff Strutz


The “mission” of Mission Pie is just as meaningful as their pies are delectable.
"The “mission” of Mission Pie is just as meaningful as their pies are delectable."
Chris & Amy Ayers



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