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Mission Pie

2901 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA - (415) 282-4PIE
Posted By Joe Seiwert on 9/20/2011 10:30:00 PM
Mission Pie takes its name from Mission Street, a lively, gritty, and sensual neighborhood that teems with day and night activity and ethnic pleasures of the gustatory kind. It is easily accessible by bus lines from Van Ness Boulevard adjacent to downtown (47 and 49). It's also down the street from two other equally remarkable Roadfood places, Taqueria San Jose and Dianda's Italian Pastries.

Is there a greater concentration of Roadfood recommendations anywhere else in the world? Mission Street is, of course, named for Mission Dolores, the San Francisco Mission of Spanish colonial origin, which is a pilgrimage of another kind to this section of the city. The bakers at Mission Pie have made it their mission to produce savory and sweet pies of incomparable creation.

San Francisco is the home of the local food movement, and Mission Pie is a devotee with no ingredients produced further than 100 miles from the bakery. Ingredients and offerings are seasonal, resulting in a fresh and winsome pastry. I did not know I liked peach pie. In fact, I was sure I did not. I was wrong, and I do. It is that good.

The pastry is the star. It is flaky and flavorful, and provides a salty contrast to the sweet fillings. To the savory fillings, it is the spice that intensifies the flavor of the potato and green chile tart, or the spinach and goat cheese quiche.

A visit to this section would be worthwhile for the pie alone; with the proximity of other Roadfood destinations, one might well plan a life here, or at least a morning, afternoon, or evening.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Spinach and Goat Cheese Quiche
Banana Cream Pie
Potato Leek Tart
Peach Pie w/ Ice Cream
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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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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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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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