The Bang Bang Pie Shop

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2013/12/07 08:56:52 (permalink)

The Bang Bang Pie Shop

If you're a Chicagoland native or just a friend passing's a great stop for a slice of pie, a biscuit and jam or a great cup of coffee!
From their website...'s who they are..."We are artisans first and business people second. We believe in warm biscuits from scratch and handmade pie. We believe there will always be a need for the store on the corner. We strive to be consistent in an ever changing world."
...and what they want to do...
 In a world full of choices and too few great ones, we've developed a small but focused menu. Every day we offer one chocolate, cream and fruit pie option. Megan starts each week with only one thing in mind- creating the next best chocolate, cream, or fruit pie possible, with ingredients that match the season.    
We use social media and our website to announce menu changes.     Food doesn't hit our menu unless excited about it. Great food is what we've decided to do.  "If you want a shop that does everything for everybody- that's okay, but it's not us. We make food "how it used to be" and we guarantee that there's something for everyone on our menu. This isn't 1950's- industrialization of everything, type of food. It's your, what's in the back yard- 1850's style of cooking. It's what your Grandma's, Grandma ate."
They produce three flavors of pie daily with flavors changing every few weeks.  They are exquisitely produced with the freshest of ingredients and contain a large dose of value added love.  You feel it in the vibe when you walk in.  Seating indoors can accommodate 15-20 and outdoors for the summer months, the large backyard can easily seat an additional 50 pie lovers.  There's even fire pits for the fall and early spring seasons!
Back to the main event...I was driving around Chicago minding my own business on Thursday when my GPS guided me right to the front door.  The coordinates I was seeking were Pear Brandy Mince by Eggnog Cream! 
A little background as I am a fruit pie lover with a pre-disposition to Dutch,  Crumble and Sour Cream versions.  I also love Mince Pie and can get pretty aggressive around the holidays looking in all the right places.  That said...
This Pear Brandy Mince Pie is one of the best pies I have ever least til the next best slice comes along...and that's what keeps pie lovers trucking on!  It's the proverbial bait on the end of the hook!  Pears, apples, raisins, cranberries and a few other fruits are cooked down with their own natural juices and a variety of holiday spices, i.e., cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.  The resulting fruit sauce is the perfect compliment to the sweetened fruit.  It's all loaded into a lard leaf house made pie crust and topped with a pecan oat crumble. The fruit is intoxicating as it's been soaked in brandy and then cooked down into the aforementioned sauce while still maintaining slight crispness. 
Here's the whole pie...

And my slice...

I would rate this pie as a perfect 10...and A+...2 scores which I dole out on a very infrequent basis!   As I had just finished three Banh Mi sandwiches from Saigon Sisters...I took another flavor of pie to go!  Here's a look at the Eggnog Cream Pie....

Vegetarian by using a graham cracker crust, the Eggnog custard is topped with a crushed orange brittle which after bathing in the generous display of fresh whip cream, took on a consistency all it's own.  Again, a great piece of pie...not a perfect 10 but a great eight!
I've been a big fan of Bang Bang for a few years ever since they opened the brick and mortar shop after gaining fame via the food truck method!  I do need to mention the biscuits which I did not sample on this visit but I have had on numerous occasions.  First, they are not southern style in that they are bigger and made in small batches of 6 per tin.  They have a slight exterior crust but are soft and buttery in the middle.  They make their own jams and create unusual butters often mixing various herbs and spices into the butters.  On my most recent visit, it was pumpkin butter.  The jams have been out of site with every known berry on the planet called into action at one time or the other.
It's a small menu - 3 pies, occasionally one savory pie, biscuits, jams and butters and great coffee and tea.  That's it...except for the occasional candy bacon!  Brown sugar coated bacon is oven roasted to sweet and crunchy perfection!  So good, so little of it!  Most times it's sold out as oven space is at a premium in this little storefront! 
The warm and cozy atmosphere - it's 7 degrees out as I write this - is available 7 days a week...and so are the pies!
!Bang Bang! Pie and Biscuits
2051 North California Avenue
Chicago, IL   60647-3968
post edited by ChiTownDiner - 2013/12/07 14:48:58

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