Didn’t go to O Pie O. Wanted to, like the name, like pie. Wasn’t
going to have time but leaving The Echo for breakfast, we found they
had a stand at the “Farmer’s” Market just around the corner in
downtown Hyde Park. They were handing our samples of their honey
vinegar pie, nice crust and sweet custardy filling. I was über
intrigued by their whole pies…the honey vinegar we tried, but the
other two were Rhubarb and Peach Paprika. Good season for the
Rhubarb and curious about paprika and peach together. Apparently you
can get slices at the shops…but not at the market??? And having seen
the menu on the sign thought they should call them mortgage pies.
Not gonna happen.
The Honey Vinegar Sample Encouraged Purchase
Instead we got one each of the hand pies…a rustic Umbrian veggie, a ham cheese and roasted red pepper, strawberry frangipan, and a creamy blueberry. The crust on all the pies is a seriously flaky and darkly baked pastry. Very nice. The green of the veggie pie (spinach & kale maybe?) was peppered with the concentrated tangy acidity of sun dried tomato, much more interesting than expected. Thick slices of ham, yellow cheese and thin strips of roasted red pepper came together fairly well, the best part of all the pies was the crust.
The blueberry suffered from a much skimpier filling than the other
three pies, end of the batch or on purpose, who knows, but it was
too bad since whatever dairy went with the fruit added a full
richness to the mildly tart berries without quashing them. Would
have been much better anywhere near as full as the others. The
almond flavor of the frangipane worked well with the
strawberries…and there was enough to make a difference. These are
very Bougie pies, nicely constructed for the most part, interesting
and well combined flavors, but more a rare treat for the masses.
Rustic Umbrian Veggie
Sweet & Bitter Greens With Tangy Dried Tomatoes
Crusty Ham & Cheese
With Little Pop From Roasted Peppers
Might Have Ended Up Outside
Worked Well With The Berries Of Straw
|Sent Multiple Folks Away
Not Splitting Full Pies
|$ & Under-filled Pies