Mmmm, pie, made by my crusty old landlady.
I knew this would happen. I wondered what took so long. I've been in this business 22 years -- long enough to know that when there's a cute pop-culture tie-in to be made, you'll find a reporter somewhere.
In fact, I had the idea months ago. But I haven't been in the mood for movies lately. As for pie -- well, I love good pie (especially with flaky lard crust), but my calories are better committed elsewhere.
I'm talking about "Waitress" and this e-mail I received from Tuddo, an Ed's Diner regular:
I just watched the movie "Waitress" at the Grand and it got me hungry for pie. In the movie the title character works at a restaurant where everything is served in a pie. She is always dreaming up a new pie to suit her mood or her circumstances. It seems as if the classic American dessert has been relegated to the diner type of restaurants and has not been elevated to "haute cuisine", or am I wrong? Do you know of any great pies here in Tacoma? I'd just as soon pick up a frozen one at the grocery store than eat one in most places in town.
Haute pie? They'd better not. 'Nuff said.
When I want pie, I race to Don's Drive-In in Puyallup. I recall a slice of Don's rhubarb pie last year. The flaky crust had a delicious, sugary crackle.
I've also enjoyed flashbacks of Antique Sandwich Co.'s marionberry pie; its tender, flaky double crust served as the thinnest of a shell for the tangy filling. I mentioned in my that Antique's peanut butter pie was pretty good, too.
The key lime pie at Shenanigans was great until they stuffed it in a shot glass. I dug the slice of key lime I ate at The Ram on Ruston recently. Ditto the slice at Hearthfire Grill in Olympia.
I've also had decent, but not entirely memorable, slices at Knapps in the Proctor and Angela's on Portland Avenue.
I've been meaning to drop into Boston Harbor Pies in Olympia, but there's only so much pastry I can put in my body.
Tuddo said, "If you don't care for pies, I would happily volunteer as the TNT pie critic."
Believe me, Tuddo, I've considered taking on an intern. Until then, let me just deputize everyone in the South Sound with the authority to tell me (and Tuddo) where to get really good pie.
The pie comment lines are open ...
PIE PS: Oh, yeah: The deadline for the Puyallup Fair pie contests -- making them, not eating them (sorry, Tuddo) -- is Aug. 31.