Sweet potato and pecan pie at B&B's Barbeque.
I'm still in search of seasonal berry pies, but I did encounter decadent Southern style pie. I dropped in at B&B's Barbeque for a slice each of sweet potato and pecan pie. And, no, I did not eat both slices by myself. I shared. Mostly.
The pies are a chewy, rich experience at B&B's Barbeque, which is located inside Freighthouse Square (also home to Cookies Your Way, a dessert emporium for lovers of straight-out-of-the oven homemade cookies).
Sweet potato pie and pecan pie are the pie choices at B & B --
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and you can't go wrong with either. In fact, order both. They're an affordable indulgence at $2.50 a slice.
The sweet potato pie tasted of sweet potatoes, which I like. Too much spice pushes sweet potato pie into a wannabe pumpkin pie. B&B's spikes the sweet potato pie lightly with cinnamon and nutmeg. You can taste the spices, but it doesn't distract from the pure sweet potato flavor. The filling is creamy rich from sweetened condensed milk and a drizzle of butter in the mix, one of the staff members told us. He also said that they bake their sweet potatoes, and would never boil and mash (which every baker of sweet potato pie knows leads to a watery filling).
The flavor of the sweet potato pie is less sweet than most sweet potato pies I've eaten. And less sweet also is how I would describe the B&B pecan pie, which was loaded with a thick layer of fresh pecans on top of a gooey filling that was rich and buttery, but not oozy and overtly sweet like some pecan pie really can be. The crusts on both pies struck us as possibly of the prefabricated variety, but it was not a bad crust by any means. The crust was shortening based with maybe a little too much crumble, but otherwise a sturdy foundation for both slices.
Your turn: Have you discovered any pie finds? Please post here. And, over here in this pie thread, TNT Diner readers have even more suggestions on where to find good pie around town.
B & B's Barbeque
Where: 440 E. 25th St., Tacoma (inside Freighthouse Square)