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Pi(e) Day

Happy π Day, LocalEaters. Allow me to be the millionth blogger to use this day of 3/14 as a flimsy excuse to write about that crusty, goo-filled wonderment: pie. It should probably have its own week or month, rather than having to split a day with an inedible irrational number, but so it goes. In honor of this crusty holiday, our staff and friends weighed in with some of their favorite non-pizza pies nationwide.

The Sour Cream Apple Walnut Pie from the Little Pie Company (New York, NY). Little. Tangy. Delicious.

Chocolate pie from Arnold's Country Kitchen (Nashville, TN). The chess pie is no slouch either.

May Day Pie from Ramsey's Diner (Lexington, KY) made at Missy's Pie Shop. So sacred is the "Derby Pie" in KY that it's trademarked and appears under various coded names at restaurants.

Michigan Sour Cherry Pie from Bubby's (New York, NY) Four pounds of cherries per pie. Oh, my!

Coconut cream pie from Busy Corner (Goodfield, IL)

Deep dish Key lime pie from Guppy's on the Beach (Indian Rocks Beach, FL) 

Apple pie from Wasik's Cheese Shop (Wellesley, MA). Only available during the holiday season. 

Cherry pie from Two Little Red Hens (New York, NY)

Strawberry pie (seasonal) from Esther's Restaurant (Fredericksburg, PA)

Boston cream pie from Marche (Nashville, TN). Nary a bad dessert is produced in Margot McCormack's kitchens. 

Featured blogger Ellen Fork swears by the apple pie from Blue Duck Tavern (Washington, D.C.)

Triple Coconut Cream Pie from Etta's or Dahlia (Seattle). President Obama can't resist Tom Douglas's signature decadent dessert. He's had at least four servings to date. 

La Tarte Tatin (the upside down apple tart pictured below) from Le Gigot (New York, NY). Apple pie need not always be so American.

Pie Day

As an added pie day bonus, enjoy a few pie-related pop culture moments. Find yourself some pie to dive into, but don't ever trust the floor pie.  

Don't ever refuse pie. It will enrage your significant other or co-workers.

Paul F. Tompkins solves the Cake vs Pie problem. I disagree with the conclusion, but applaud the undertaking.

When you have a fugitive situation, never count out the nearest house of pies.

Local Tweats Roundup

Despite the overwhelming dominance of shameless plugs, humblebrags and baffling tweetspeak that only 12-16 year-olds understand, Twitter still hosts an abundance of relevant, useful and humorous food and restaurant related content. Here's a handful of this week's best tweets. Speaking of self-promotion, feel free to follow us @LocalEaters

Sarah J. Gim (@the delicious): "New kitchen has two ovens. it's like theyre mocking my inability to bake." Sort of a first world problem, but we've all felt like our kitchen appliances are taunting us at one time or another.

Paul F. Tompkins (@PFTompkins) live tweeted the Oscars: "The mac & cheese commercial with Seymour Cassell is the best movie of the year so far." No argument here. Watch it.

Andrew Zimmern (@andrewzimmern): The host of Bizarre Foods tweeted drool-worthy photos of not-entirely-bizarre foods at one our favorite Memphis restaurants, The Bar-B-Q Shop. "BBQ bologna cheese sausage peppers saltines at BBQ Shop. http://twitpic.com/8sku70"

Kyle Kinane (@kylekinane): On yipster dining habits: "Hipsters are the new yuppies then, right? 'Hot new' music sounds like Phil Collins and everyone wants to go to vegan fusion restaurants."

Sam Sifton (@SamSifton): The NY Times editor mourns his favorite rapper with some choice food-related lyrics. "RIP Biggie: 'Come to spread the butter lyrics over hominy grits.' "  Another user's follow up is worth noting: "that was method man though, old white guy." Close enough … Biggie's name is still on the song (and he clearly was no stranger to butter).

Anthony Bourdain (@noreservations) weighs in on the Olive Garden review that went viral. "Very much enjoying watching Internet sensation Marilyn Hagerty triumph over the snarkologists (myself included)." We laughed and rolled our eyes. We reconsidered when we realized everyone reacted the same way. We now have her back. An emotionally taxing day on the interwebs. 

Lucky Peach (@LuckyPeach): "I think I just got criticized by a fortune cookie. http://t.co/C1uy8tCY" It bodes better than the dreaded empty fortune cookie.

Scotty L. (@MarylandMudflap): "I'm lookin for capitalists to invest in a new restaurant! No 'menu' yet, but every night I'm gonna fall down stairs with a full tea service." This would be the first legitimately entertaining dinner theater in the world. 

Tim Siedell (@badbanana): On the lack of advancement in breakfast innovation: "We have enough breakfast items for the toaster now, food scientists. Move on to the car heater vent." 

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