My last treat in Toronto would be some pie and another trip to Kensington market. When thinking of how I wanted to end this excursion with a few hours to boarding, there was no other place I wanted to be. You never get enough snacks on a plane ride, even if it’s unlimited cookies and pretzels for a five hour flight. So stocking my belly full of pie that can be both a meal and a dessert, seemed like the obvious and smart choice here.
The building was hard to miss with its all yellow exterior, green trim with matching awning, and its name in scripted blue. And if you miss that, the patio with blue and yellow chairs and the light up plastic soft serve cone sure won’t be missed.
Inside it was just as rich in colour with art both edible and ornamental. The latter was by local artists for sale, on display. There was so much more colouring in the desserts and pastries behind glass, and even the cups used at their self serve water display were in a rainbow.
When looking to purchase, I was tempted by one of their ornate sugar cookies: giant cyclopses in dress, animated panda bears, neon butterflies, calico cats, princess crowns, skulls with crossed bones, and even a head strong rhinoceros; this was a miscellaneous bunch of biscuits with a punk rock feel. But I came here for the pie, so had to by pass it all. Pie is what the cafe’s name suggests, and pie is what I was going to stick to.
The triple long showcase was packed with single and share sized pies, in 6, 8, and 9 inches. Out the outside glass, in front of each kind was a label. On this label was their logo and the flavour of the pie in sharpie. The logo, a stick figured women in a yellow dress, with arms thrown back, she seems to be dancing on a red filling pie. They had fruit filled pies in cherry apricot, lemon meringue, wild blueberry, raspberry or strawberry with rhubarb, and peach praline. And pies in nut, cream, and custard; like chocolate pecan, peanut butter mousse, and coconut and banana cream.
With the clerk’s recommendation for my question of “which is their best pie”, I ended up with their award winning cherry. They warmed it up and the buttery, crumbly crust paired perfectly with the tart cherry and its sweet jelly. I could see why this one won.
Desserts went on and on with all sort of flavours of cakes, tarts, cheesecakes, squares, and cookies. They also had muffins and croissants with vegan and gluten free solutions. It was hard to decide on which or what to get, with all the viable choices on display in front of you. And there is much more available if you ordered with them a day in advance.
And if you are looking for a little more substance they also offer lunch with soup and sandwiches, pizza, perogies, and quiches. With daily specials like Mac and cheese and their signature enchilada pie.
Would I come back? – Yes.
Would I line up for it? – No.
Would I recommend it? – Yes.
Would I suggest this to someone visiting from out of town? – No.
This was a cozy spot for some comfort food. A neat cafe to meet up at, as unique as the area it was in. I would return on occasion if this were part of my neighbourhood in Vancouver. Don’t deny your cravings.