Monday, September 13, 2010
The glorious goodness of Hunka Pie.
See, I could start this off so many ways, but I’ll start this way — the worst thing about Mondays for me is the fact I can’t go get my favorite pie. Seriously. Though honestly, Chris Monroe hasn’t always baked that pear-ginger pie and I don’t always get over there when he does.
Of course, I’m talking about Hunka Pie, the eclectic little pie shop inside the equally eclectic Galaxy Furniture in Argenta. I don’t get there as often as I would like, but I try to nab a picked up slice any time I hear someone’s heading into the area. I have about eight favorites, to tell you the truth, including my new one above. More honesty — I’ve tried a whole dang lot of the pies Chris has produced, and I haven’t found one I haven’t liked yet. I’m sure if he tried really hard, I might. But I doubt it.
See, Chris has been blessed with this talent to create some fantastic pies. That Blackberry Pie (up there on the top of this article) was a real surprise to me — not because it was good, no sir. I went in with my friend Suzanne the other day, and she was cruising for chocolate. I almost went that way myself, but I had to try the Blackberry because frankly I love blackberry. Chris has managed to create this perfect blend between a French-style crumb crust and the best parts of a blackberry cobbler. He even heated it up a little, too.
Suzanne hadn’t been to Hunka Pie before, and she seemed to really dig the Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie she chose. It looked and smelled awesome. While I snapped pictures I wondered if I’d chosen poorly. But that’s the thing — Chris always has a whole lot of choices — unless you go right before he’s sold out, then he’s down to just a few. I’m rambling.
Outdoor events, too. I first fell in love with that pear-ginger tart at the Argenta Foodie Festival this summer. I loved the firmness of the pears, the smart snap of fresh ginger and the flaky crust all together. I also tried the Sugar Cookie Dutch Peach Pie (what you see pictured right there) — so damn decadent with all these great textures. Fan-freakin’-tastic.
As it is, Hunka Pie is a rare treat for me, one I only afford if I go to Argenta. Though, since Chris usually has a lunch special going on, I should make it over there more often. I should.
You should, too. Check it out inside Galaxy Furniture, on Main Street half a block north of Broadway. Or check out the Hunka Pie Facebook fan page. I bet if you make a request Chris would probably come through.