If ever humans were forced to choose between the pie and the cake, there is no doubt that the pie would be the winner. Cake just could never be what pie is. It’s a one-note song, while Pie is a symphony. The pie can be sweet. It can be tasty. It may have flaky crusts or crumbly crusts or crusts that carry large amounts of butter. It may contain fruit or chocolate or chicken or nuts. It’s full of comfort, tradition, nostalgia and love. It can be topped with whipped cream or ice cream or sugar or meringue. It’s messy and delicious and good for all three meals.
That’s why, while there is a lot to love about the holidays, the one thing that never disappoints is that it’s officially pie season. And that’s why we’ve put together this list of our favorite pie shops in SF, including a few that only offer them during the holidays (which means, if you don’t want to miss any of them, you’re going to need to eat a lot of pie in the coming weeks, you are welcome). And it should be noted: whoever started the idiom “as easy as pie” clearly never tried to make one. Between making the perfect crust from scratch, getting all the flavors just for the topping, the mesh tops and everything in between, well, we bet this person would eat a humble pie if they actually tried.