Cart Closed – now restaurant
Location: 521 NE 24th – The Ocean
Hours: Wed-Sun: 12pm-8pm | Closed Mon & Tues
Everyone loves pie. When someone mentions pie in a crowded room, heads turn and tongues salivate. In Portland, we’re blessed with some great pie makers and even a pie-off and with The Pie Spot, we have pie makers making pie holes.
The Pie Spot is the work of Ashley and Jessica and is housed in a vintage trailer at the D-Street Noshery in southeast Portland. Both Ashley and Jessica have loved pie their entire lives and with culinary arts degrees and 12-15 years in the business, they know what they’re doing in the kitchen. Jessica, the pie whisperer, has achieved that point where she knows exactly when the pie crust is done based on the smell. Not a bad skill to have. The ladies specialize in Pie Holes – small individual size pies that are hand crafted and baked daily. Their goal isn’t to re-invent the pie, but to perfect it.
Every day on Twitter during the summer, some of my friends declare it as “pie day,” as if every day is pie day. With all the fresh fruit we get here in Oregon, pie is a natural choice as a vessel to enjoy it. While the cart offers flavors like apple, lemon, pecan and chocolate-hazelnut year around, they add in seasonal flavors like marionberry, raspberry apricot or bourbon peach in the summer. Winter options feature pumpkin or candied yam and other amazing flavors. The pie hole sits in your hand, the epitome of culinary beauty, waiting for you to take that first bite. The crust crumbles in your mouth with the tartness of the marionberry hitting your tongue and filling covering your lips and the sides of your mouth. This is one of those moments in eating when you don’t grab for your napkin. You allow for the pie to sit on your lips and cheeks and use your tongue to lap it all up it is so good. While I always recommend sharing, have your friends order their own pies here so you can have one all to yourself.
The Pie Spot redefined pie for me by creating it in a small single size serving. Instead of buying a whole pie of just one flavor, for the same price, you can get a few pie holes of different flavors. Ashley and Jessica do Portland proud with their pie and have recently added ice cream from Salt and Straw so you can have your pie hole a la mode. Check out The Pie Spot at D-Street Noshery for a great treat or contact them to get pie holes for your next event. Let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.
[The Pie Spot moved to NE 24th in October 2012]
Pie Holes are $3.50 each. Some of the flavors available throughout the year include:
- lemon, apple, pecan, S’more pie, chocolate hazelnut
- Winter/Fall flavors include: pumpkin, pear and fig, candied yam, winter squash
- Seasonal flavors offered regularly – check their Facebook page for updates