Sweetie’s Pie Diner
In the movie Waitress, Keri Russell (a.k.a. Felicity) plays a pie genius/waitress who works in a pie diner and can only express her emotions through pie making: I Hate My Husband Pie, Falling in Love Chocolate Mousse Pie, or Old Joe’s Horny Pie. It is a wonderful little movie that leaves you feeling hopeful and hungry. One of my favorite parts of the movie was the “pie diner” concept. (For a link to all of the pies in the movie, click here.)
On Saturday, my husband and I decided to venture over to the Fairmount Park area of the city – a nice walk when the weather is right, a really long walk when it is 24 degrees outside. We intended to visit Sabrina’s Café and Spencer’s Too,, but unfortunately the fifty people ahead of us in line shared this great idea. So we kept walking towards Green St. and the Belgian Café until we found ourselves in front of Sweetie’s Pie Diner on the corner of 18th and Spring Garden. A recent review of the new diner in the City Paper intrigued us. But it was the 27 desserts daily part and the “pie diner” concept that sealed the deal for me.
Sweetie’s Pie Diner, which opened in October 2009, is an organic, vegetarian and locally-sourced diner with a variety of vegan and gluten-free options. At Sweeties, the pies are available for breakfast, lunch and dinner. All come with a soup or salad and are made fresh with local organic ingredients. The savory pies go up to $9.50 and the weekend brunch pies are around $7.50. The menu rotates on a weekly basis and you can also pre-order whole pies.
Ryan and I started brunch by sharing an inviting bowl of Thai Chick Pea Curry soup made of chick peas, coconut milk, tomatoes, potatoes, basil, curry and cilantro. Ryan ranked it on par with our favorite soup in the city at Café Lutecia (23rd and Lombard). It was rich and filling with just the right kick of flavor. Ryan ordered the gluten-free Cauliflower Cheese Pie and I had a Vegetable Tart made from polenta crust with nice side salad of mixed greens with a cole slaw/raisin mixture. While we enjoyed both brunch entrees, his pie was definitely the more savory and hearty of the two. My tart was a bit sparse and unsatisfying so I will definitely try something else when we return.