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Bang Bang Pie Shop

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Photograph: Martha Williams
Bang Bang Pie Shop
Logan Square

You could say this place is a coffee shop: It roasts its own beans to create bold, serious cups of hot and iced coffee. Besides, back when this business was a food truck, it was called Bang Bang Pie and Coffee. But now, the coffee has been lopped off, and it’s mainly a pie shop. There’s a particular charm to that—a place where you can just meet someone for a slice of pie. I’ve done it three times now: The crust on two visits was flaky and crumbly; in one case, it was chewy and soggy. The fillings have been similarly all over the board: deep, rich chocolate in the French silk on one trip; flavor-lacking strawberries on another. On two of three visits, I ate the biscuits. They are, in a word, necessary. Have you spent any considerable time thinking about how amazing it is that there exists a socially accepted vehicle for consuming this much butter? Think about it. Then start thinking of Bang Bang as a weekend breakfast spot, because there are only two days of the week these things get topped with a peppery gravy. 2051 N California Ave (773-276-8888).

Venue name: Bang Bang Pie Shop
Address: 2051 N California Ave
Chicago

Cross street: between Dickens and McLean Aves
Venue phone: 773-276-8888
Website: http://bangbangpie.com
Opening hours: Tue–Fri 7am–7pm; Sat 9am–5pm; Sun 9am–4pm (closed Mon)
Transport: El stop: Blue to California. Bus info: 52, 56, 73.
Price: Average slice of pie: $5
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