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).
Bang Bang Pie Shop
|Venue name:||Bang Bang Pie Shop|
2051 N California Ave
|Cross street:||between Dickens and McLean Aves|
|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|