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Hoosier Mama Pie in Chicago

Jonathan is back with a guest post about pies! Mmmm... pie week is great. This makes me want to live in Chicago. We don't really have stores like this in New York. We only have the cupcake craze... but they have pies! I want some pie now... but as a substitute, reading about pies and looking at his drool-worthy pictures will do for now...

I don't have much of a sweet tooth, but there are two major exceptions: cookies and pies. For these two, I have a weakness. This weakness compels me to not only eat the cookies and pies, but also somehow obsessively rank them in my head. I have this running top five list for each. The lists themselves are very reminiscent of Rob Fleming from High Fidelity; and every once in a while I find myself listing off other things.

For example, top five things Danny-will-rant-about:

  1. Food moralist/slow food
  2. Food moralist/slow food
  3. Food moralist/slow food
  4. Food moralist/slow food
  5. The price of a burger/sandwich

I tend to rank cookies and pies and then eat them in streaks. The top five at the moment:

  1. Maple Chess Pie
  2. Banana Crème Pie
  3. Apple Pie
  4. Pecan Pie
  5. Sweet Potato Pie

Top Five Cookies:

  1. Cranberry White Chocolate Chip
  2. Chocolate Chip
  3. Samoans
  4. Lace Cookies
  5. White Chocolate Macadamia Nut

So I was excited to hear that Paula Haney was opening a storefront in the Ukrainian Village for her Hoosier Mama Pie Co. Her store is not the first pie-centric store in Chicago, but it does have one distinct advantage over its competition – a name exploding with awesomeness.


The store captures the nostalgic spirit of its namesake and pies in general. The décor has a rustic home porch feel. While there is a picnic-like table in the window and two small tables inside, space is limited. Above the counter are three chalkboards with the day's pies. I ordered two slices of sweet pie (Chocolate Chess Pie and Banana Cream Pie) and a savory supper pie (Pork Apple Sage) to go.


When I got home, I attempted to wait till "suppertime" to eat the pie, but was wholly unsuccessful. I dipped into the banana crème first. The pie settled and oozed into place exposing a crème filling dotted with specks of vanilla. The pie was smooth and light and a nice appetizer for the pies to come.


I had been looking forward to the Chocolate Chess Pie. It may be a southern thing, but I love a good simple sweet custardy chess pie. This chocolate chess pie was not quite what I expected, but it was good. It was a dark, thick chocolate pie. It reminded me more of a chocolate tart than a chess pie, but nonetheless delicious.

By this time I was ready for the savory pie. The pork apple sage pie was filled with apples, pork and potato. Despite its hearty veneer, it was actually much lighter than I expected. The airy, flaky crust and tart apple helped balance the aromatic sage and pork. I was surprised, but I liked this pie the most.

I have to say that Paula Haney makes a nice pie. In general she keeps it simple. And that's the way pie should be. While there are still a lot of pies at Hoosier Mama that I want to try (like any fruit pie), I find myself already thinking, "supper pie must be the greatest all-in-one meal ever; or at least in the top five."

Hoosier Mama Pie
1618 1/2 Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60654

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  • An address or a link would be nice :)

  • ah.. good catch :)

  • You can also check out their website:

  • Hoosier Pie - yummo. Must agree.

  • i hope you mean samoas and you're not actually in the habit of partaking of polynesian people. :)

    seriously though, your pictures are amazing.

  • "The pie was smooth and light and a nice appetizer for the pies to come."

    You are my kinda person.

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