Magpie, just opened on South Street West, is so good we can almost still taste it. Super sweet butterscotch custard carries a welcome sharp tinge of bourbon flavor in every creamy mouthful, and the texture of the filling is near-perfect: not too mushy, not too stiff. The flaky crust stretches along the bottom in an ultra-thin but sturdy layer, popping up around the side edge to provide a hearty backbone. It’s a crust you’re happy to nibble on after the inside is gone.
The butterscotch bourbon option is actually the simplest offering at the new pie-only cafe. The late summer menu holds three savory options - we ate a whole square of the ham, egg and Gruyère-filled croque monsieur pie without even noticing - as well as a trio of fruit pies and four under the “custard” moniker. The homey cupboard arrangements, a cozy seating nook surrounded by patterned wallpaper and a marble counter with stools all make you feel like you’re enjoying a slice of pie in grandma’s kitchen. Assuming your grandmother was as kick-ass a baker as Magpie owner Holly Riccardi.
1622 South St.; 267-519-2904