Celebrating with Pie (at Bang Bang Pie and Biscuits)
It’s been nearly two months since we were last at Bang Bang Pie and Biscuits, and I’ve been thinking about this place ever since. Maybe not every single day, but… I would say at least once every two or three days. Easily.
So today, after running several errands, we ventured back over to Logan Square for a slice of pie and some coffee. And it was delicious. Liz got the Grasshopper (Sweet Mint Chiffon Filling, Cocoa Whipped Cream, Shaved Chocolate, Dark Chocolate Cookie Crust) and I got the Boston Cream (Vanilla Bean Custard, Dark Chocolate Ganache, Graham Cracker Crust).
One major reason I’ve had their pies and biscuits on my mind? Shortly after coming in to the shop for the first time, I started following them on Instagram.
The photos there are fantastic, and I say this without hyperbole – following them on Instagram is both a gift, and a curse.
The staff was friendly as always, but on our way out one of the guys chased after us at the door. He asked how things were, and said he was glad to see us again. I learned later that this was Michael Ciapciak, one of the owners of the shop.
Amazingly, he remembered us from our first visit many weeks ago – remarking that he hadn’t seen us since then.
I mentioned that I had been thinking of their pies ever since that visit, but I don’t know if I got around to mentioning that we had moved down to Hyde Park (and were working on fixing up a house, and all that that entails).
We parted ways soon after, with him saying he was happy to see us again and us fairly amazed he had remembered us at all.
On my way out, I was really tempted to get some biscuits to go. I wasn’t hungry after the pie, but I felt this odd compulsion to grab more food while we were here. I felt like a nervous squirrel in late October, and wanted to shove biscuits into my mouth for safekeeping, to eat later. When I told Liz about this, she said “You know, we can just come back here.”
Well, I guess that’s a solution too. I walked away without ordering any biscuits, albeit with some difficulty.