Our adventure continues with Metropol Bakery, a bakery where everything is made from scratch and the dessert case is full of both classic and unconventional creations. It is very obvious that the bakers at Metropol put a lot of love and care into each pie.
The crumble is perfectly crunchy, though almost too sweet when coupled with the apples. The pie filling is dense but not so much that you can’t finish your piece of pie. It’s amusing because the pie is so dense that it actually tips backwards. The apples are mushy and the crumble tastes of butter. The crumble is exactly what it should be: home-y.
The most noticeable thing about the marionberry pie is that the marionberries taste fresh. It honestly tastes like someone went out, picked berries from their backyard and baked a pie and in Oregon during blackberry season, there is no excuse for blackberry/marionberry pie not to taste like that.
The berries have a bit of a tartness that are perfectly balanced by sugar and inevitably the crust is soft where the berries touch it. However, very little of the crust is affected, the rest is buttery and flaky. The ratio of filling to crust is just right, but the size of the piece of pie is lacking.
Sour Cream Lemon Pie:
Really? Doesn’t it just sound amazing?
The sour cream lemon pie is creamy like pudding, sweet and lemony. While you can instantly taste the lemon it isn’t overpowering and you don’t taste the sour cream. The flavors complement each other well, creating a light pie that isn’t overbearingly tart. It’s topped with fresh whipped cream, a lemon slice and a strawberry slice and the crust is thin and flaky.
There are some things you must do in your time at UO: Find out first-hand why downtown is called Bermuda, write a sob story to your professor so that you can watch reruns of Arrested Development in your PJs all day, hit Rennies in-between classes and go to Pita Pit (most assuredly not high) at 3 a.m. Eating pie at Metropol belongs on that list.
Metropol|2538 Willamette Street, Eugene, OR 97405| (541) 465-4730| Hours: M-F 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 7 a.m.-8 p.m.| Cost for a piece of pie: around $4
Overall rating: 5 out of 5
College student friendly? Yes.| Food 5 out of 5| Prices: 4.5 out of 5| Environment: 5 out of 5 (They currently have a tribute to Brian Lanker, a Eugene photographer up) AND they have coffee.
Hat Tip to Miss Kylie Keppler who was kind enough to join me on the venture and who’s lemon-pie eating capabilities I’m very jealous of.