Pie. Across Eugene there has to be an array of it; vegan, local, mushy, buttery, unconventional, Crisco-y, from a Sysco truck, from the farm down the road–this is The Great Pie Adventure and it will go as far as my measly graduate student budget will allow. Bottoms up kids, we’re going in!
Reviewed so far:
Beckie’s Cafe–The pie at Beckie’s is divine. It is something you must try. Unlike the rest of the pies listed here, Beckie’s is located in the Rogue River Forest near Crater Lake. It’s worth stopping by if you’re out that way exploring though. Each day you can pick from about 13 different types of pie at this wonderful little cafe, where most everything is made from scratch. The crust is thin, buttery-looking and stuffed full of fruit (or chocolate cream, etc.). What’s most distinct about the fruit pies is that the filling is thick, it doesn’t run all over the plate. You can also top your pie with ice cream and sip it over a cup of coffee. Full review here.
Beckie’s| 56484 Oregon 62 Prospect, OR 97536|(541) 560-3563|Winter hours: Sun.-Thur. 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 8 a.m.-8 p.m.|Cost for a piece of pie with ice cream $3-$4|Whole pie $16-$18 (handmade in-house by a baker)
Overall rating: 5 out of 5
College student friendly? YES.| Food 5 out of 5| Prices: 5 out of 5| Environment: 5 out of 5.
Metropol Bakery—It is very obvious that the bakers at Metropol put a lot of love and care into each pie. Metropol does a great job with the classics, and an excellent job with the sour cream lemon pie, a pie that you aren’t going to find very many other places. The crusts are all wonderfully crafted: flaky and buttery. The apple crumble is very dense, the marionberry tastes fresh and the sour cream lemon pie is light, creamy like pudding, sweet and lemony. Full review here.
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.
Mom’s Pies—This downtown pie haven will bring you back to grandma’s kitchen in rural Oregon, where the decorations are sparse but the cookin’ is darn good. At any given time several varieties of pie are available by the slice. The slices, which vary from peach to strawberry rhubarb are freshly baked each day. Sometimes, later in the afternoon the selection dwindles down to apple-raspberry and apple, a last-pick that won’t leave you unsatisfied or sad. Coffee? Check. Ice cream? Check. Affordable? Yes indeed. Ignoring the atmosphere, this is the perfect place to satisfy your pie craving on a college budget. Then again, we’ve been known to have some of the best memories in the oddest places, Burrito Boy anyone? Full review here.
Mom’s Pies |1133 Willamette Street, Eugene, OR 97401| (541) 484-6667| Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.| Cost for a piece of pie: $2.99
College student friendly? Yes.| Food 4.5 out of 5| Prices: 5 out of 5| Environment: 3 out of 5 (It’s not bad, just a little awkward. Some music and more tables would help)
Sweet Life–Mixed berry pie. As a whole, the pie works well together. It is fresh, it is local and it’s filling. The raspberries are present, the blackberries an undertone and the strawberries a mummer. Meanwhile whole blueberries are present in just about every bite. The crust is golden and lightly covered with sugar. Where it comes together it is just a touch too dry. Full review here.
Sweet Life Patisserie|755 Monroe Street, Eugene, OR 97402-5135|(541) 683-5676|Hours: Mon.-Fri. 7a.m.-11p.m., Saturday-Sunday 8a.m.-11p.m.|Cost for a piece of mixed berry pie $4-$5
Overall rating: 4.5 out of 5
College student friendly? Yes.| Food 4.5 out of 5| Prices: 4 out of 5| Environment: 5 out of 5 AND they have coffee.