Peasant Pies are touted as meals-to-go, which is true enough, but they should also be called, 'meals-at-speed' because that's how fast I ate them. Walking out with peasant pies in hand is like scoring giant cookies, and they are eaten accordingly. With three locations in San Francisco, you cannot escape the Lure of the Pies. You canNOT. I visited the storefront on Irving St., just a couple of blocks away from Golden Gate Park. My Plan A) was to take my purchases to the park for a nice picnic. This is foolishness. Those buggers disappeared before I hit the first stoplight. My next Great Plan was to bring them home to heat up. The Peasant Pies clerk knew better and asked if I wanted them warmed first. "No", I smugly replied, 'I'll heat them up at home." You know what happened. The lesson here is, always take the advice of someone wearing an apron with the words 'Pies for the People' spelled out on the front. Note to self: at least these pies taste really dandy when they're cold.
The gurus behind this mini chain are owner/manager Ali Keshavarz and chef Gerard Buulong. Their goal was handheld, affordable meals, and they nailed it. On the menu are meat and poultry, veggie, and sweet pies, as well as homemade soups and salads. They also pulled a double miracle, and made these goodies REALLY AFFORDABLE. In San Francisco!! Way to go, you guys!! Ali got his masters in organic chemistry, which I suspect has led to some awesomely creative edibles. I demolished a black bean & tofu pie, then a lentil and yam pie, both mildly spicy, delicious, and unlike anything I'd eve had. My boyfriend nommed a chicken pot pie and a chinese beef/hoisin sauce special of the day, both earned double thumbs up. That's right, pies can change according to request and need so you HAVE TO KEEP COMING BACK. I know I will. I haven't finished plowing through their menu.
I have to give a big shouout to Ali Kesharav and chef Gerard Buulong, because in the name of stuffing more pie reviews in here I'm forging ahead in lieu of doing their really, really, deserved portrait. Instead, take a look at the Peasant Pies logo up top. That is the logo that marks Peasant Pies eateries. Well, mostly. I replaced their logo boy with.....*drum roll*..........
Our first guest is here in spirit. No really. He is, literally, a spirit. You can cue the woo-woo ghosty sounds now. Chris was one of the very first supporters of my Cuckoo comics back when I was just starting and terrified. I used to run into him at small comics conventions and he exuded faith in my comics and what I was doing when I was rightfully mortified at my efforts. Support over the years like this is priceless. And it wasn't all about lil' me, Chris went all out and lifted the hearts of MANY!
We remained Facebook buddies where he was outstanding for his smart-ass remarks. He was a rare poet, I mean, not the Oh-God-Run-Away kind of but a really great poet whose stuff you actually, truly WANTED TO READ and had FEELINGS AND THOUGHTS ABOUT AFTERWARDS. Most infamously I found myself laughing out loud from something he wrote while he was stuck
[ literally! ] in the hospital. Wait a minute, shouldn't this go the other way around?!? I also failed to tell him - and I'm sure he'd like to know - that up until 2 weeks ago, I only glimpsed at his moniker and literally thought he called himself ' Chris THUNDERPANTS Lee'. The name blended with his essence so well it was unquestionable. It never occurred to me to actually READ his entire name, oh no. Whatever name Chris chooses, he crossed planes recently and his birthday coincides with this Pies of the West entry, so Chris, this one is just for you!
Chris loved comics and other self-proclaimed 'dork culture' elements, especially Doctor Who. By a pre-planned coincidence, a gigantic, fantastical video rental store [ stop laughing they still exist ] called Le Video sits only 3 blocks from Peasant Pies. In the name of awesomeness, here we are rampaging through the BBC section of Le Video, sporting ninja one-sies and tossing pies;
|Totally not allowed behavior at Le Video|
[ Pie tastes best when you're hungry ]