When I first met Nancy, The Pie Hole had graced my facebook page several times and enticed me to check it out (apparently facebook knows my sweet tooth!). From my very first visit, it was evident that Nancy greets every customer as a VIP. Each staff member working there takes you through the menu options and helps you to select something they know you’ll love. No one is just another face.
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The Best Pie In Calgary
“The Pie’s the Limit,” according to Nancy and her business partner Torin Shuster. They filter everything through family, community, and quality of product before anything enters their kitchen. Visiting The Pie Hole is like stopping by your favourite relative’s house for tea. (Speaking of tea you must stop for the pot of the Earl Grey Teaja tea straight from Vancouver – trust me on this!) Nancy stops to chat with everyone who walks in the door – not just a “Hi! How are you? Welcome!” but a genuine and caring conversation. She has a special spot in her heart for seniors. It’s the reason why she tries to keep her prices affordable and has created products like the hand pies made just for them. In response they keep coming back, even bringing with them their own beautiful teacups to add to her collection. It’s a mutual affection and quite touching to witness.
Every ingredient is locally sourced and everything else they make in house. The blueberries, saskatoons and cherries for their famous sour cherry pies come from The Forest Fringe farm located in Saskatchewan (where all the best things are made of course J)
The apples for their apple pie are peeled by hand, chopped finely, blanched and cooked in their own juices. Each pie has 6 apples in it! There is nothing classic about this pie – it’s in a league of it’s own.
I am a huge sucker for key lime and chocolate cream pies and these were two of the best I’ve had. The filling for the key lime is the perfect amount of tart then piled high with homemade whipped cream. YUM! The chocolate was obviously a hit with my four year old- sad face when it was all gone in all of two minutes.