America's Best Pies
Travis E. Smith
Best Pie to Try: Plum Frangipane Tart.
Named for the district in which it resides, this three-and-a-half-year-old pie shop uses only seasonal ingredients, which are locally sourced whenever possible. (This is San Francisco, after all.) The must-try pie is actually a tart prepared with plum and frangipane, a sweet paste made from almonds. The sweet nuttiness of the almonds comes through with impressive clarity, as does the fleeting flavor of the ripe fruit.