Vegan Pie in Downtown Asheville

October 29th, 2011
Blueberry Pie from A Piece of the Pie

Blueberry Pie from A Piece of the Pie

First, let me say that I love pie. Sometimes, when people ask me what my favorite food is, I just say “pie”. Because it almost doesn’t matter what kind of pie – although I do have my favorites.

Before I ever had a chance to post about the amazing vegan cupcakes at Bake It Pretty on Wall St., it closed down. They sure were delicious cupcakes. I hadn’t finished crying over that loss, when a new little business opened up in its place – A Piece of the Pie. And just like Bake It Pretty, they have a daily selection of vegan options!

I stopped in yesterday to give their vegan pie a try. I had a choice of apple, cherry, or blueberry. I ordered the blueberry, which was still a little bit warm from being just baked earlier in the day. (They will also heat your pie up in the toaster oven if you like.)

If I’d had the sort of childhood where fresh baked pies were laying in the windowsill, I feel certain that this pie would have brought me back to those days. The crust was buttery and flaky, and the filling was a mountain of blueberries without too much goopiness mixed in. It was sweet, but not too sweet.

Eating all that gluten and sugar made me feel like I might pass out, but it was totally worth it. If you like pie, give A Piece of the Pie a try. Located at 54 Wall St. in downtown Asheville.

No gluten-free options, and none of the cookies or ice cream was vegan when I was there. Just the pie.

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9 Responses to “Vegan Pie in Downtown Asheville”

  1. Doug Says:

    I hope they were nicer to you than they were to us when we went in last week. They acted like we were bothering them by being in there.

  2. Melissa Crowe Says:

    Hi, there! A friend sent me a link to your blog today, and I’m psyched! I’m about to move to Asheville (in late May) from Portland, Maine, and my family (including my 12-year-old daughter) is vegan. I’m going to read through your archives hungrily before our visit next week, and if you have any specific recommendations for things we should see/do/try, I’d love to hear from you.

  3. vegangirl Says:

    Melissa – I LOVE YOUR BLOG!!! I recently dove head first into the world of sewing and crafts. Your blog is such an inspiration! Asheville is an amazing town for crafty people.

    It’s also an amazing town for vegans – particularly considering its size. For restaurants, I recommend you try Laughing Seed downtown and Plant on Merrimon Ave. If you don’t mind a little anarchist decor, also try Firestorm downtown – I highly recommend you ask for a Vegan Breve, if you drink coffee. There are plenty of other places to eat as well.

    While you’re downtown, you can stop in at Tipsy Star Quilts which is right across the street from the very beautiful Grove Arcade building. Also make sure to check out the new park out in front of the Asheville City Hall building, and take a stroll down Wall St. Both of those areas have some very cool old buildings. The entire downtown is quite lovely and you can walk around the entire thing in a couple of hours. It’s pretty small. The Grove Park Inn is beautiful too, if you’re into old buildings. And then there’s all the outdoor stuff. I could go on and on really.

  4. vegangirl Says:

    Doug – That’s too bad about your experience at the pie shop. I have to admit, the place was short on hospitality. I believe it was the owner who was working there when I went in. She certainly was not rude to me, and she asked how the pie was.

    There were 2 people sitting in there who I originally thought worked there and couldn’t imagine why they were so terribly unfriendly. Then I realized they were just random people who came in for pie and happened to be doing some work while they ate.

  5. Melissa Crowe Says:

    Thanks so much for the kind words about my blog–and for the recommendations. If it’s not too creepy, maybe when we’ve made the move (in the spring), we could meet up for a vegan bite? To be honest, I’ve met most of my Portland friends via the craft/blog world–why not get started now making some Asheville friends? ;-)

  6. vegangirl Says:

    Would love to, Melissa. I look forward to it.

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  8. Melissa Crowe Says:

    I’m back to say that we went to this shop and tried the apple pie–we weren’t thrilled with it, and as Doug says, the woman behind the counter seemed peeved and grumpy. (I did get Vegan Pie in the Sky at Firestorm books, and I made two kickass pies for Thanksgiving. And I smiled while I served ‘em. ;-) )

    BUT–this was the only place in Asheville where we felt this way, luckily! :-) We are definitely moving to your neck of the woods in June!

  9. vegangirl Says:

    Melissa,

    Sorry for the slow response. I have to admit, the apple pie didn’t look that good to me when I was there. Looked dry. But I didn’t try it. The blueberry really was great.

    Glad the rest of your experience was a good one! See you in June!

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