Philly Restaurant: Magpie

Tuesday, December 4, 2012



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Magpie is an artisan pie shop that opened this past August at 1622 South Street. This area of South Street has really gentrified, I've been dying to also visit The Cambridge , Pumpkin, and Rex 1516 .

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Owner (former Graphic Designer) Holly Ricciardi says she decided to open Magpie in this city because we need it. “I love Philly,” says Ricciardi. “It’s wonderful. It’s a big foodie town. I thought if I’m going to do this, I want to open it up in the city because city life is a little rough and people need a little country in their lives to feel comfort and love.” - READ MORE (and listen) to Lauren Lipton's interview with Ricciardi.
Courtney

I've been to Magpie twice now, once with Denine and her son Nate, who completely charmed Courtney the adorable and knowledgeable server. And once for take-out, when I bought some slices to take to another friend's house for brunch. If you want to order a whole pie you have to do it 48 hours in advance.  I wonder how many orders they received for Thanksgiving!
Thanks Denine for Treating!
The establishment is small but bright, clean and inviting. It makes me think of a big remodeled farmhouse kitchen.

Most days Magpie offers 5 or 6 sweet pies (btw $5-$6 a slice) and 2 savory (btw $8-$10 a slice). Butterscotch Bourbon is available most days and Shoo-Fly most weekends, but otherwise the menu changes, particularly by seasons.  I have to go back to sample the Pie Fries which comes with a variety of dipping sauces.

Black Bean Chorizo Chili Pot Pie - spicy black bean spanish chorizo chili topped with sharp cheddar cheese and Fritos - 4 Tines

I've really enjoyed everything I've sampled so far, particularly the Black Bean Chili savory pie.  The sweet pies taste a bit healthier and less sweet than a Mrs Smith or a pie from a diner, so at first I was looking for... I guess the taste of lard or something. Then I remember, this is a homemade pie that doesn't need loads of sugar or artificial ingredients to give it shelf life.  This is really how a pie is supposed to taste!



Butterscotch Bourbon Custard: velvety carmelized custard with vanilla and bourbon whiskey
Buttery Caramel Apple: layers of sweet tart apples, w/ creamy butter caramel, cinnamon and hint of pink peppercorn
Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse: topped with chocolate cookies and roasted peanuts
Chocolate Cinnamon Coffee Pecan: deep, rich filling loaded w/ callebaut bittersweet chocolate, toasted pecans & espresso

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Will there ever be a cap on movie prices?

Will we one day pay $20 a pop?

Why don't we pay on a scale?

A crap movie like everything Adam Sandler has ever done should cost about $4.50.
Big action movies like"Lord of the Rings", "Iron Man," "Transformers" are worth $10.
Woody Allen movie or something like "Silver Linings Playbook" $6-$7.
A chick flick or light comedy $5.75 and most Indie Films $5.25.

You could even do it by seasons - all summer block busters from May to August - $10
Sept - November 15th $3.50 - $4
Back to $10 for Thanksgiving and Christmas etc...

Or you can do it by A Actors ($9 - $10), B Actors ($6 - $7) TV actors on the big screen ($3.50 - $4)

Surely I'm not the first person to realize this makes sense. Has it been voted on in the Motion Picture Industry and then vetoed? If so, why?

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