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Cake Eater's Blackberry Pie Bar: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 4

Emily and Taylor Harris's Cake Eater has become a neighborhood hang, serving breakfast and pastries in their charming day-glo orange trimmed building. The cupcakes are still important, but have lost their primacy in the wake of Sheela Namakkal's departure for Chicago. While this may sound sad, it has given way to the rise of the baked treats at the Seward shop -- namely the blackberry pie bar, which makes for an ideal afternoon pick-me-up. An addictive layering of custard, fruit and what they call "faker pastry," it speaks to the fact that spring is on its way (we hope).

Serious bars live behind this orange trim.
Serious bars live behind this orange trim.


The sweet, slightly tart blackberries stare back at you, wholly, from the square on your plate. Delectably intermixed with a custard filling and a crunchy, almost coffee-cake like topping, the entire forkful is sweet, yet perfectly so. The juicy berries give it a jolt of fruity integrity that complements the other elements -- especially the base, which is made by throwing the usual pie crust ingredients into a food processor and then pressing them into a pan. It results in a thick, shortbread-like flavor that makes you dream of all your favorite pies being converted to bars.

A cross section that bares fruit
A cross section that bares fruit


Go ahead and tell yourself that this is a good snack for one, when really the $3 bar can easily feed a happy couple or mother and child. And if you're really strong, and have the ability to wait and eat that bar at home -- be sure to introduce it to your friendly neighborhood or homemade vanilla ice cream. The blackberry pie bar will reward you for your willpower by playing extra, extra nice in any à la mode situation.

Cake Eater Bakery
2929 E. 25th St., Minneapolis
612.354.7178

No. 13: Fat Lorenzo's blood orange gelato

No. 14: Loring Kitchen & Bar's zucchini fries

No. 15: Trung Nam's coconut croissant

No. 16: Bryant-Lake Bowl's grilled cheese with ham

No. 17:   Zumbro Cafe's chicken wild rice hash

No. 18:   Skinner's Reuben Pizza

No 19:   Los Ocampo's Sope with Chicharrone Prensado

No. 20: Good Day Cafe's Glazed Doughnut Pancakes

No. 21:  El Taco Riendo's tacos

No. 22: 

Broders' fresh pasta

No. 23:  Burger Jones' salted caramel shake

No. 24:  Rinata's eggplant involtini

No. 25:  Smack Shack's lobster roll

No. 26:  Moto-i's steamed hoisin pork buns

No. 27:  The Happy Gnome's MN game burger

No. 28: 

Patisserie Margo's zuppa englese torte

No. 29:  Heartland's Kansas City strip steak

No. 30:  Tum Rup Thai's Mee Kah Teeh

No. 31:  Dolsot Bibimbap at Dong Yang Oriental Food

No. 32:  Piccolo's Scrambled Eggs with Pig's feet

No. 33:  Meritage's pommes frites

No. 34:  Travail's Fried Chicken

No. 35:  Hmong Village's stuffed chicken wings

No. 36:  Cafe Maude's Now You Know

No. 37:  Urban Eatery's Asian pork sliders

No. 38:  Isles Bun & Coffee's puppy dog tails

No. 39:  Surdyk's Flight's chicken báhn mì

No. 40:  Sunny Side Up Cafe's Santa Fe Railroad French Toast

No. 41:  Szechuan Spice's chicken with double chili pepper

No. 42:  Dancing Ganesha's Chicken 65

No. 43:  Bradstreet's Black Walnut Old Fashioned

No. 44:  Wakame Bistro's Crazy Lobster Roll

No. 45:  Brit's Pub Scotch Eggs

No. 46:  Peninsula's chili tofu

No. 47:  Annona Gourmet's balsamic vinegars

No. 48:  Cocina del Barrio's jalapeño poppers

No. 49:  Papa's Philly Cheesesteak

No. 50:  Swede Hollow Cafe's caramel roll

No. 51:  Thomasina's cashew brittle

No. 52:  Patisserie 46's Rory Cake

No. 53: 
Il Gatto's Ravanelli
No. 54: Mandarin Kitchen's seafood and tofu hotpot
No. 55:
 The Inn's Polish Delight cocktail
No. 56: Gopher Bar's Coney Island dog

No. 57: Holy Land's hummus tahini
No. 58: The Sample Room's wild mushroom ragout on polenta

No. 59: On's Thai Kitchen Nam Thok
No. 60: 
Flamingo Restaurant's vegetarian combo
No. 61: Sea Change's Brioche Pain Perdu

No. 62: Haute Dish's "Steak & Eggs"
No. 63: Tremblay's Sweet Shop salt water taffy

No. 64: Bars Bakery's Turtle Bar
No. 65: 
Pizzeria Lola's Lady ZaZa Pizza
No. 66: In Season's fried oysters

No. 67: Cave Vin's steak frites
No. 68: 
Everest on Grand's cabbage and potatoes
No. 70: Surly Coffee Bender

No. 71: Quang's bun tom xao
No. 72: 
YoYo Donuts' maple bacon doughnut
No. 73: Cupcake's mini cupcakes

No. 74: Willy D's ribs
No. 75: 
Salsa a la Salsa's Fried Chocolate Truffles
No. 76: Anodyne's Artichoke Melt
No. 77: 
Origami's steamed duck
No. 78: B.T. McElrath's Salty Dog bar

No. 79: Mozza Mia's house-made limoncello
No. 80: 
Salty Tart Bakery's pastry cream-filled brioche
No. 81: Little Szechuan's bamboo tips with chili sauce

No. 82: Oceanaire's Jumbo Lump Crab Cake
No. 83: 
Aperitif's Nonni's Meatballs
No. 84: Christos's Saganaki

No. 85: Seven Stars' Sesame Bagel
No. 86: 
Hell's Kitchen Lemon Ricotta Hotcakes
No. 87: Blackbird banh mi

No. 88: Tank Goodness chocolate chip cookies
No. 89: Sole Cafe's gal bee

No. 90: Porter & Frye's El Pelon
No. 91: 
Coffee News' fish and chips
No. 92: Bread & Chocolate's Fabulous Fudge Bar

No. 93: People's Organic Panna Cotta
No. 94: 
Sea Salt Eatery Crawdad Po' Boy
No. 95: Fuji Ya's Tofu Don

No. 96: Ike's Food and Cocktails The Weekender Bloody Mary
No. 97: 
Punch's Toto pizza
No. 98: Stockholm Pie Company's peanut butter fudge cream pie

No. 99: Dogwood Coffee Co.'s macchiato
No. 100: 
Al's Breakfast buttermilk pancakes

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