The Pies Have It

More than a neighborhood meeting spot or a warm bakery for sweet and savory fare, Mission Pie is truly a café with a mission. Partnered with Youth Advocate Programs, Mission Pie offers organic eats often made and served by at-risk SF youth. The bakery also has some stellar agricultural partners, including Pie Ranch, a small-scale, nonprofit organic farm in coastal Pescadero, The farm hosts urban teens, teaching them not only about sustainable farming and nutrition but opening up a world of food inspired opportunity.

If you stop into Mission Pie for lunch, you might be tempted by a scrumptious pot pie or quiche, or maybe an enticing red quinoa, golden beet, fennel and satsuma salad, with coriander vinaigrette. But save room for the main attraction, pies in seasonal flavors like strawberry-rhubarb or pear-blueberry. Recent offerings also included Shaker lemon, sweet potato, and banana cream.

For those making the trip to the Mission from afar (the café is just a hop, skip, and a jump from 24th Street BART) there is plenty else to see and do within a short walk. You can take a yoga class at the Yoga Tree (on Fridays, they host both a mom and baby class and one for kids ages 5-13), or stop by Natural Resources, a great boutique and educational store for new parents. Or just browse any of the funky boutiques along the Valencia corridor, or take the Precita Eyes mural tour. Make a day of it and support the mission of Mission Pie!

—Darya Mead