by Mabel Suen
Coinciding the sugar rush of Halloween, Sugarfire Pie (9200 Olive Street, Suite 108; 314-736-6300) opened at the end of October in Olivette, serving pastry chef Carolyn Downs' pies and pastries just two doors down from Mike Johnson's Sugarfire Smokehouse (9200 Olive Boulevard, Olivette; 314-997-5301).
The interior of the bakery takes on what its frilly-apron-clad employees playfully refer to as the effeminate counterpart to its barbecue-slinging flagship. Colorful themes from the fifties occupy every corner of the shiny new shop, from retro dinette sets and decor to a record player playing vinyl in the open kitchen.
The most eye-catching element, however, awaits at the entrance: a brightly-lit table-top filled with all manner of fresh-from-the-oven pies available by the slice. Select from staples including apple, key lime and the eponymous (and recently renamed) Sugarfire Pie, or opt for one of Downs' other creations -- whoopie pies, hand pies, stacked pies, or pie baked inside cake, anyone?
Individual servings start at $4 each, with whole pies and pans starting at $28. For other options, consider Downs' award-winning bread pudding straight from Cyrano's (603 East Lockwood Avenue; 314-963-3232), cookies, cobbler, Ronnie's Ice Cream, floats, or soft-serve custard with from-scratch toppings.
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