Pie vs. Brownie

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The Very Berry at Ferndale Pie Company. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • The Very Berry at Ferndale Pie Company.

Have cupcakes had their moment? Is it time for another dessert to step up to the plate?

Got a tip about the Very Berry pie at Ferndale Pie Company (543 Main St., Ferndale), specifically the crumb-topped one. (If you have a lead on a favorite dish in Humboldt, now would be a good time for you to shoot a quick email to Jennifer@northcoastjournal.com. We'll wait.)

If pie goes the way of the cupcake, it's going to mean elaborate, new-fangled fillings and thematic decoration. If/when that happens, you will be glad Ferndale Pie is making straightforward, homey pies. The Very Berry has strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries ($3.75 slice). I like a darker crust, but pale, abundant crumb topping has its fan base, and I respect that. Also, if you long to eat homemade jam from the jar, but the Man is keeping you down, this is your pie.

Giant brownie tip: Lift with your legs. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Giant brownie tip: Lift with your legs.

Of course this could be a turning point for the brownie instead. The enormous flaky one above the row of pies drew me in — it's large enough for its own magnetic field ($2.75). So I tied it to the roof of my car like a mattress and headed back to the office, where it was pronounced fudgy and rich and actually better than the pie. One of these and a pot of Irish coffee could get you through a level-5 break-up.

What yumminess is getting you through the dark times, Humboldt? Email Jennifer@northcoastjournal.com and we'll check it out for Hum Plate.

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