UPDATE, Sept. 1, 2011: Lauretta Jean’s pie is no longer served at the Sugar Cube, and I don’t believe the Sugar Cube is serving any pie at this point. You can still do special orders from Lauretta Jean’s and they are also available at the PSU Portland Farmer’s Market on Saturdays… and they also have some exciting news coming down the line!
The Sugar Cube, located on Mississippi Ave. in Portland is a lovely little food cart in a great neighborhood. Kir Jensen serves up creative dessert concoctions, including the Amy Winehouse cupcake (boozy yellow cake) and has also been known to serve up milkshakes w/ Captain Crunch in them.
The Cube doesn’t specialize in pie, but the one pie that they do offer regularly is
Jensen’s Kate McMillen’s ‘Best Cherry Pie Ever!’ McMillen bakes pies under the moniker “Lauretta Jean’s” (which was her grandmother’s name) & Jensen serves it up to the sweet-loving masses.
And you know what, now that I think about it… it probably is the best cherry pie I’ve ever had.
The presentation was lovely, particularly the large glop of delicious whipped cream (whoop, as Jensen calls it). The whoop comes free, but you can opt for vanilla bean ice cream & caramel sauce for an extra buck fitty (I should have, but I’m cheap).
The crust was amazing. This was one of the flakiest crusts I’ve had in recent memory, it had multiple layers of flakiness.
The filling was solid as well, it wasn’t runny at all, which is a big pet-peeve of mine when it comes to cherry pie. I don’t want filling that seems like it came from a can. The filling to crust ratio was also up to my standards.
Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 slices. What’s my reasoning for the rating? I’m not really sure… I’m trying not to hand out 5 out of 5 ratings like candy, and I guess my thing is, this was a super-excellent pie, but I don’t know that I’d seek it out on a regular basis. If I’m in the area, I’d stop by fo’ sho, though. Maybe it’s just because cherry pie isn’t my favorite.
Other Notes: The Sugar Cube was recently named to Sunset Magazine’s Top 10 Portland Food Carts list. I haven’t tried any of the other desserts there, but I’m sure they’re super amazing!
It looks like you can order Thanksgiving pies from Lauretta Jean’s and pick them up from the Sugar Cube. Visit http://www.laurettajean.com/ for more info.
Read more reviews of the Sugar Cube at Yelp!