Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Hubig's Pies

Do you know what's good about New Orleans besides Jazzfest, drunk girl titties and Cajun-style vomit baking on a Bourbon Street sidewalk? Hubig's Fried Pies, that's what! My Louisiana-born boss brought me a Hubig's 84-cent apple pie yesterday that just about took my breath away with its sugar-glazed, light-crusted shell. Her advice to microwave the pie for 25 seconds before eating also paid off.

Although now considered a New Orleans staple, Simon Hubig's flagship bakery was originally located in Dallas. The German-born baker intended to make Hubig's a coast-to-coast empire, but the Great Depression put the kibosh on those plans. His Dallas bakery was eventually sold to Jack Ruby, who ran a nightclub there before the unpleasantries in 1963. Today, only the New Orleans store at 2417 Dauphine Street remains.

4 comments:

Rantor said...

Many still lament the passing of Bruce's Pies, here in Austin. Bruce made 'em; Bruce delivered 'em, in a beat-up old truck, very early in the morning. The flavors were seasonal. Besides the fried pies, at the proper times there were small pecan pies, for instance.

Greg said...

I'd almost forgotten about Bruce's Pies. It'll be a sad day when all we have to choose from is Hostess and BIMBO.

Lee said...

Are you sure Bruce is out of business? Man, growing up in Rockdale (about one hour northeast of Austin) I used to devour those things by the crate. It's a wonder I didn't weight 300 pounds in junior high.

janett said...

I am sad to say that Bruce shut the business down and moved to california. I know this because my sister and I used to deliver them with our parents. The chocolate pies were the best.