I went last night on my way home, about 2am. I knew that Whiffies, the fried pie place, was going to be open for their second night and I wanted to give them a try.
Whiffies was just serving their dessert pies, cherry, apple, and lemon at $3 each. They'll have savory pies next week, probably by Thursday. The dessert pies are all vegan, but the savory pies will range, including meat, fish, and veggie.
I got an apple. It was freshly fried, but not greasy at all. I thought it was a fair size for $3.
The crust was very light and flakey. Really nicely layered. I thought at first bite or two, before I got the filling, that I could taste a bit of the oil. Not in a bad way, just in my ultra-sensitive-to-chemically-flavors way. I even get that taste from our French fries now and then and yet I've had that flavor less from our French fries than just about anyone else's. (I think it's the rice/bran oil we use that does a great job.) This is where butter in the dough might help a little. Once I got a bite with the filling, though, I never thought about it again.
I thought the filling was good. It had a nice consistency, prominent cinnamon flavor, and well-cooked apple chunks. It was a bit generic, maybe. I asked the owner about it and he said that they have the fillings made for them in large batches, but to their specifications. I'll have to try the lemon and cherry. Any processing will show themselves more in them. I think with the apple I'd just like to see it with a bit more of a homemade flavor, either a less generic flavor or a less goopy texture. I'm nitpicking here, but I'm trying to outline what would take them from good to great for me. But they were good. I think I'll be most interested in the savory versions, though. They do make the dough from scratch themselves and put each pie together themselves. They even cut in the fat by hand.
Tried to go back to my car and some girl had her head leaning out of the car next to it and was puking all over. Went back and got a shrimp po'boy from Bernie's. Never seen his line that long before. He just tosses frozen, breaded shrimp in the frier, but they were tasty enough. Roll is pretty thick and dry. I wish he'd put some of that tasty remoulade inside on the roll. A decent sandwich, though. I still haven't tried his pastrami.
Talked with the owner of El Brasero a bit and got a couple tacos from him. His new people need to work on their technique a little. But they can't screw up the barbacoa. Also saw Nick from Pok Pok there and Jon from Meat Cheese Bread. It was a busy night.
Stepped over the puddle of puke, got in my car, and went home stuffed at 3am. This place has become a hipster party spot. Sounds like there's a lot of comradery among the carts, too. They apparently had a kickball tournament today.