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Stealing a Bite of Chow's Delicious Banana Cream Pie


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I’m one of those women who doesn’t order dessert and then waits, fork in hand, to see what you get. So I was dismayed, even heart-broken, when I heard both my husband and brother order the banana cream pie after a meal at Chow in Lafayette the other night.

Banana cream pie? Bananas in a pie? Whatever for? We all know that Chow, despite its retro feel, isn’t some jello hut where 1950s food is glorified for the sake of nostalgia. How could this be happening, I asked myself.

When the two pieces arrived, I could feel my brother’s pain as well as my own. These weren’t giant creamy wedges, looking tall as ocean liners navigating across your plate. No, they were crust, topped with bananas, drizzled with caramel, and sporting a dollop of whipped cream. They measured in at about one inch tall. My brother threatened to eat a batch of cupcakes when we got home.

With one taste, though, our mood was lifted. The home-made caramel was like sun warming your face on a fall day. The crust was more tender than a baby’s gaze. The fresh, billowy whipped cream was lush and luxurious. The bananas, sliced into the pie shell at the exact moment of ripeness, recalled trips to the tropics and breakfast in bed.

Next time I want my own piece.

Chow Lafayette, 53 Lafayette Cir., Lafayette, (925) 962-2469, www.chowfoodbar.com