Best Pie Phoenix 2011 - Fig and Pecan, Beckett's Table
We like them fruit-filled; we like them filled with nuts or cream. We just like pie. Chow Bella, New Times' food blog, likes pie so much we sponsored a Pie Social last November on Roosevelt Row. A last-minute entry in the social's celebrity chef contest was Chef Justin Beckett's fig and pecan pie. His combination of fruit and nut filling took the prize for best taste, most creative, and most memorable. We liked Justin Beckett's pie so much we had to mention it again. Turns out, Southern, Cajun, and Texas bakers have led the way, dressing up pecan pie with an addition of figs for some time. Now, Arizona has a place on the pie map — specifically, at Beckett's Table, where Beckett adds a scoop of cream cheese and citrus zest ice cream, enhancing the balanced texture of the smooth and crunchy slice, which already was a winner.