While on my recent excursion to Hygiene Colorado I had fully imagined dining at the Crane Hollow Café, whisking through the art gallery next door (which incidentally features many good local artists and jewelers) and popping briskly into Mary’s Market & Deli, the other main business for pedestrians in town. I expected Mary’s would be a quick look around, warranting a brief mention at the bottom of my Crane Hollow Café post and that would be it. I suppose the prompting by two friends (one whom I have not seen or spoken to for probably 5 years who went out of her way to tell a mutual friend I’d love Mary’s) should have been a clue.
When starting toward the door of Mary’s, my companion pointed at a small sign ‘All Gluten Free Bakery’, and winked. That’s great, I thought, feeling anyone can bake a few batches of cookies or a muffin and call themselves a gluten free bakery. When I swung the door open I do believe I inadvertently gasped and heard myself saying ‘This is SO unexpected!’ We were met by part old time General Store, part Flea Market/Antique Store, part Gourmet Market and full service Grocery. This place has the vibe I crave; authentic, lived in, hip, shabby chic and down to earth. I was ready to move in.
The store is punctuated throughout by completely charming vintage finds which I learned are sold by a friend’s Aunt (Chrystal DeCoster) who has a fantastic eye and sense of aesthetics. For any vintage addicts, this is worth a trip and adds to the ambiance of the store.
I have not had a pot pie since becoming gluten free and as I look back I do not believe I have ever had one freshly made. I am so glad I brought one home because all the wonderful things I felt about Mary’s have multiplied by 200 percent in tasting this dish. Mary did mention that she has a good pie crust recipe; that is an extreme understatement. Mary has the best pie crust recipe I truly have ever tasted, gluten or gluten free.
A gluten diner was involved with our taste testing, also commenting about how incredibly good the pot pie was as well as that he’d never had one freshly made. This is a completely different animal my friends; full of lean buffalo meat, abundant vegetables, both those traditional to pot pie and more. The crust…..well I think Mary needs to begin selling the crust frozen. I would not have called myself a pot-pie-kinda-gal; until now. Mary makes good, honest food and the Buffalo Pot Pie is a prime example of that.
As I devoured my piece of pie I was calculating when I could drive back out to stock up for my freezer. Forget the gluten-free part; this is the best thing you will have eaten in a long time, gluten or not.