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P's and Q's boutique bakery opens on Magazine


  The name of the new boutique bakery P's and Q's (5720 Magazine St., 504-897-5131; stands for pies and quiches, though your nose could probably decode the specialties here quickly. Walk into this tiny storefront and the aroma of buttery dough tells the tale.

  New Orleans native Betsy Foster Matthews prepares a half-dozen or so types of savory and sweet pies each day. Most are available in palm-size single servings, with larger sizes for the table. A vegan Indian curry pot pie, a spicy, open-topped crawfish pie and a quiche with ham, Swiss and caramelized onions showed the savory range on one recent visit. Key lime and Louisiana strawberry pies had to contend with competition from an Elvis pie in the sweet column. That last one had a chocolate crust and peanut butter and banana filling topped with crumbled bacon, which might have been excessive if it weren't a tribute to the King.

  P's and Q's is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

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