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Guerneville Bank Club: Chile Pies and Nimble and Finn

The Guerneville Bank Club features ice cream from Nimble and Finn and pies from Chile Pies bakery in downtown Guerneville. Destination-worty.

Guerneville Bank Club featuring Chile Pies and Nimble and Finn's Ice Cream. Photo Heather Irwin
Guerneville Bank Club featuring Chile Pies and Nimble and Finn’s Ice Cream. Photo Heather Irwin

Though the safe is now a photo booth and tellers replaced by ice cream scoopers, there’s still a grandiosity to the Guerneville Bank Club only fitting of a former financial institution. Rehabbed by locals, the 1928 bank building has become an ice cream and pie shop with retail space, an art gallery and the Russian River Historical Society a la carte.

Guerneville Bank Club featuring Chile Pies and Nimble and Finn's Ice Cream. Photo Heather Irwin
Guerneville Bank Club featuring Chile Pies and Nimble and Finn’s Ice Cream. Photo Heather Irwin

We’re smitten with Nimble and Finn’s cheeky scoop flavors including Manhattan (whisky, vermouth and cherry chunks), blueberry cheesecake and vegan strawberry, rose and geranium sorbet.

Guerneville Bank Club featuring Chile Pies and Nimble and Finn's Ice Cream. Photo Heather Irwin
Guerneville Bank Club featuring Chile Pies and Nimble and Finn’s Ice Cream. Photo Heather Irwin

Paired with Chile Pies’ sweet apple and chile pie with a drizzle of chile-infused honey? Solid gold.

Guerneville Bank Club featuring Nimble and Finn and Chile Pies16290 Main St., Guerneville.

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11 thoughts on “Guerneville Bank Club: Chile Pies and Nimble and Finn

  1. Who is ‘Guerneville’ (the commenter) and why is this person so sour? The pies, the ice cream are all local. More local than Clover, than Double Rainbow- it’s the most local stuff you can get in these categories. It is FANTASTIC. I live there, I AM a local and holy heck do I love these sweet food sellers at the Bank Club, Love it. Never mind that the resoration of the space is phenomenal. It’s worth the visit to see the building then eat delicious food.

  2. Ice cream trolls make me sad. Guerneville has long had a push-pull with locals versus weekenders and tourists. The downtown area as seen a huge revival, and much of it is aimed at folks who want a higher-end dining experience. And that has put Guerneville on the tourist radar, which vexes folks who’ve seen the West County outpost as a refuge.

    There are still inexpensive options as well (hint the taco truck outside of Safeway is the best in Sonoma). So take the comments for what they are.

    However, I would like to say that the gals from Nimble & Finn ARE local and use local ingredients. I’m not sure where they “spin” it (I will ask), but its common practice to use a larger company (Frozen Art in San Rosa comes to mind) that has facilities to actually make the ice cream based on recipes and ingredients from the owners. It’s just practicality and cost effectiveness.

    The pie company is from SF and the pies are baked in Guerneville.

    Haters gotta hate, but I’m a fan.

  3. I’ll take the real Bank Club that used to be at Irwin and Occidental, any day over this tourist trap foo foo place.

  4. First time to eat pie and ice cream at the bank and is it ever delicious!! The whole place is very clean and bright and the wait staff are very friendly. We had the chocolate pie with nuts and vanilla bean ice cream and chile apple pie and vanilla bean ice cream. I thought the pie slice was large and the scoop of ice cream was very large. For $8.50 I thought it was a reasonable price, you won’t be able to eat anything else after finishing that yummy desert. I don’t know who makes the pies but I would guess they do as fabulous cooks are in the family.

  5. Yes they do make the pies there, the ice cream is made within 20 miles and it seems like a reasonable price unless you are comparing it to the fake pie they sell and the nearby super market bakery. Guerneville, would you have preferred they left the building to continue rotting and a squat for the local shooting gallery attendants?

  6. Our family went for the first time yesterday and were impressed. The chocolate pie with nuts and vanilla bean ice cream was delicious!! 5.50 for a large piece of pie and 3 for a very large scoop of ice cream was reasonable I thought. The restored building is lovely too. Can’t wait to return.

  7. Sienna and Lydia, They make NOTHING on the premises. All the ice cream and pies are shipped in, so NO they do NOT make anything. Locals call it what it is, a Tourist Trap.

  8. “Do they make anything they sell?” No, and it’s $8.50 for a small slice and a golf ball scoop of ice cream served in cardboard with plastic utensils, furthermore you gotta stand to eat it.

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