25. Summit Diner
Somerset is smack dab in the middle of the graham cracker pie belt and the version they make at Summit Diner
is especially tall with light as air meringue.
is best known for their Michigan hot dogs, but they a commendable job on their homemade pies, too. This slice of vanilla cream pie is so good, it makes you wonder why more places don't offer it.
I don't know what to think of Pie
. On the first visit, Mariton and I enjoyed spectacular coconut cream and apple pies, highlighted by heavenly, flaky crusts. Even the petite pumpkin pie was a winner. Then we revisited with ChiTownDiner
and everything we tried was across the board dreadful. I've decided to blame CTD
, as he obviously doesn't love pie enough.
22. Dangerously Delicious Pies
I have mixed feelings about this place. They have a nationwide reputation thanks to multiple appearances on tv shows. Yet, I always walk out the door thinking it should have been better. The fact that they serve their pies in tin pans also doesn't make me like them anymore. Still, if you factor out expectations, their pies are more than good enough to make this list. The Baltimore Bomb is made with Berger's cookies and might be the richest pie I have ever eaten. The pineapple upside pie was a nice twist on the classic cake.
21. Hoosier Mama
This Chicago pie shop deserves much credit for their creativity in offering new and unusual flavors. Some work better than others. The espresso cream would be best enjoyed by coffee lovers, of which I am not one. Fortunately, the fig and pear crumb was an wonderful combination.
20. Loving Pie Company
(Nashville, TN)Loving Pie Company
is a find by CajunKing
and unfortunately, my first visit a few years ago was not good. All three pies we tried we over the top sweet, with very little substance. But knowing his impeccable credentials in finding good places to eat, we tried again this year and it was much better. The above pie has chocolate ganache, chocolate cake and chocolate cream cheese mousse and was named Pie Hard in honor of the recently deceased Alan Rickman.
19. Ladies of the Dukes
(New Castle, PA)Ladies of the Dukes
is classic red sauce Italian joint, run by little old ladies and is only open on Sundays. I know their pies are homemade as there has been a couple of occasions I have helped carry them in from the trunks of their cars. Their coconut cream pie is a killer, but during a March visit, I was floored to find that they had graham cracker pie that day. Finding this regional pie so close to home was a real thrill.
18. Bradley's Corner Café
has a reputation for their pies and they offer one of the longest list of pies I have ever seen. But, I still hadn't found that one to really grab my pie loving heart. Here on my third visit in July, the coconut cream was just what I was looking for. This was a silky smooth coconut custard topped by an ethereal meringue that could only be made by a master.
17. Rolling Pin Bakehouse
I first found out about Rolling Pin
due to it's appearance in Rick Sebak's excellent show A Few Good Pie Places
. They don't have their own building and all the baking is done in the kitchen of their home. You call ahead to place and order and pick up either at the house or Roanoke's Farmer's Market on Saturdays. Rolling into town (bad pun), I had no problem finding their booth. I didn't get to try it until that night at the hotel in Fort Wayne, but it still tasted so fresh. The next day, WanderingJew
and Lori Melton
were able to sample slices in the parking lot at Belgrade Gardens
in Barberton, OH.
16. Upper Crust Pie Bakery
(Overland Park, KS)
Although I had been to the now closed Kansas City, MO location of Upper Crust
, this was my first visit to the Overland Park store. They make high quality pies with the best ingredients and my mini-blackberry pie tasted like Summer itself.
15. Pie Peddlers
(Glen Rose, TX)
I love most pies, but pies found in a serendipitous manner taste that much sweeter. While driving through Glen Rose, I just happened to catch the word pie on a sign. Was I daydreaming? Was it wishful thinking. Considering it was national pie day, it was exciting to find Pie Peddlers
in the middle of downtown. The crispy bits of toasted coconut that crown the light meringue is what lands the coconut cream pie this high on the list.
14. A La Mode Pies
This is one of those shops that you get a really good felling about as soon as you walk in the door. The pies on display look amazing and fortunately, the taste just as good. So many interesting flavors to try, but we went with star spangles sour cherry pie and bizarre marionberry hazelnut combination. I prefer my cherry pies on the tart side and this was just about perfect.
13. P & H Truck Stop
(Wells Junction, VT)
I tried maple cream pies at both Wayside Restaurant
and P & H Truck Stop
just hours apart and P & H was the clear winner. This pie doesn't mess around; it really brings a powerful maple punch!
12. Julian Pie Company
(Santa Ysabel, CA)
These people really know their way around fruit pies. Johnny's slice was of apple mountain berry crumb was a pleasure to eat, but that natural apple pie, with no sugar added is the star of the menu. The apples were so fresh, it tasted like they were picked right before we arrived.
11. Moody's Diner
While most people most associate Maine with lobster, no state does a better job with blueberry pie. And Moody's
is one of the best. It features so many blueberries pouring out of the side, they have to put it in a bowl.
10. Santa Fe Bite
(Santa Fe, NM)
Is there nothing nothing this place doesn't do well? Apparently not. Owner Bonnie Eckre makes the pies herself and the buttery crust with a sugary top coating make this pie swoon worthy.
9. Norma's Café
Nobody makes taller pies than Norma's Café
, but then, this is Texas after all. I've tried their chocolate pie and their peanut butter pie seperately, but just like the old Reese's Cups commercials, those two flavors were meant for each other. By the way, this slice was the completion of a very successful breakfast.
8. Berry Patch Restaurant
This is another restaurant that really knows how to make great berry pies. How does marionberry cream sound? And whomever decided on the huckleberry/marionberry combination is nothing short of an evil genius!
7. New Mexico Pie Company
During two visits in 2016, I tried several different of their mini-pies, but none better than their signature caramel apple green chile apple pie. The chiles are mild and enhances instead of competing with the sweetness of the fruit and caramel.
6. Nick's Kitchen
Sugar cream pie is the official Hoosier state pie and if there is a better one than what they serve at Nick's Kitchen, then I haven't had it.
5. Spinning J
One of the points on Chicago's famous pie triangle, I loved the old fashioned soda fountain atmosphere. Two slices of pie, both of which were flavors I had never tried before, Key lime hibiscus was certainly interesting, but that rich smores pie with a killer graham cracker crust was unbelievably good.
4. Apple Pan
(Los Angeles, CA)
You would think that with a name like Apple Pan
, that apple pie would be the go-to-slice, but those in the know go straight for the banana cream. A thin cookie crust, long slices of banana, dense banana custard and topped with fresh cream, this pie has it all.
3. Bang Bang Pie Shop
It's one thing to visit Bang Bang Pie Shop
on your own. It's quite another to visit with the ChiTownDiner
. Due to his celebrity, the owner hooked us up with a pie flight and there wasn't a loser in the bunch. The top pie is called New Year's pie with grapefruit mousse, champagne curd and a fantastic shortbread crust. Next is the cranberry cheesecake with cranberry jam on a graham cracker crust. The third pie photo is chocolate pecan with maple filling and a graham cracker crust. These people really know how to put interesting combinations together.
2. Emporium Pies
No visit to Dallas is complete without a visit to this exceptional pie shop. The Winter only pie known as Father Christmas is a peppermint pie with a chocolate cookie crust. Also shown is the buttermilk blitzen, which adds chai spice to the traditional buttermilk pie.
1. Stockholm Pie Company
My favorite pie shop in the country has greatly expanded since my last visit. Obviously, business is booming and deservedly so. The blackberry custard was a wonderful combination of sweet fruit and smooth custard. Even better is that double lemon pie, a chess pie with lemon custard and lemon curd. If you enjoy lemon desserts like I do, it doesn't get any better than this.
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