First, we apologize to the Stockholm Pie Company in Wisconsin, to Nick’s Kitchen in Huntington, Indiana, to the Bang Bang Pie Shop in Chicago, and to Beardsley Cider Mill in Shelton, Connecticut. They are all memorable pie destinations, worth any detour. But the premise of this was to chose the Best Pie Places in America that serve legendary pie. One dozen, and not even a baker’s dozen. (If we could choose 13, buttermilk pie at the Red Shed in Graniteville, SC, surely would have made the list.) No, with a fond salute to the many fine pie bakers around the country whom we were unable to include, here is our personal choice of the twelve best places to eat pie in America.
Wisconsin's Elegant Farmer bakes its apple pies in paper bags. The result is what many consider to be the best pie in the Midwest. Certainly, the best crust.
The Cherry Hut is a Michigan restaurant serving some of the best cherry pie anywhere-- sweet and a little tart, with flaky crust that adds a savory note.
Henry's serves some of the best pies anywhere. Butterscotch is a favorite: thick and dense, full flavored and topped with creamy meringue. * CLOSED *
Some of the best pies in Chicago, the Midwest -- best anywhere! -- are baked and served at the storefront restaurant Hoosier Mama.
The Otis Cafe is a tiny Oregon cottage that serves large breakfasts and mighty sandwiches for lunch. The bread is homemade as are superb pies.
A Los Angeles landmark, serving great burgers and fries since 1947. Apple Pan's pies are the best, baked daily and from-scratch excellent.
Beautiful fruit and meringue pies are made fresh daily; burgers are classic California: thin with crisp edges, loaded into squishy buns with pickles & onions.
At Woodruff's, you must finish your meal with pie. Coconut pie has a firm custard filling with lots of toasted coconut and an impossibly airy meringue.
, Pulled-pork Barbecue sandwich
Ms. Lena's of De Valls Bluff makes Arkansas-excellent pies, sold whole or by the slice. No indoor dining. All take-out or eat-off-the dashboard.
A beacon of from-scratch Midwest comfort cooking, Carol's cafe serves superb hot turkey and hot meat loaf sandwiches and a repertoire of blue-ribbon pies.
The Monument Café in Georgetown makes some of the best pies in Texas; meals that precede them (including breakfast) are masterful roadside-restaurant classics.
The wide-ranging menu of Royer's Round Top is sophisticated comfort food; its star is pie. Here are what some consider the best pies in Texas or anywhere.