Betty’s Pies

Bakery | Diner | Pie Shop
Worth a return

Betty’s Pies serves things other than pies – a whole menu of meals including walleye sandwiches, hamburgers of all kinds, wraps, and salads – but the few non-pie items we’ve tasted haven’t been compelling. We do appreciate Betty’s pasty (or, as spelled here, pastie), an authentic combo of beef chunks, rutabaga, potatoes, carrots, and onions in a pastry crust. While not an exciting dish, its values — hearty trumping spice — seems right for this old north country dish.

It’s the pies that have made Betty’s reputation, and they are treats to remember: bright fruit pies with lightweight crusts, thick cream pies that are heavy and satisfying, and a delightful chocolate creation that is dark chocolate cream, cinnamon meringue, whipped cream and chocolate whipped cream on a flaky crust. Oh, and there is one pie-plus item I do recommend: Betty’s pie shake. That is an entire piece of pie – your choice – blended with ice cream and milk. My waitress dissuaded me from getting one made with fruit pie, as it would have too grainy a texture, so I chose banana cream. It is a delight: pie a la mode in a tall glass. Pieces of banana and bits of crust inevitably clog the straw, so this is a drink that must be gulped or spooned.

No longer a hidden gem, Betty’s is famous and gets crowded in the summer when tourists come to enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior’s North Shore. Although Betty herself retired long ago and the place has been rebuilt and remodeled since its opening in 1956, it remains a worthy north country destination with country-craftsy kitchenette décor and waitresses who are outspoken in the best diner tradition.

Note: Betty’s has limited hours in winter months: be sure to call ahead.

What to Eat
Betty’s Pies, Pie
Coconut custard pie reminded us of the thick, rich tortes one gets in Wisconsin cafes to the south of here.
Betty’s Pies, Pie Shake
Pie Shake
The pie shake: an idea whose time has come ... at least at Betty's Pies.
Betty’s Pies, Pasty
Pasties are a staple on diner menus throughout the region.
Betty’s Pies, Hot Turkey Sandwich
Hot Turkey Sandwich
Pre-pie hot turkey sandwich: meh.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday10am - 4pm
Friday10am - 4pm
Saturday10am - 4pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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