Special Report

Best Pie Shop in Every State

Courtesy of Pie Junkie

Other cultures certainly have pies, both savory and sweet, but pie is arguably the most American of all desserts. Nobody says “As American as a chocolate chip cookie” or “As easy as angel food cake,” and we don’t illustrate our points with cake charts.

According to the American Pie Council – yet further evidence of the dessert’s importance in the U.S.; there is almost certainly no Conseil Français de la Tarte – the average American eats at least six slices of pie a year, with four of them eaten during the holiday season. (Apple pie is our favorite, but pumpkin, cherry, and lemon meringue are also particularly well-loved.)

Home bakers still make a lot of pies, even if many of them now use pre-baked crusts, but pies are also a staple on diner menus and are sold everywhere from supermarkets to farm stands – and also, of course, at independent bakeries and pie shops. (These are the best pie shops in America.)

To determine the best pie shops in every state, 24/7 Tempo consulted reviews and rankings on a wide range of websites, including Yelp, Taste of Home, Thrillist, Food Network, Spoon University, and The Daily Meal, as well as numerous local and regional sites. While precedence was given to shops specializing in pies (often with “pie” in their name), in some cases we included bakeries with a more general focus (sometimes with cafés attached) if they were highly rated for their pies. 

Some of the pie purveyors on this list make savory as well as sweet pies, but we have showcased the latter. (For pies and more, consider this list of America’s best bakeries and their specialties.)

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Most of the pie specialties mentioned here are traditional, filled with fruits, berries, nuts, custards, and/or chocolate, and sometimes a dash of booze – like the “drunken turtle pie” at the Pie Junkie in Oklahoma City, a riff on turtle candies made with chocolate, salted bourbon caramel, and pecans.  

Some pie-makers venture outside of the box – or crust. The Purple Pie Place in Custer, South Dakota, spices up its pie menu with a raspberry rhubarb jalapeño offering, while Miss American Pie in Brooklyn crisscrosses the top of its apple pie with a lattice of bacon.  

Many of the pies mentioned here are seasonal, and you may have to place an advance order in some cases to make sure of getting what you want. But the wait and extra effort will be well worth it to relish these satisfying indulgences.

Source: Courtesy of JaWanda's Sweet Potato Pies via Facebook

Alabama: JaWanda’s Sweet Potato Pies
> Location: Birmingham
> Sample specialty: Pineapple crème

Source: Courtesy of A Pie Stop via Facebook

Alaska: A Pie Stop
> Location: Anchorage
> Sample specialty: Apple streusel

Source: Rochelle M. via Yelp

Arizona: Mamma Toledo’s The Pie Hole
> Location: Phoenix
> Sample specialty: Mango chile lime

Source: Photo by Reisha B. via Yelp

Arkansas: Rymolene’s Pies
> Location: Fayetteville
> Sample specialty: Dandelion rhubarb

Source: Photo by Sushant Z. via Yelp

California: Julian Pie Company
> Location: Julian & Santa Ysabel
> Sample specialty: Caramel Dutch apple

Source: Photo by Crista L. via Yelp

Colorado: Granny Scott’s Pie Shop
> Location: Lakewood
> Sample specialty: Rocky road

Source: Courtesy of Michele's Pies LLC

Connecticut: Michele’s Pies
> Location: Norwalk
> Sample specialty: Pineapple mango with macadamia coconut crumb

Source: Courtesy of Sweet Somethings Dessert Shoppe

Delaware: Sweet Somethings
> Location: Wilmington
> Sample specialty: White chocolate banana cream

Source: Courtesy of Deke M. via Yelp

Florida: The Pie Factory
> Location: Largo
> Sample specialty: Authentic Key West Key lime

Source: Courtesy of Crave Pie Studio

Georgia: Crave Pie Studio
> Location: Duluth & Alpharetta
> Sample specialty: Chocolate bourbon pecan

Source: Courtesy of Hawaiian Pie Company

Hawaii: Hawaiian Pie Company
> Location: Honolulu
> Sample specialty: Passion orange guava pear

Source: Courtesy of Birdie's Pie Shop

Idaho: Birdie’s Pie Shop
> Location: Post Falls & Hayden
> Sample specialty: Salted caramel candy bar

Source: Photo by Tammy S. via Yelp

Illinois: Myrtle’s Café and Pies
> Location: Princeton
> Sample specialty: White chocolate cranberry nut crumble

Source: Courtesy of My Sugar Pie via Facebook

Indiana: My Sugar Pie
> Location: Zionsville
> Sample specialty: Dutch black raspberry

Source: Courtesy of Try Pie via Facebook

Iowa: Try Pie Bakery
> Location: Waterloo
> Sample specialty: Pumpkin praline

Source: Photo by Kristy T. via Yelp

Kansas: The Upper Crust Pie Bakery
> Location: Overland Park
> Sample specialty: Blueberry buttermilk chess

Source: Courtesy of Georgia's Sweet Potato Pie Company via Facebook

Kentucky: Georgia’s Sweet Potato Pie Company
> Location: Louisville
> Sample specialty: Caramel crunch sweet potato

Source: Courtesy of Elsie's Plate & Pie via Facebook

Louisiana: Elsie’s Plate & Pie
> Location: Baton Rouge
> Sample specialty: Almond Joy

Source: Courtesy of Sari Marissa G. via Yelp

Maine: Puzzle Mountain Bakery
> Location: Newry
> Sample specialty: Wild Maine blueberry

Source: Courtesy of The Ugly Pie

Maryland: The Ugly Pie
> Location: Salisbury
> Sample specialty: Tart red cherry

Source: Courtesy of Connie M. via Yelp

Massachusetts: Ever So Humble Pie Company
> Location: East Walpole
> Sample specialty: New England apple

Source: Courtesy of Sister Pie

Michigan: Sister Pie
> Location: Detroit
> Sample specialty: Honey lemon meringue

Source: Photo by Heather K. via Yelp

Minnesota: Heather’s Pies
> Location: Minneapolis
> Sample specialty: Triple berry

Source: Courtesy of Sugaree's Bakery

Mississippi: Sugaree’s Bakery
> Location: New Albany
> Sample specialty: Chocolate meringue

Source: Courtesy of A Slice of Pie via Facebook

Missouri: A Slice of Pie
> Location: Rolla
> Sample specialty: Tollhouse

Source: Courtesy of The Coffee Pot Bakery Cafe

Montana: The Coffee Pot Bakery Café
> Location: Bozeman
> Sample specialty: Chocolate mousse

Source: Courtesy of Stauffer's café & Pie Shoppe via Facebook

Nebraska: Stauffer’s café & Pie Shoppe
> Location: Lincoln
> Sample specialty: Peanut butter banana

Source: Courtesy of Pies Unlimited via Yelp

Nevada: Pies Unlimited
> Location: North Las Vegas
> Sample specialty: Grasshopper

Source: Courtesy of Woodstock Pie & Coffee Co. via Facebook

New Hampshire: Woodstock Pie & Coffee Co.
> Location: North Woodstock
> Sample specialty: Fruits of the forest

Source: Courtesy of Penza's Pies at the Red Barn Café via Facebook

New Jersey: Penza’s Pies at the Red Barn Café
> Location: Hammonton
> Sample specialty: Pineapple ricotta

Source: Photo by Heidi Natalie S. via Yelp

New Mexico: Burro Street Bakery
> Location: Cloudcraft
> Sample specialty: Caramel apple walnut

Source: Courtesy of Miss American Pie via Facebook

New York: Miss American Pie
> Location: Brooklyn
> Sample specialty: Bacon lattice apple

Source: Courtesy of Carolina Pie Company via Facebook

North Carolina: Carolina Pie Company
> Location: Mooresville
> Sample specialty: Frozen margarita

Source: Photo by Michael U. via Yelp

North Dakota: Nichole’s Fine Pastry & Café
> Location: Fargo
> Sample specialty: Sour cream raisin

Source: Courtesy of The Mad Yelper S. via Yelp

Ohio: Just Pies
> Location: Westerville
> Sample specialty: Peach Riot (with cherries and blueberries)

Source: Photo by Pie Junkie via Yelp

Oklahoma: Pie Junkie
> Location: Oklahoma City
> Sample specialty: Drunken turtle

Source: Photo by Patti F. via Yelp

Oregon: The Pie Spot
> Location: Portland
> Sample specialty: Marionberry

Source: Courtesy of The Pie Place via Facebook

Pennsylvania: The Pie Place
> Location: Pittsburgh
> Sample specialty: Freestone peach

Source: Courtesy of DeLuise Bakery

Rhode Island: DeLuise Bakery
> Location: Providence & Cranston
> Sample specialty: Pumpkin

Source: Courtesy of Sugar Bakeshop via Facebook

South Carolina: Sugar Bakeshop
> Location: Charleston
> Sample specialty: Coconut cream

Source: RiverNorthPhotography / iStock Unreleased via Getty Images

South Dakota: Purple Pie Place
> Location: Custer
> Sample specialty: Raspberry rhubarb jalapeño

Source: Courtesy of Papa C Pies Bakery

Tennessee: Papa C Pies Bakery
> Location: Brentwood
> Sample specialty: Ghirardelli chocolate

Source: Courtesy of Royers Pie Haven

Texas: Royers Pie Haven
> Location: Round Top
> Sample specialty: Shannon’s blueberry lemon

Source: Courtesy of Veyo Pies

Utah: Veyo Pies
> Location: Veyo
> Sample specialty: Caramel apple

Source: Photo by Dave H. via Yelp

Vermont: Poorhouse Pies
> Location: Underhill
> Sample specialty: Maple pecan

Source: Courtesy of Mom's Apple Pie Company via Facebook

Virginia: Mom’s Apple Pie Company
> Location: Leesburg, Round Hill & Occoquan
> Sample specialty: Butter pecan apple crumb

Source: Photo by Sharon C. via Yelp

Washington: A la Mode Pies
> Location: Seattle
> Sample specialty: Cookies and cream

Source: Courtesy of Spring Hill Pastry Shop via Facebook

West Virginia: Spring Hill Pastry Shop
> Location: South Charleston
> Sample specialty: Raisin

Source: Courtesy of SmallPie by Honeypie via Facebook

Wisconsin: SmallPie by Honeypie
> Location: Milwaukee
> Sample specialty: Pistachio cream

Source: Courtesy of The Pie Tin Bakery and Catering via Facebook

Wyoming: The Pie Tin
> Location: Wheatland
> Sample specialty: Cherry almond

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