Ooey-gooey fillings and a crispy, buttery crust are just two of the best things about pies. There is a lot of loving that goes into creating the perfect pie – perfect in taste, not necessarily in the lattice work on top.[find-an-apartment]
Pies have the ability to bring up cherished family memories – whether the apple pie tastes just like your grandma’s or the pumpkin pie spice reminds you of your first Thanksgiving with your significant other. Whatever it may be, pie is a classic American dessert. In honor of National Pie Day on Jan. 23, make a stop at one of these pie places in the U.S.
The goal of this pie shop for baker Lindsay Doolittle and her husband was simple. They wanted to focus on “transforming pie from an American classic to an imaginative designer dessert.” The pies offer handmade crusts and fillings, produced from organic and all-natural ingredients. The must-try pie is the Blackberry Cabernet Pie, which is only available four months out of the year when the berries are fresh. Nontraditional pie flavors include the Joyful Almond Pie, Andy’s Mint Pie, Nutell of a Pie and the Pistachio Orange Blossom Pie. More traditional pies that will remind you of your grandma’s kitchen include the Southern Praline Pecan Pie and the Great Pumpkin Pie. They change their menu seasonally to highlight the freshest local ingredients. However, some of the pies are available seasonally.
Location: Pickups are available by appointment only. The kitchen facility is located at 654 King St., Charleston, SC 29403.
Only using the freshest and finest ingredients, Durham’s Scratch changes their menu year round. However, a pie that is available all year long is the Shaker Lemon Pie, which combines macerated lemon slices that give the filling a marmalade consistency. Scratch offers more than pie, so you can stop in for a focaccia and take a small chocolate salt pie home, which is big enough for two to enjoy. The crust is flaky and delicate, and the filling is not too sweet. Some of the seasonal flavors include the Heirloom Apple Pie made with a sesame streusel and a Chestnut Cream Pie.
Location: 111 Orange St., Durham, NC 27701
Achatz Handmade Pie Co.
A Michigan specialty, Achatz Handmade Pie Co. uses over a million pounds of Michigan fruit each year in their pies. The most notable pie is the Michigan 4-Berry. It is one of the best selling, and it is loaded with fresh Michigan tart cherries, blueberries, Marion blackberries and raspberries. They also sell traditional pies such as pecan, pumpkin, French silk, coconut cream and German chocolate. If you’re looking for a savory pie, Achatz has that, too. Try the broccoli and cheddar quiche or the seafood pot pie. In addition to being the tastiest pie place in Michigan, they offer great deals that blow the competition out of the water, and the customer service is second to none.
Location: There are eight locations throughout Michigan, including the Ann Arbor store located at 2643 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
The Original Fried Pies
What’s better than a pie? One that you can hold in your hand. What’s better than a hand-held pie? One that is fried. Enter the made-from-scratch fried pies from the Original Fried Pie Shop located in Oklahoma. The shop got its inspiration from the owner’s grandmother, who created the hand-held pies for the ranchers in the fields of Oklahoma’s Arbuckle Mountains. Pie flavors include apricot, apple, cheery, peach, pecan, chocolate cream, coconut cream, lemon and vanilla. If you’re stopping through for breakfast, try the sausage, egg and cheese pie or the bacon, egg and cheese pie. You can even create your own pie mixing and matching any of the fruit and cream flavors.
Location: There are several locations in Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and Missouri. The original location is located at U.S. 77. Davis, OK 73030.
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