I've told you all before of my undying love for pie, and of my never-ending search for the perfect slice. In fact, I have called on all of you to help in this endeavor before, and I am asking you again.
In honor of National Pie Day I've decided to put together, with the help of serious eaters everywhere, the Serious Eats Pie Honor Roll. I've tasted most of these myself, but I've also taken the liberty of adding some pielicious places my friend John T. Edge has written about in two of his wonderful books, Apple PIe and Southern Belly. Please add your favorite pie places to the Serious Eats Pie Honor Roll.
And if you want to further your pie-reading pleasure check out Humble Pie by Anne Dimock for some geniunely wise pie philosophy. Other good folks have gone in search of perfect pie, including Bill and Barbara Windsor. I have to admit I've never been to any of their top fourteen. Friend of Serious Eats Paul Lukas also went in search of America's best pies for Money Magazine. I've only been to one on his list. And our friends at Roadfood list 125 places when you punch in pie into their search box. I'm afraid I have a lot more pie eating to do. So many pies, so little time.
Baked; Brooklyn Blue Smoke; New York City Briermere Farms; Riverhead, New York Breadline; Washington, D.C. Bubby's; New York City Clinton Street Baking Company, New York City Duane Park Patisserie; New York City Eileen Blake's; Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts Little Pie Company; New York City Mitchel London Foods; New York City Fairway Cafe; New York City Pie Bakery and Cafe; Newton Center, Massachusetts Prime Burger; New York City Roundswamp Farms; East Hampton, New York Soutine; New York City Sweet Melissa's; Brooklyn Summer Shack; Cambridge, Massachusetts Trois Pommes Patisserie; Brooklyn Two Fat Cats Bakery; Portland, Maine Two Little Red Hens; New York City Wimps; New York City Yura; New York City
This list is basically all John T. Edge, all the time.
Big Bob Gibson's Bar-B-Que; Decatur, Alabama Bob Sykes Bar-B-Q; Bessemer, Alabama Early Girl; Asheville, North Carolina Ed and Kay's; Benton, Arkansas Jerry Kendall's Fruit Market; Union City, Tennessee Jim's Kountry Pies; Youngsville, Louisiana Margo's Country Store; Parsons, Tennessee Mary's Family Pie Shop; De Valls Bluff, Arkansas Magnolia Grill; Durham, North Carolina Mayo's Mahalia Jackson Fried Chicken; Nashville
Coffee Cup Cafe; Sully, Iowa Deal's Orchard; Jefferson, Iowa Grand Traverse Pie Company; Traverse City, Michigan (and other locations) Hamburg Inn #2; Iowa City, Iowa Hoosier Mama; Chicago
Big Y Cafe; Pehastin, Washington Dahlia Bakery; Seattle Downtown Creamery; Healdsburg, California Du-Par's; Los Angeles Julian Pie Co.; Julian, California Lone Pie Fruit and Espresso; Orondo, Washington Pie 'n Burger; Pasadena, California Senor Pie; Albuquerque Tootie Pie; Medina, Texas