The Best Pies in America

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©Gabriele Stabile/Momofuku Milk Bar
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Lord of the Pies
Courtesy Emporium Pies
'Lord of the Pies'

Emporium Pies hits the mark with its award-winning take on apple pie. Ten tart Granny Smith's are soft baked into housemade caramel and topped with cinnamon streusel on top of its heavenly, flaky crust. 

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Apple pie
Courtesy The Blue Owl Restaurant and Bakery
'Levee High Caramel Pecan Apple Pie'

The Blue Owl Restaurant and Bakery makes a dessert-lover's destination out of historic Kimmswick, Missouri. One of the restaurant's biggest draws is the famed "Levee High Caramel Pecan Apple Pie." The pie begins with 18 hand-peeled and sliced apples, finished with rich caramel pecan topping.

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Banana cream pie
©Emeril's
'Banana Cream Pie'

Emeril Lagasse shares his banana cream pie at Emeril's New Orleans and Emeril's New Orleans Fish House in Las Vegas. Topping the graham cracker crust are nine pounds of bananas and piped-on whipped cream, all topped off with shaved chocolate, confectioner's sugar and a fresh mint garnish.

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A whole pie
Courtesy Achatz
'Michigan 4-Berry Double Crust'

Achatz Homemade Pie Co. makes it's local and nationally acclaimed "Michigan 4-Berry Double Crust" pie with locally grown ingredients. Each bite is filled with Michigan tart cherries, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries.

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Slice of pie on a plate
©Sam Holden
'Baltimore Bomb'

"The Baltimore Bomb," served by Dangerously Delicious Pies, is music to chocolate lovers' ears. Melted and swirled in is Baltimore's Berger Cookies along with fudgy, chocolate icing all in a sweet vanilla chess filling.

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Sweet Potato and Bourbon Pecan Pie
Courtesy Red Truck Bakery
'Sweet Potato and Bourbon Pecan Pie'

The Red Truck Bakery in Marshall, Virginia, got the presidential seal of approval for it sweet potato and bourbon pecan pie on March 14—Pi Day—in 2016. President Barack Obama praised the pie as a favorite in a Facebook post.

 

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Pumpecapple Pie Cake
Courtesy Three Brothers Bakery
Pumpecapple Piecake

The Three Brothers Bakery in Houston takes pie to the next level, rather three levels of pies baked inside cake. Think pie for July Fourth, Thanksgiving and Christmas rolled into one majestic confection. Pair apple pie with spice cake, award-winning pecan pie in chocolate cake for the second tier followed by pumpkin pie in a pumpkin spice cake. Feeds up to 80.

 

 

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Pies on a table
©Gabriele Stabile/Momofuku Milk Bar
'Crack Pie'

Courtesy of two-time James Beard Award-winning pastry chef Christinia Tosi, her bakery Milk Bar produces the addictive toasted oat crust pie with the dense and gooey filling that has received worldwide recognition. Available online or at 11 locations; New York (8), Toronto, D.C. and Las Vegas.

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Chocolate Haupia pie
©Sydney Louie
'Chocolate Haupia Pie'

Ted's Bakery has been a fixture on Oahu's North Shore since 1956. Ted's has a wide selection of pastries to choose from, but what brings people in and coming back is the chocolate haupia pie; Dark chocolate custard cream filling compliments an additional layer of creamy coconut pudding topped with whipped topping.

 

 

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Lemon pie from Durham, North Carolina
Courtesy Scratch
'Shaker Lemon Pie'

Scratch in Durham, North Carolina, is open for breakfast and lunch and pies are always ready to go. The bakery's noted "Shaker Lemon Pie" is a lemon chess pie made silky from buttermilk and cornmeal with—of course—pastry made from scratch.

By Scott Rouch on 08/21/2017

What is it about pie that tantalizes so?

Maybe it's that first dip of the fork into the flaky crust to pull filling like apple, cherry or blueberry, or maybe it's just about the flavor combinations. These pies hail from all corners of America, representing traditional to ultra-creative in filling and size, but all with one thing in common: these are the ones travelers can't get enough of.

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