HOW WE CHOOSE
For our 51 winners, we worked with Eater and its regional bureaus to choose the best-tasting pies, giving special weight to those with regionally inspired recipes and locally sourced ingredients.
1317 Main St, Greensboro
The sweet, handmade Bourbon Pecan — one of the top sellers at this beloved pie shop founded on “community and conversation” — is shipped to farmers’ markets throughout the state.
13550 E Main St, Talkeetna
Hikers fuel up with a hearty breakfast and a slice of Blackberry pie at this bakery, which sits inside a hostel and roadside inn on the way to Denali, the highest mountain peak in the country.
8901 N 7th St, Phoenix
At their Texas-inspired barbecue joint, Scott and Bekke Holmes’s Smoked Pecan pie is made from Bekke’s grandmother’s secret recipe — and cooked in the smoker for an extra layer of flavor.
110 SE A St, Bentonville
The state’s unofficial dessert is Possum pie, and this version has house-made pecan sandies, vanilla-bean cream-cheese frosting, chocolate custard and coconut marshmallow.
1422 Larimer St, Denver
Once you find the tiny subterranean shop — nestled in the entrance of a speakeasy — choose from one of the three daily pies that are always changing. Caramel Apple is a best bet.
666 Main Ave, Norwalk
Michele Stuart started baking her grandmother’s pies in her ski condo in Vermont before relocating to Connecticut, where her Apple Crumb is a National Pie Championship award winner.
28635 Coastal Highway, Bethany Beach
At this coastal Delaware fish shack, the SoDel Lime pie is a year-round staple, featuring a creamy custard made with lime and orange zest, tequila and elderflower liquor — all piled into a house-made Nilla Wafer-and-coconut crust.
8625 Florida Mining Blvd, Tampa
Their award-winning Killer Key Lime has a filling made with just egg yolks, condensed milk and lime juice, poured into a graham cracker crust made with brown sugar and butter.
3876 Highway 21, Idaho City
Size matters at this diner located off a scenic highway in an RV park, where the Chocolate S’mores takes up nearly the entire plate with cream piled six inches high.
1618 W Chicago Ave, Chicago
Tart cherries meet sweet apples in this Apple Sour Cherry pie, which is topped with a crunchy oat crumble. Try a pie flight (available on Fridays) if you can’t decide between the many seasonal flavors they offer.
115 E Salem Ave, Indianola
The succulent Cherry pie from this small hometown diner is consistently named one of the state’s best, thanks to its tender, flaky crust.
726 E Main St, Lexington
The original location opened in the 1930s, about 70 miles away in Maysville, where the Transparent pie — made mostly with butter, cream, sugar and eggs — became widely popular.
416 Chartres St, New Orleans
Try Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Sweet Potato Pecan pie — creamy sweet potato filling topped with roasted pecans, served with Chantilly cream.
2839 O’Donnell St, Baltimore
Filled with pancake batter and fresh berries, the Blueberry Pancake pie is almost a breakfast entrée — especially when topped with maple syrup and powdered sugar.
450 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge
The vegan Lemon Meringue at this vegetarian diner is filled with lemon-and-passion-fruit curd and generously topped with caramelized egg-free meringue. Order a 9-in. pie or, if you don’t feel like sharing, a mini personal pie.
8066 Kercheval Ave, Detroit
The signature Salted Maple pie is simplicity at its finest, made with pure maple syrup and topped with flaky sea salt in a crispy crust made with French butter.
4501 Excelsior Blvd, Minneapolis
Women-owned and community-driven, this bakehouse features a seasonal Peach Blueberry pie — ripe peaches gush among tart blueberries all buried under a brown sugar crumble.
423 Carrollton Ave, Greenwood
Chilled to perfection, the Lemon Icebox pie is made with condensed milk, egg whites and lemon juice set in a graham cracker crust and topped with two inches of fluffy whipped cream.
2203 S. 39th St, St. Louis
The family-owned bakeshop/cafe/art studio supports local businesses by sourcing ingredients and equipment from the area to make delicious desserts, like the Peaches n’ Cream, available only when peaches are in season.
300 2nd St East, Whitefish
Housed inside a historic building in the center of a resort town in the Rocky Mountains, this spot bakes more than five versions of Huckleberry pie — each made with different fruit options, all raveworthy.
100 W. Hendricks St, Eustis
Baked in small batches with fillings from scratch, the Cherry is one of many classic pies frozen with a flavor seal that are sent to grocers all over the Midwest and can also be shipped directly to you to bake at home.
171 Kelley St, Manchester
A vintage recipe from the 1970s, the Grasshopper is a no-bake pie made with crème de menthe and chilled for a refreshing minty flavor.
401 Centre St, Beach Haven
Get transported to the ’50s at this old-school beach diner, where the No Name pie with coconut, pecans and chocolate chips tastes, well, righteous.
58 E San Francisco St, Santa Fe
At a snack bar in the back of a general store, the Frito pie comes as a single serve bag of corn chips smothered with chilli, cheese and onions.
101 Maiden Ln, Tower City
Big-rig drivers take a break at all hours at this warm and welcoming truck stop,where the fresh Apple pie gives travelers a boost before they get back on the road.
8533 Beechmont Ave, Cincinnati
The legendary Ohio ice cream maker puts nearly 2 lbs. of its popular Black Raspberry Chip ice cream in a chocolate shell and tops it with bittersweet chocolate before freezing.
1711 NW 16th St, Oklahoma City
The traditional buttermilk pie gets an upgrade — the bestselling Bird Dog Buttermilk has just a hint of fruit, thanks to the smooth splash of Bird Dog Blackberry whiskey.
5202 N Albina Ave, Portland
The marionberry — a special type of blackberry — was bred in Oregon, so it’s no surprise that the tart, juicy and sweet Marion Berry pie is a favorite at this shop.
1838 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia
Chef Sam Jacobson grew up in England, which inspired his British pie and mash shop in Philly. Order the Traditional Beef and Onion pie with mashed potatoes and parsley “liquor” (sauce) while watching footie on the telly.
138 Wayland Ave, Providence
A landmark for more than 80 years, this bakery offers plenty of sweets, but the savory Spinach pie with garlic and olive oil is a local favorite.
19 Mt. Rushmore Rd, Custer
On the way to Mount Rushmore, this restaurant and ice-cream parlor serves the best pie in the Black Hills — the Bumbleberry is chock-full of rhubarb, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and apples.
605 8th Ave S, Nashville
People line up at this red cafeteria for its famous “meat-and-three” platters, finishing off the gutbusting experience with the southern Peach pie.
2800 Kirby Dr B132, Houston
At this hip Indian fusion restaurant, end the meal with a Chai pie: sweet tea custard with ground almonds, Parle-G cookie crust, candied cashews and fresh whipped cream.
133 N Main St, Heber City
Owner Tehmi Brimhall has dreamed of owning a bakery since the fifth grade and now serves up pies like the Pork Tomatillo with slow-roasted, hand-shredded smoked pork smothered in a salsa verde with blackened corn in a light, cornmeal-dusted crust.