In honor of March 14, aka Pi Day, it’s time to celebrate with a road trip that features our favorite round dessert: the pie! Check out 4 tasty places to get a slice (or 2 … ).
1. Brake for farm-fresh fruit pies in Riverhead, NY
Take a scenic drive out on Long Island’s North Fork and stop for one of Briermere Farms’ famous homemade pies, which many Long Islanders consider the best fruit pies in the region (if not the world). Sold from a bakery counter in the converted front room of a generations-old family farmhouse, these delicious pies are made on-site and from scratch, mostly from fruit grown on the 300-acre farm and orchard. Briermere has a lengthy pie list (check the blackboard on the way in), but popular hits includes strawberry rhubarb in spring, peach in summer, and the pitch-perfect apple in fall and winter. Briermere Farms, 4414 Sound Ave, Riverhead, NY 11901.
2. Park for perfect pecans in New Albany, MS
About an hour’s drive from Memphis, Tennessee is the historic small town of New Albany, Mississippi, located on the picturesque Tallahatchi River. Sugaree’s Bakery is dedicated to preserving the flavors of the Deep South with incredible layer cakes, cookies, and, of course, pies. Known especially for their take on pecan pie (made from 2 and a 1/2 pounds of perfect pecans), Sugaree’s also offers sweet potato, classic chess, and chocolate meringue pies sold whole or by the slice. Can’t make it to Mississippi? Sugaree’s takes online offers and ships domestically too. Sugaree’s Bakery, 110 West Bankhead Street, New Albany, MS, 38652.
3. Make peace with your pie in Berkeley, CA
Located just 13 miles from San Francisco and a stone’s throw from UC Berkeley is Crixa Cakes, an artisanal and small-batch bakery and café. Inspired by the flavors of Hungary, Russia, and Central Europe, Crixa’s cakes, cookies, pastries, and, of course, their pies, offer an old-world take on many classic American desserts. Crixa Cake’s pie menu is no exception, changing daily and with the seasons. Try the pear and rose, the sour cherry, the boysenberry rhubarb, or the double apple for a truly transcendent experience (and come early for the best selection — they tend to sell out by late afternoon). Crixa Cakes, 2748 Adeline Street, Berkeley, CA 94703.
4. Have a slice of cherry pie at an iconic diner in North Bend, WA
Fans of a certain early ’90s television series know any decent pie-themed road trip includes a pit stop at Twede’s Café in North Bend, Washington. Start with a burger or classic breakfast, but don’t leave without a fine cup of coffee and a slice of the Snoqualmie Valley’s famous “Twin Peaks” Cherry Pie. Twede’s Café, 137 W North Bend Way, North Bend, WA.
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