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Honeypie Cafe
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The 11 best pies in the USA for your holiday feast

Happy holidays, now treat yourself to the best pies in America

By Sarah Medina, Patty Lee and Time Out editors

The holidays are going to look pretty different this year. But even if you can't physically travel to be with family and friends this season, you can still treat yourself to one of the best pies in the USA. Yup, many of these bakes beauties can be shipped cross-country, just in time to be the main feature on your holiday table. So follow the sweet scent (virtually or in-person) to some of the best bakeries in the U.S. for exceptional pies in cities from Maine to California. Finishing scoops of ice cream, not included (but highly recommended).

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Tartine Bakery
Tartine Bakery
Photograph: Courtesy Tartine Bakery

1. San Francisco, CA: The banana cream tart from Tartine Bakery

Every so often, a dish becomes such a hit, it’s practically synonymous with an eatery. Such is the case with this pie from Liz Prueitt and Chad Robertson’s award-winning Tartine Bakery. A smear of bittersweet chocolate acts as a barrier between filling and shell, ensuring a flaky crust with every bite and balancing out the sweetness of the banana-studded pastry cream. Chocolate shavings finish the delightfully messy confection. Plus, you can get it from Tartine's L.A. locations too. 

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Honeypie Cafe
Honeypie Cafe
Photograph: Michael Goelzer

2. Milwaukee, WI: Black bottom banana cream pie from Honeypie Cafe

Cozy diner Honeypie Cafe proudly reps its Midwestern roots with gussied-up comfort food and desserts. To form her luscious homage to old-fashioned black-bottomed pies, baking guru Valeri Lucks marries two of her bestsellers, layering chocolate and banana custards—both made with Wisconsin milk—atop a crisp graham cracker crust. She crowns the glorious affair with a mound of fresh whipped cream, which every pie-lover knows is an essential addition.

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Achatz Handmade Pie Co.
Achatz Handmade Pie Co.
Photograph: Courtesy Achatz Handmade Pie Co.

3. Ann Arbor, MI: Double Crust Michigan 4-Berry from Achatz Handmade Pie Co

Years before Grant Achatz became a food-world luminary, second cousins Dave and Wendy were building a pastry empire in the family’s native Michigan. The self-taught bakers shot to pie-slinging fame with this streusel-topped beauty, available at Achatz Handmade Pie Co. Sweetened with just a touch of sugar, the delightfully tart filling allows the plump, locally-grown blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and cherries to shine.

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Spinning J Bakery & Soda Fountain
Spinning J Bakery & Soda Fountain
Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas

4. Chicago, IL: The key lime-hibiscus at Spinning J Bakery & Soda Fountain

Travel back in time (if only for an hour) at this charming Humboldt Park pie and soda shop that's outfitted with old-timey barstools and beautiful vintage accents. Despite its decor, the pies on offer aren't stuck in the past: Diners can choose from imaginative flavors like yuzu-matcha meringue, s'mores, lemon-lavender and key lime-hibiscus. Order a slice and a house-made soda, hunker down in a booth and transport yourself to a simpler time. —Time Out Chicago editors 

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Emporium Pies
Emporium Pies
Photograph: Emporium Pies

5. Dallas, TX: Lord of the Pies from Emporium Pies

With its “go big or go home” mentality, it’s no surprise that the Lone Star State serves as the birthplace for this deep-dish behemoth. Towering over most other pastries, the aptly named Lord of the Pies calls for a whopping 10 whole Granny Smith apples—the fruit’s tart punch is tempered by Emporium Pie’s rich house-made caramel and a generous heap of cinnamon crumb topping. A tender, all-butter crust completes the Texan showstopper.

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Fat & Flour
Fat & Flour
Photograph: Stephanie Breijo

6. Los Angeles, CA: Key lime pie at Fat & Flour

Nicole Rucker's pies come brimming with bright pops of acidity and sweetness from the season’s freshest produce—carefully sourced and inspected by Rucker herself—and silken with butter or custard or chocolate. At her new stand inside Grand Central Market in L.A. you can find some of her most iconic baked goods (light-as-air Key lime pie, anyone?) as well as newer creations, such as cookie-crust pies and savory hand pies, too. —Time Out L.A. editors 

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Pie Lab
Pie Lab
Photograph: Courtesy Pie Lab

7. Greensboro, AL: Chocolate bourbon pecan pie from Pie Lab

Since its founding in 2009, design-studio-slash-bakery Pie Lab has set out to support the community one pie at a time (they also provide job training for local youth and resources for Greensboro small businesses). Chef Kelley Whatley helps the cause with her boozy, chocolatey twist on the old Southern classic. Crack through the burnished shell of caramelized pecans and you’ll get a spoonful of smooth, eggy custard that carefully straddles the line between runny and firm. Eat dessert, do good—now that’s something everyone should get behind.

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Two Fat Cats Bakery
Two Fat Cats Bakery
Photograph: Courtesy Two Fat Cats Bakery

8. Portland, ME: Blueberry pie from Two Fat Cats Bakery

When it comes to iconic foods, Maine has two: lobster and blueberries. And just like a good lobster roll, a superb blueberry pie relies on the freshness and simplicity of its key ingredient. In the case of quaint Maine bakery Two Fat Cats, that means forgoing bigger cultivated berries for the tinier wild variety to give the oozing innards of this rustic double-crust pie a more intense blueberry flavor.

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Petee's Café
Petee's Café
Photograph: Victor Garzon

9. New York City, NY: Coconut custard pie at Petee's Café

The pint-size Lower East Side pie shop opened a charming Clinton Hill café that has become one of our favorite date spots in the city. Petee’s bakes many sweets we love, like icebox lemon poppy-seed meringue and banana cream pies, but the absolute best for the Thanksgiving season is the creamy coconut custard. And if you're looking for a baking project, Petra Paredez recently released her first cookbook, Pie for Everyone. —Time Out New York editors

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Ted's Bakery
Ted's Bakery
Photograph: Ken Munakatam

10. Haleiwa, HI: Chocolate haupia cream pie from Ted’s Bakery

Note: This venue is temporarily closed 

Oahu’s top pie purveyor sits on the island’s North Shore, home to some of the Aloha State’s most epic waves. Just as legendary as the surf is this laidback gem’s custard two-fer, a menu staple since Ted’s opened in 1987. A velvety layer of haupia (coconut) pudding infuses touch of tropical flair into the unconventional chocolate-cream pie.

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Crack pie from Momofuku Milk Bar
Crack pie from Momofuku Milk Bar
Photograph: Jessica Lin

11. Nationwide: Milk Bar pie from Momofuku Milk Bar

Christina Tosi’s legendary salty-sweet creation from Momofuku Milk Bar was a happy accident, according to legend. A giant crumbled oat cookie subs in for your standard-issue crust, which is draped in a gooey butter filling shot with vanilla and—surprise ingredient—corn powder. Now, you can get a fresh pie delivery anywhere in the USA.

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