We thought pie season was over, what with the holidays behind us and all. We were wrong! Today, January 23, is National Pie Day, and March 14, is, of course, Pi(e) Day. Plus, Tenacious Eats just did a whole movie-dinner built around pies last week. What more reason do you need?
Pie Oh My (2719 Sutton Boulevard, Maplewood; 314-704-4416)
This one's a no-brainer. Owner Jane Callahan is basically the fairy godmother of pie. She started delivering her home-cooked masterpieces door-to-door before setting up shop in Maplewood. It's fresh ingredients, seasonal flavors and local collaborations that keep things exciting. This week, Callahan's got apple, blackberry custard, butterscotch cream (Thursday only), coconut cream (Friday), lemon meringue, oatmeal chocolate, pear apple, and pecan.
Sugarfire Smokehouse (9200 Olive Boulevard, Olivette; 314-997-2301)
Wait a minute -- Sugarfire isn't a bakery. But pie is the perfect cap to a big, Southern meal. You can get pecan, key lime, apple, "crack" pie, Mississippi Mud pie and seasonal selections for $5 a slice or $28 for the whole thing.
The Original Fried Pie Shop (1 West Fifth Street, Eureka; 636-587-7743)
Fried pies aren't traditional pies, but they are delicious nonetheless. Yes, the bakery is a small chain -- it was founded over one hundred years ago -- but each pie is made fresh and fried to order in peanut oil. Choose from fruit, cream or meat pies, or make one yourself. We're partial to the coconut-cream pie, but blackberry is sounding pretty good right now, too.
Cleveland-Heath (106 North Main Street, Edwardsville, Illinois; 618-307-4830)
Specifically, the "Old Fashioned Cherry Pie." It's made with tart pie cherries, butter crust and vanilla ice cream. We've heard rumor of maple-bourbon ice cream, though, so maybe ask for that. Really, anything to get your across the river to Cleveland-Heath. It's worth it.
Let us know how you're celebrating National Pie Day in the comments!