Best Pies in the Midwest - recommended by Midwesterners
Do you love pie? Are you heading to the Midwest? The #MidwestMondayChat on twitter comes through again —this time, with great pie recommendations from all around the Midwest!
We looked over all the tweets, from travelers, bakers, and general pie eaters, and chose our favorite pie from each of the 12 Midwestern states. Check out our top choices for the best pies in the Midwest!
Royal Oak Farm Orchard, Harvard, IL
Four generations have run this family orchard and farm in northern Illinois since 1992. Their restaurant serves both savory pot pies and an award-winning apple caramel pie!
Tip: as an orchard farm, Royal Oak is seasonal. But Illinois has plenty of other great pie options, like The Chopping Bloc in Chicago.
Oasis Diner, Plainfield, IN
Saved from a near-destruction by its designation as one of Indiana’s 10 Most Endangered Buildings, the Oasis Diner has been operating in Plainfield, Indiana almost continuously since 1954.
The Oasis offers a dozen varieties of locally made pies, and is part of the Indiana Foodways’ Pie Trail.
The Hamburg Inn, Iowa City, IA
My favourite place for pie in Iowa? The Hamburg Inn in Iowa City! Well I've only had blended ice cream and pie together in 'pie shake' form but it still counts right?! #MidwestMondayChat @OpenWideTheWrld @DonatoDebbie pic.twitter.com/JsBOHEdFcf— Between England & Iowa (@englandandiowa) November 20, 2018
Iowa City's oldest family-owned restaurant. Since 1948, offering a tradition of comfort food in a 50’s time capsule.
In addition to these fabulous pies (apple, blackberry, blueberry, bumbleberry -apple, raspberry, rhubarb-, cherry, peach, red raspberry, strawberry rhubarb), do NOT miss the Pie Shakes!
Sommerset Hall Café, Dover, KS
The quaint cafe, known in the region for its friendly service and great food, garnered national attention in 2008, when Norma Grubb, the cafe’s pie-maker, won a Good Morning America contest, “Best Pie in America.” Norma later retired from pie-making at the age of 89, after achieving the lifetime goal of making more than 10,000 pies!
The Cherry Hut, Beulah, MI
A northern Michigan tradition since 1922, when The Cherry Hut was first established as a simple roadside pie stand. The smiling face of “Cherry Jerry” was cut into the crust of their first pies, and to this day it is the distinguishing sign of the Cherry Hut and its products.
Betty’s Pies, Two Harbors, MN
It all began in 1957, when Betty's father, Aleck, built a fish shack by the Stewart River. Betty thought it would be a good idea to have some goodies for the fishermen when they stopped in, so she started making coffee, donuts and pie for them to enjoy.
The Blue Owl Restaurant, Kimmswick, MO
Home of the famous Levee High Apple Pie! The pie was named to honor volunteers who built a levee that saved the restaurant from The Great Flood of 1993. The Blue Owl has been featured on The Food Network, The Travel Channel, The Today Show and O Magazine.
WheatFields Eatery & Bakery, Omaha, NE
Offering more than 40 kinds of pies in their bakery location, WheatFields has been serving Omaha since 2000. WheatFields highlights the charm of the Midwest and emphasizes every season by featuring local fruits & vegetables in their simple but elegant, everyday-dining experience.
We have put word out to several contacts in North Dakota to discover where locals love to get their pie. So far, no word.
Do they all make their pies at home? Even better!
Let us know if you have a North Dakota pie recommendation and we’ll add it to our list!
The Rail Burger, North Olmsted, OH + 4 other locations
The best pie I've tasted is a toss up between this Butterfinger Cream Pie I found in a mom & pop diner in Kentucky or a warm piece of Bourbon Pecan a la mode at @TheRailBurger in North Olmstead Ohio. I bet @milkwithno & @foodhussy can weigh in on this topic. #MidwestMondayChat pic.twitter.com/MPynDlCYx8— Tonya Prater (@travelinsliving) November 19, 2018
Known more for their fresh, local beer and Ohio Beer School events, The Rail still makes our list, if just for their sole pie: the scratch-made Bourbon pecan pie! Also serving from-scratch chocolate pecan and pumpkin pies.
We have put word out to several contacts in South Dakota to discover where locals love to get their pie. So far, no word.
Is this a Dakota theme?
Let us know if you have a South Dakota pie recommendation and we’ll add it to our list!
Elsie Mae’s Bakery & Cannery, Kenosha, WI
#MidwestMondayChat Talking about Midwest #pies, whenever we are in Kenosha we visit Elsie Mae's for fresh baked pies. We love their mini pies because u can bring a sampling home! Great crust, too! https://t.co/PLAdP9B37n @OpenWideTheWrld @DonatoDebbie @VisitKenosha #midwestmade pic.twitter.com/OTigjqmyJj— momsandkeyboard (@Momsandkeyboard) November 19, 2018
Whole pies, hand pies, mini pies, whoopie pies. Elsie Mae’s Canning & Pies has them all! In addition to a delectable variety of seasonally rotating pies, Elsie Mae’s also offers pie-making parties, for kids and adults.
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