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A glorious slice of plum crumble pie at Sister Pie in West Village.
Bill Addison

8 Premier Places for Pie in Detroit

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A glorious slice of plum crumble pie at Sister Pie in West Village.
| Bill Addison

Few things are as American as a sweet pie. Flaky crusted pastries came over on the Mayflower and Colonials put bountiful fruits and berries to use, baking them into pastry fillings. Here, in Michigan, bakers are carrying on the tradition with a local slant — scouring orchards and farms for the finest ingredients the Mitten has to offer.

Spots like Sister Pie in West Village, for instance, have taken Detroit's baking world by storm by creating rotating, seasonal dessert pies from salted maple to sour cherry. In Old Redford, golden, sweet potato pies are the specialty at family-owned institution Sweet Potato Sensations. Diners can also satisfy sweet cravings at restaurants like Rock City Eatery, which offers creative filling like cranberry-white chocolate pistachio and cherry bourbon.

Pie is good in any season, but shops tend to get busiest around the more patriotic holidays such as Thanksgiving and Fourth of July. Around those dates, it’s always wise to give bakeries some notice by placing orders ahead of time. Whether a sweet slice a la mode is in order or savory meat pie to-go, here are eight essential pie spots for a pie fix.

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1. Sister Pie

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8066 Kercheval St
Detroit, MI
(313) 447-5550
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This West Village pastry gem charms tastebuds with its creative flavors. While the fillings are divine, it’s the crust that really sets Sister Pie apart. There are no soggy bottoms here. Just perfectly crisp and flaky not-too-sweet pastry that lets the rest of the ingredients shine. Look out for seasonally rotating pies like rhubarb-walnut crumble and toasted marshmallow butterscotch alongside the bakery’s year-round favorite — salted maple. Around major holidays, it’s best to place orders in advance.

2. Love’s Custard Pie

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Eastern Market
Detroit, MI
(313) 748-2654
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Beloved family-owned baking business Love’s Custard Pie operates a popular pie stand out of Shed 5 at Eastern Market. Love’s makes pies in flavors like chess pie, egg custard, and key lime alongside savory options like chicken pot pie.

3. Lush Yummies Pie Co. 

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2939 Russell St
Detroit, MI 48207

This Detroit company offers its desserts out of the Eastern Market sheds as well as online and at at retail locations such as Westborn Market and Kroger. Soon Lush Yummies will be expanding into its own pie shop, too. The main attraction from this growing bakery operation is the lemon butta pie — a family recipe that’s the right balance of sweet, creamy, and tart. Take home a slice or a whole pie for the road.

4. Rock City Eatery

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4216 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

Long before it move into Midtown, Rock City Eatery began as a cottage industry pie operation. Today, chef Nikita Sanchez is staying true to his roots by keeping pies on the dessert menu. Edgy, seasonal combinations like peanut butter berry and Oreo cookies and cream keep regulars coming back.

5. Scotty Simpsons Fish & Chips

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22200 Fenkell St
Detroit, MI
(313) 533-0950
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Best known for its Nova Scotian cod fish and chips, Brightmoor landmark Scotty Simpson's seasonal pies are the stars of the dessert menu. The selections alternate, but slices of banana cream pie and chocolate pies are among the usual suspects. Order it a la mode for a little extra.

6. Ackroyd's Scottish Bakery

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25566 Five Mile Road
Redford Charter Twp, MI 48239
(313) 532-1181
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Not to be upstaged by the sweet pie set, this 70-year-old Redford bakery sells a selection of traditional Scottish meat pies. The savory options range from cheese and onion to pork to macaroni and cheese. (There’s even a vegan option.) Ackroyd’s also offers a variety of Cornish pasties and sweets such as shortbreads and fern cakes.

A small meat pie with a crust top with a whole in the center Ackroyd’s [Courtesy photo]

7. Sweet Potato Sensations

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17377 Lahser
Detroit, MI
(313) 532-7996
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It’s not hard to guess the specialty at this Detroit bakery. Pieces of luscious sweet potato pie are almost literally slices of heaven. Sweet potato pecan and sweet potato coconut pie also make the cut.

8. Achatz Handmade Pie Co.

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17736 W 13 Mile Rd
Beverly Hills, MI
(248) 594-6111
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A Michigan pie standard bearer, Achatz has locations all over the metro Detroit map serving flaky, not-too-sweet crusted desserts filled with a wide range of fruits and creams. The Michigan 4-berry — filled with tart cherries, blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries — is a fan favorite. Get it in double crust form or with a crumb on top. Place an order online or drop in for a last-minute pastry indulgence.

1. Sister Pie

8066 Kercheval St, Detroit, MI

This West Village pastry gem charms tastebuds with its creative flavors. While the fillings are divine, it’s the crust that really sets Sister Pie apart. There are no soggy bottoms here. Just perfectly crisp and flaky not-too-sweet pastry that lets the rest of the ingredients shine. Look out for seasonally rotating pies like rhubarb-walnut crumble and toasted marshmallow butterscotch alongside the bakery’s year-round favorite — salted maple. Around major holidays, it’s best to place orders in advance.

8066 Kercheval St
Detroit, MI

2. Love’s Custard Pie

Eastern Market, Detroit, MI

Beloved family-owned baking business Love’s Custard Pie operates a popular pie stand out of Shed 5 at Eastern Market. Love’s makes pies in flavors like chess pie, egg custard, and key lime alongside savory options like chicken pot pie.

Eastern Market
Detroit, MI

3. Lush Yummies Pie Co. 

2939 Russell St, Detroit, MI 48207

This Detroit company offers its desserts out of the Eastern Market sheds as well as online and at at retail locations such as Westborn Market and Kroger. Soon Lush Yummies will be expanding into its own pie shop, too. The main attraction from this growing bakery operation is the lemon butta pie — a family recipe that’s the right balance of sweet, creamy, and tart. Take home a slice or a whole pie for the road.

2939 Russell St
Detroit, MI 48207

4. Rock City Eatery

4216 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

Long before it move into Midtown, Rock City Eatery began as a cottage industry pie operation. Today, chef Nikita Sanchez is staying true to his roots by keeping pies on the dessert menu. Edgy, seasonal combinations like peanut butter berry and Oreo cookies and cream keep regulars coming back.

4216 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

5. Scotty Simpsons Fish & Chips

22200 Fenkell St, Detroit, MI

Best known for its Nova Scotian cod fish and chips, Brightmoor landmark Scotty Simpson's seasonal pies are the stars of the dessert menu. The selections alternate, but slices of banana cream pie and chocolate pies are among the usual suspects. Order it a la mode for a little extra.

22200 Fenkell St
Detroit, MI

6. Ackroyd's Scottish Bakery

25566 Five Mile Road, Redford Charter Twp, MI 48239
A small meat pie with a crust top with a whole in the center Ackroyd’s [Courtesy photo]

Not to be upstaged by the sweet pie set, this 70-year-old Redford bakery sells a selection of traditional Scottish meat pies. The savory options range from cheese and onion to pork to macaroni and cheese. (There’s even a vegan option.) Ackroyd’s also offers a variety of Cornish pasties and sweets such as shortbreads and fern cakes.

25566 Five Mile Road
Redford Charter Twp, MI 48239

7. Sweet Potato Sensations

17377 Lahser, Detroit, MI

It’s not hard to guess the specialty at this Detroit bakery. Pieces of luscious sweet potato pie are almost literally slices of heaven. Sweet potato pecan and sweet potato coconut pie also make the cut.

17377 Lahser
Detroit, MI

8. Achatz Handmade Pie Co.

17736 W 13 Mile Rd, Beverly Hills, MI

A Michigan pie standard bearer, Achatz has locations all over the metro Detroit map serving flaky, not-too-sweet crusted desserts filled with a wide range of fruits and creams. The Michigan 4-berry — filled with tart cherries, blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries — is a fan favorite. Get it in double crust form or with a crumb on top. Place an order online or drop in for a last-minute pastry indulgence.

17736 W 13 Mile Rd
Beverly Hills, MI

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