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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