Apples have come to have a versatile number of applications in the kitchen. The state of Minnesota enjoys a fine list of family-owned restaurants, bakeries and specialty places for feasting on delicious apple pie. There is never an inappropriate time to have this historic dessert that represents the wealth and richness of the American way of life.
Key’s Cafe & Bakery
767 Raymond Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55114
Key’s Cafe & Bakery has been proudly serving the Twin Cities since 1973. Key’s philosophy centers around creating the best food so the client can walk away with a memorable experience. This shop bakes all sorts of original house-made pies, but its bestseller continues to be the apple pie. Located in St. Paul, along with nine more locations, the food is baked from scratch and the service is some of the best in the state. This family-owned and award-winning restaurant is recognizable on the local and national level. Come on down and try its signature apple pie that’s been dazzling residents in Minnesota for some time.
Taste of Scandinavia Bakery & Cafe
401 W. 98th St.
Bloomington, MN 55420
Taste of Scandinavia Bakery & Cafe was first introduced in the Minneapolis-St. Paul market in 1990. As the name indicates, it’s a European-style bakery filled with notable tradition. The baked goods are top notch, high quality and served to be the best in town. The recipes may be something of a novelty in American cafes, but they were brought over from Finland dating back some 35 years ago. The bakery offers old fashioned pumpkin and pecan pie, yet the classic grandmother’s apple pie tops them all. Taste of Scandinavia fuses innovation, history and richness along with impeccable service.
New Scenic Cafe
5461 North Shore Drive
Duluth, MN 55804
New Scenic Cafe is one of those locations that enjoys a little more prestige, scenery and enchantment because of its proximity to Lake Superior. This farm-inspired venue offers more than icing on the cake with fresh-baked goods like apple pie. This cozy, friendly, waterfront dining location offers great original recipes of pies and a truly a breathtaking view of one of the most visited scenic locations in the entire state. The must-try pies include apple-cranberry, chocolate pecan, apple and the most popular, the North Shore triple berry (a blend of blueberries, blackberries and raspberries).
3311 E. 25th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Birchwood Cafe has a rich history, changing its business a few times during its existence. It started out as a dairy back in 1926 by the Bursch family and then became a grocery store in the 1940s. Later in 1995, this signature location was spawned into what it is today: a cafe. Birchwood is considered a perennial winner of best pie awards. It has pioneered its cooking by adopting the local and sustainable vein. If apple pie is what you crave, then it’s apple pie you shall receive. Other juicy, sugary goodies include the the gluten-free maple pumpkin, the key lime pie and the apple cranberry ginger pie.
Cold Spring Bakery
308 Main St.
Cold Spring, MN 56320
Cold Spring Bakery is another proud, award-winning, family-owned restaurant. Located not far from the city St. Cloud, Cold Spring is considered one of the best bakeries in the area because of its uniquely baked goods. This full-lined bakery has been in operation since 1946, baking all sorts of sugary treats (wedding cakes with cake decorators, cookies, rolls, doughnuts and more). It may have the usual pies (apple, pumpkin, classic banana cream, coconut cream), but they are finely cooked, prepared and served under $10. These are by far a great deal for such spectacular taste.
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Anthony Carranza is a freelance writer covering all things Minnesota related to tech, social media, news, and local happenings around the Twin Cities. His work can be found at Examiner.com.