No one can be sure when March 14 became a day for eating pie and celebrating the discovery of the mathematical phenomena that is Pi, but it is certainly a great reason for picking up a piece of your favorite baked good. Even with the popularity of low-carb diets and gluten-free desires, Minnesota has managed to keep the pies baking. Any of these delicious bakeries will work to satisfy your craving for a perfect slice of pie on pie day.
A Baker’s Wife
4200 S. 28th Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Get there early to get a pie or order one ahead of time. These buttery masterpieces fly out of A Baker’s Wife Pastry Shop so fast your head will spin. Along with some of the best donuts, teacakes, and pastries in the world, A Baker’s Wife turns out amazing pies. Selections vary throughout the year and around Pi Day you will find french silk, cherry, and pecan. For a sure thing and a new carbohydrate craving, head to this small and unassuming bakery that has become a destination shop for many Minnesotans.
Patrick’s Bakery And Cafe
2928 W. 66th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55423
Feel like you are in a little cafe in Paris, France when you enter Patrick’s Bakery. With the recipes and guidance of a French baker, Patrick’s is a fantastic place to get a pie. Known for their meringue pies and decadent chocolate desserts, Patrick’s Bakery and Cafe will make the perfect pie for your Pi Day. Enjoy a cup of coffee and a croissant while you wait for them to box up your pie and enjoy the deliciousness of French baking in Minnesota.
Keys Cafe & Bakery
1682 Lexington Ave. N.
Roseville, MN 55113
A family-owned business that opened in the 1970’s, Keys Cafe and Bakery has nine locations in Minnesota. They pride themselves on making fresh desserts an delicious meals from scratch and with the use of local ingredients. Their number one product, however, is their pie. From varying kinds of fruit pies to cream pies, Keys has the secret to making your favorite kind of pie the best you’ve ever tasted. Some of the most popular are the key lime, the french silk and their fresh strawberry rhubarb pie. Order one for Pi Day and another for the day after.
The Buttered Tin
237 7th St. E.
St. Paul, MN 55101
Located in the Lowertown neighborhood of St. Paul, The Buttered Tin is one of the best places for a delicious weekend breakfast as well as a phenomenal bakery. Every weekend, the line to get into The Buttered Tin wraps around the building as locals wait for a farm fresh homemade breakfast. The bakery is just as wonderful. With top quality ingredients that go into every buttery crust of each pie, the most delicious pies ever come out of their ovens. Pies are available to order ahead only and range from mini-sized to full sized creations. The most popular pies are the apple and lemon meringue, however, you really can’t get a bad pie at the Buttered Tin.
1633 Highway 61
Two Harbors, MN 55616
In Northern Minnesota, Betty’s Pies has been producing thousands of the best pies for over 50 years. What started as a lunch counter for fishermen has turned into a place to order pies and enjoy a slice of love. Betty’s ships pies all over the country, making them accessible to everyone on Pi Day. With 48 hours notice, a fresh pie will come out of the oven and be prepared to ship right to your door. Try the blueberry, cherry berry or sour cream raisin pie among many others.
Andrea Wodele is a freelance writer who has lived in the Twin Cities for the last 10 years. Her hobbies include exercising, driving kids around, watching Minnesota sports, and reading self-help literature. Examiner.com.