St. Louis’ Top 10 Pie Shops & Restaurants
St. Louis, MO/November 14, 2017 (STL.News) – Fall is pie season. Blame it on Thanksgiving, if you like, but Americans love pie. According to the American Pie Council, it is our favorite dessert and we spend more than $700 million on pie each year—and that’s just at the grocery store! We love pie so much, we have two official days each year to celebrate it: December 1st and January 23rd are both National Pie Day—and that doesn’t even take into account the unofficial annual Pi day each March (3/14), or variant days like Apple Pie Day (May 13th) or Peach Pie Day (Aug. 24th).
Thanksgiving may be “turkey day” but for most of us it’s also “pie day.” Eating pie at the big meal dates back to the second Thanksgiving. According to Spoon University, we’ll eat about 50 million pumpkin pies this Thanksgiving, with pecan pie and apple pie also making big appearances on holiday tables. So, it’s no wonder that the chill in the air has many of us thinking about pie. As a great food city, it isn’t too hard to find a good slice of pie at a cafe, diner, restaurant, or bakery. We wanted to know where to find the best pie in town. So, we turned to customer reviews to find St. Louis diners’ favorite pie makers. We found a long list of excellent pie shops and eateries across the metro area.
St. Louis’ favorite pie shop is a charming Kirkwood bakery cafe offering sophisticated sweet and savory treats crafted by an acclaimed pastry chef. Nathaniel Reid’s Bakery has a well-earned following for their artisan desserts, including the delectable pies, tarts, and quiches. A true pâtisserie in the French tradition, everything at Nathaniel Reid’s is both beautiful and delicious. That includes the pies. Consider their Thanksgiving pies this year. The pumpkin is everything you could want in this traditional Thanksgiving Day pie—buttery, flaky crust with a creamy, lightly spicy, sweet and savory filling. But Reid elevates the concept by topping his with a divine maple white-chocolate Chantilly cream. He doses the Chantilly with chocolate for his Chocolate Pecan Tart. Since opening in August 2016, Nathaniel Reid’s Bakery has quickly become one of St. Louis’ favorite places to satisfy our cravings for pie and a whole lot more.
Here are the top 10 pie shops and restaurants in the St. Louis area according to customer reviews:
1. Nathaniel Reid Bakery (4.83 stars/173 reviews) Kirkwood, 11243 Manchester Road, Saint Louis, MO 63122, (314) 858-1019.
2. Kruta Collinsville Bakery (4.76 stars/179 reviews) Metro-East, 300 Saint Louis Road, Collinsville, IL 62234, (618) 344-1115.
3. Missouri Baking Company (4.74 stars/645 reviews) The Hill, 2027 Edwards Street, Saint Louis, MO 63110, (314) 773-6566.
4. Whisk: A Sustainable Bakeshop (4.68 stars/105 reviews) Benton Park, 2201 Cherokee Street, Saint Louis, MO 63118, (314) 932-5166.
5. Sucrose (4.64 stars/59 reviews) St. Charles, 700 South Fifth Street, Saint Charles, MO 63301, (636) 410-8505.
6. Country Girl’s Pie Shop (4.61 stars/94 reviews) Kingsway West, 3330 Union Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63115, (314) 383-8509.
7. Pie Oh My! (4.59 stars/134 reviews) Downtown Maplewood, 2719 Sutton Blvd, Maplewood, MO 63143, (314) 704-4416.
8. Piccione Pastry (4.55 stars/322 reviews) East Loop, 6197 Delmar Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63112, (314) 932-1355.
9. Pint Size Bakery & Coffee (4.51 stars/181 reviews) Lindenwood Park, 3133 Watson Road, Saint Louis, MO 63139, (314) 645-7142.
10. Sugaree Baking Co. (4.50 stars/60 reviews) Dogtown, 1242 Tamm Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63139, (314) 645-5496.
St. Louis is rich with quality pie makers. Consequently, there were a few we wanted to share with you that didn’t quite make the top 10 list. Some had great customer reviews, just not enough of them (minimum 50). Others are tried and true pie palaces on the fringes of the St. Louis area. To these terrific pie purveyors, we offer Honorable Mentions:
A Little Taste of Heaven Bakery (4.62 stars/39 reviews) Edwardsville, 219 Hillsboro Ave, Edwardsville, IL 62025, (618) 659-8569. This metro-east bakery is well known for their dedication to using authentic ingredients in their scratch made treats. Customers especially like their lemon meringue pie. Their scones, cinnamon roll and turtle cheesecake all get high marks too.
Blue Springs Cafe (4.47 stars/388 reviews) Madison County, 3505 George Street, Highland, IL 62249, (618) 654-5788. This roadside restaurant in eastern Madison county is nationally known for their foot-high pies, and locally loved for their fried chicken and walleye. But it’s the pies, with their flakey crusts, rich filling, and fluffy meringues, that won Blue Springs a feature on Food Network’s Diners Drive-Ins and Dives.
The Blue Owl Restaurant & Bakery (3.95 stars/185 reviews) Jefferson County, 6116 2nd Street, Kimmswick, MO 63053, (636) 464-3128. Tourists visit Kimmswick for the historic buildings. They go to explore the many antique stores. And they go to eat at the Blue Owl. This charming, homespun restaurant earned national attention in 2011 when Oprah Winfrey named their pie to her “favorite things” list and featured them in O Magazine—specifically, it was the Caramel Pecan Levee-High Apple Pie. Customers have high praise for it, and all the other pies at this quaint eatery.