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Friday, May 24, 2024

Pie Day

With the holiday season right around the corner, it’s time to get in the a-la-mood for some of the region’s best pies. You’ll be sure to want to stick your face in these desirable desserts — we know we will! While the Hoosier Pie Trail doesn’t come through Evansville, we advocate for our own pie trail sampling these popular pastries.

The Pie Pan
With nearly 30 different homemade flavors to choose from at The Pie Pan, enjoy the popular varieties like pumpkin, country apple, cherry, and coconut cream, or go with rhubarb — the personal favorite of owner Libby Lear. Make sure to look for the Pie of the Day, which has featured chocolate banana and Key lime in the past, and ask about wedding pies, a trendy alternative to cakes.
905 N. Park Drive, 812-425-2261

Cross-Eyed Cricket
The Cross-Eyed Cricket uses traditional family recipes and makes pies from scratch to ensure the best quality possible. Patrons can enjoy the most popular flavors like coconut and rhubarb, or choose from many other selections including cherry, red pudding, custard, and apple. The treats are available both whole and by the slice, and did we mention free pies? Get a free slice every Sunday with your lunch order!
2101 Pennsylvania St., 812-422-6464

Wolf’s Bar-B-Q
Made from scratch by Wolf’s pie maker, these desserts make any event sweeter. Take your favorite flavors, including chocolate cream, banana, lemon meringue, apple, pecan, and pumpkin (available toward the end of October), by the slice or whole. Also try the coconut cream, which owner Terry Wolf says is the most popular, and look for upcoming seasonal pies during the holidays.
6600 N. First Ave., 812-424-8891

Marx BBQ & Catering
With apple, chocolate, pecan, and coconut cream varieties, Marx BBQ & Catering is another great place for your next slice. It also may feature the most unique pie in the region — Ski pie. After experimenting about four months ago, the chefs make it with real syrup from the RC Beverage Company, lemon, and a cream topping. It contains a slightly tart flavor and a hint of carbonation from the soda. Make sure to look for it at the West Side Nut Club Fall Festival.
3119 W. Maryland St., 812-425-1616

Try all six of O’Charley’s gourmet flavors — Lemon Supreme, Southern Pecan, French Silk, Ooey Gooey Caramel, Double-Crust Peach, and Country Apple. The peach pie, using Free Stone peaches, and the apple variety, with crisp Michigan apples, both have won awards in the past, and the pecan pie received a Blue Ribbon by the American Pie Council. Eat a slice or take a whole pie home to share, and enjoy it free with your meal on Wednesdays.
7301 E. Indiana St., 812-479-6632; 5125 Pearl Drive, 812-424-3348; 5205 Frederica St., Owensboro, KY, 270-686-8780

The Log Inn
Once a stagecoach stop visited by Abraham Lincoln in 1844, the Log Inn features family-style American food with tremendous pie. Among eight flavors, the most popular are coconut cream and caramel apple nut, which contains walnuts and a caramel drizzle. Also try the lemon meringue or the new peanut butter, made from a third-generation recipe.
12491 S. 200 E., Haubstadt, IN, 812-867-3216

Stoll’s Country Inn
Choose from chocolate, peanut butter, coconut, lemon, strawberry, and butterscotch flavors each weekday, and come in on the weekend for the added varieties of pumpkin, pecan, and custard to complement the homemade Amish cooking. Stoll’s also has whole peach, apple, cherry, and blackberry pies for sale. Every pie is made fresh daily, but be sure to get yours quickly — one baker has made 60 pies in a day to meet demand.
19820 Castle Creek Drive, 812-867-7730

Coffee Cottage & Café
This quaint café is the perfect place to relax and enjoy some dessert. The most common pies are pumpkin and pecan, especially during the holiday season, but diners can choose apple or a variety of other flavors. Coffee Cottage & Café is locally owned so all the pies are made from scratch and delicious from the first bite.
612 S. Weinbach Ave., 812-401-1930

Piece of Cake
This shop may be known for its cakes, but the pies are just as delightful. There are many featured flavors, including chocolate cream, coconut cream, banana cream, apple, cherry, and German chocolate. Think outside the pan and choose lemon raspberry or Kentucky Bourbon, a brownie pie cooked with real bourbon. The owners, three sisters, use family recipes and make every pie by hand. You can buy one slice and receive another for 17 cents on Fridays in September, and be sure to stop by in November when you can buy any two whole varieties and receive a free pumpkin pie. Also ask about fundraising opportunities — Piece of Cake donated $2,000 last year through its pie fundraiser.
210 Main St., 812-424-2253

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