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Dining Out 1 minute 15 March 2021

Where To Eat Pie for Pi Day

Celebrate Pi Day with one, three, or four slices from one of these MICHELIN-recommended restaurants.

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A day devoted to eating pi(e)? That’s a holiday we can get behind. Celebrate March 14th (aka 3.14—Pi Day) with one, three, or four slices of pie from these MICHELIN-recommended restaurants in LA, Mill Valley, DC, New York, and Chicago.

Succotash's chocolate bourbon pecan pie. Photo by Scott Suchman, courtesy of Succotash
Succotash's chocolate bourbon pecan pie. Photo by Scott Suchman, courtesy of Succotash

Washington, DC

Succotash

Edward Lee's Succotash is quite a grandiose setting in which to enjoy pie. The soaring ceilings of this former bank accommodate Corinthian columns, mahogany paneling,  and a mezzanine lined in tables. Cap off a meal here with a seasonal fruit cobbler with pecan streusel or the chocolate bourbon pecan pie with orange whipped cream—perfectly sized for one (and you won't want to share it). 


Pearl’s Southern Comfort's nutter butter pie. Photo by Rich Cole, courtesy of Pearl’s Southern Comfort
Pearl’s Southern Comfort's nutter butter pie. Photo by Rich Cole, courtesy of Pearl’s Southern Comfort

Chicago

Pearl's Southern Comfort

Two beloved American cookies come together in the pie Pearl's Southern Comfort, with a Nutter Butter filling atop an Oreo crust. After a savory spread of barbecue—Kansas City-style ribs, Carolina pulled pork—and sides like creole coleslaw, ready your fork for the Nutter Butter pie, sized well for two to split.

Pleasant House Pub's chicken balti pie. Photo by Dan Goldberg, courtesy of Pleasant House Pub
Pleasant House Pub's chicken balti pie. Photo by Dan Goldberg, courtesy of Pleasant House Pub

Chicago

Pleasant House Pub

As our inspector put it, "the crowds come for the pies, and for good reason—they’re fabulous." These are savory English pies with a flaky, buttery crust and fillings like curry stew with chicken and tomato (that's the chicken balti) or the cheesy mushroom and kale. There's even a vegan option bursting with zucchini, yellow squash, and sweet potato. 

 Eleven City Diner's apple cobbler. Photo by Eric Marion-Williams Photography, coutesy of Eleven City Diner
Eleven City Diner's apple cobbler. Photo by Eric Marion-Williams Photography, coutesy of Eleven City Diner

Chicago

Eleven City Diner

There's a lot of neon in the windows at MICHELIN Plate Eleven City Diner, where the ceiling is double height and the pastrami sandwiches are towering. For dessert, cut into a slice of the green granny smith apple pie, but try to get there for lunch: the kitchen makes 14-25 pies a day, and when they're gone, they're gone.

Buckeye Roadhouse's s'more pie. Photo by Lindsay Upson, courtesy of Buckeye Roadhouse
Buckeye Roadhouse's s'more pie. Photo by Lindsay Upson, courtesy of Buckeye Roadhouse

Mill Valley, California

Buckeye Roadhouse 

Road-trippers and Mill Valley locals have been flocking to this whitewashed Craftsmen Bungalow since 1937 for California-influenced American fare—think Oysters bingo over spinach, topped with garlic aïoli. The restaurant's dessert menu is short and sweet: slices of a lofty s'more pie or Key lime with a granola crust, or butterscotch crème brûlée.

Sweet pies from The Pie Room by Gwen. Photo by Andrea D’Agosto, courtesy of The Pie Room by Gwen
Sweet pies from The Pie Room by Gwen. Photo by Andrea D’Agosto, courtesy of The Pie Room by Gwen

Los Angeles

Pie Room by Gwen

With indoor dining almost entirely shut down in California, Curtis Stone has turned One MICHELIN Star Maude into a pop-up called Pie Room by Gwen. Stone grew up in Australia and worked in London, and here you'll find both Aussie and English-style pies savory and sweet, from rabbit, mustard, and tarragon to banoffee cream pie. 

Melba's sweetpotato pie. Photo by Adrian Buckmaster, courtesy of Melba's
Melba's sweetpotato pie. Photo by Adrian Buckmaster, courtesy of Melba's

New York

Melba's
This 16-year Harlem mainstay is named for its gregarious owner Melba Wilson. Its menu runs from Southern favorites—fried chicken with eggnog waffles, Low Country collard greens—to spinach and cheese empanadas and a veggie burger. No matter what you order,  you'd be remiss not to end your meal with a slice of pillowy sweet potato pie. 


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Hero image: The Pie Room by Gwen. Photo by Andrea D’Agosto, courtesy of The Pie Room by Gwen

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