Sweet Slices

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Like design and fashion, the food world follows trends. Case in point: The onslaught of cupcake shops a few years ago, followed by the recent fro-yo rush. And now there’s a new sweet act in town—pie. Do a little “research” by trying a slice from one of these top pie shops:

 

Wednesday’s Pie, on the below-the-street level of Denver’s Larimer Square, not only serves three kinds of perfect pie each day; the tiny storefront also poses as the “cover operation” for Frank Bonanno’s speakeasy-style bar, The Green Russell. wednesdayspie.com

 

Aspen’s mother-and-daughter-owned Pie in the Sky features charmingly named savory slices (California Dreamin’, Bombay Lamb), along with sweet pies (Brandy Alexandra, Wimbledon), available at a few Aspen-area specialty food shops or online. pieintheskyaspen.com

 

Four generations of women have been perfecting the recipes for My Mom’s Pie, located in Old Town Niwot. Beyond the usual fruit and cream pies, MMP offers gluten- and sugar-free options, too. mmpies.com

 

For more than 20 years, the folks at Ryus Avenue Bakery have been churning out pies from an old stone building in tiny La Veta. A slice of the blueberry is worth a detour. ryusavebakery.com

 

Though it’s only been open since October of last year, Denver’s Humble Pie Store in the historic Baker District is racking up rave reviews for its Beef Short Rib, Western Slope Peach and Chocolate Chess pies. humblepiestore.com

 

And since there’s always room for more pie, here are a few more places to try:
 
Walk into Granny Scott’s Pie Shop in Lakewood and you’ll find more than 25 kinds just waiting to be sliced. Customer favorites include Grasshopper and Jo’s Plantation Peanut Butter, but if you don’t see your favorite, just mention it to owners Larry and Roxie Green and they might just make it. grannyscottspieshop.com

 

Every Tuesday is Pie Day at Boulder’s Walnut Café; pop by for a $2.50 slice of creamy coconut, tart key lime, or the ever-popular pecan. And order your Thanksgiving pies early—they only make 100. walnutcafe.com

 

It used to be that you could only find Maggie Maloney’s scrumptious slices at the farmers’ markets in the Vail Valley, but thanks to the growing demand for unique flavors such as pumpkin pecan and apple crumb caramel, you can now visit her shop, Magpies, in Eagle or order online for nationwide delivery. magpiesco.com

Inspired to make your own pie? Click here for art director Elaine St. Louis’ award-winning recipes.

 

 

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