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Top Spots in Philly for Your Pi Day Pie Fix

Celebrate 3/14 with these delicious baked treats, from traditional to inventive.

March 14 is Pi Day, which is the best excuse ever to indulge in some pie all in the name of math. There are so many great places to grab a treat whose homophone is a mathematical constant. We couldn’t bring ourselves to narrow it down to 3.14, so a top 6 will have to do.

Beiler’s Bakery

Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th St.

 

This Amish bakery at Reading Terminal has been owned and operated by the same Pennsylvania Dutch family since 1984, and their pies really have that homemade feel. And if traditional apple or pecan pie isn’t your style, they also make whoopie pies!

The Baker’s Jar

625 S. 16th St.

 

For a different twist, visit Graduate Hospital’s bakery that specializes in adorable desserts in jars. Pick up a little Mason jar with perfectly layered, perfectly portioned pie like Apple Crumb or Lemon Berry.

Tartes

212 Arch St.

 

This adorable little pink takeout bakery across from the Betsy Ross House makes hand-rolled tarts daily in small batches so you know they’re fresh. Plus since they’re single-serve, your kids don’t have to agree on one flavor–and with everything from Blackberry Almond to Chocolate Creme Brulee, you’ll want to try them all.

Stargazy

1838 E. Passyunk Ave.

 

For a change of pace, stop into East Passyunk’s traditional British pie shop for some savory meat pies, as well as sweet dessert pies. Try the flaky beef and onion pie (with a side of mash, for the full effect), then finish with a fruit pie for dessert.

L’il Pop Shop

265 S. 44th St. and 229 S. 20th St.

 

While L’il Pop Shop is obviously known for its wide variety of unique ice pops, they have also developed a pie collection that is just as unique and delicious, and similarly changes with the seasons. Our favorite is the Green Tea Matcha Mochi pie, which is every bit as magical as it sounds. The rest of their flavors are just as complex, and you can also get them à la mode, with a pop on top!

Flying Monkey Bakery

Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th St.

 

Finally, the pièce de résistance, the Pumpple cake: two pies (apple and pumpkin) baked into a chocolate and vanilla cake covered in frosting. A single towering slice will provide you with an entire day’s worth of calories, and while they usually just serve it in the fall and earlier in the winter, you can order a whole one in advance! If you’re too intimidated by this monstrous dessert, Flying Monkey also has a rotating selection of delectable mini pies, and of course their signature whoopie pies.

 

Photographs by Laura Swartz.

Philadelphia Assistant Editor | Email tips to laura@familyfocus.org

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