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March 14 is Pi Day, thanks to the three first digits of the number being 3.14. Celebrate by indulging in a punny pastry treat from one of NJ’s most beloved pie spots.
187 Maplewood Ave., 973-313-1133
Crust fanatics, look no further. A hefty crust is key to these bakers for balancing out ooey-gooey fillings. The selection is seasonal, but make a point to score the hard-to-come-by buttermilk pie, a custard-based southern treat.
91 Wemrock Rd., 732-462-0756
This spot’s a pick your own institution in NJ. Go for everyday pics like very berry, peach or coconut custard. In the spring and summer, strawberry rhubarb and peach praline are farm-fresh choices, but July is all about piña colada pie.
346 Long Swamp Rd., 609-758-8514
NJ.com’s Peter Genovese put this spot at the top of his fave pie spots in NJ, thanks to the shop’s unbeatable fresh fruit pies. Flavors range from blueberry crumb to cherry to apple walnut, but Genovese’s fave is The Trifecta, a mix of blueberry, cherry and peach. Reopens March 30.
10 Franklin Pl., 201-460-0073
Erie’s specialty is amazing coffee and small batch baked goodies. The menu rotates seasonally, so you can expect spring’s spread to hit the site soon. For now, they’re slinging apple caramel pies, plus handpies with fillings like spinach mushroom feta and cherry cream cheese.
133 Church Rd., 609-654-8643
Are pies all about classic apple for your fam? Then you’ll want to hit this farm’s bakery for one of five different types of apple pies (pumpkin’s a fall fave, too).
16 Label St., 973-528-8015
This donut-obsessed bread bakery is celebrating Pi Day with Pi handpies with apple, blueberry and cherry fillings! Score nine of these handheld cuties for $31.41 by preordering now. Proceeds go to the Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence, which raises funds to benefit Montclair public schools.
Rte. 206 and Myrtle St., 609-567-3412
Come for rustic, homey, no-frills breakfast and lunch. This pastry haven is tucked away in Red Barn, a farm market and cafe. Indulge in a soul-warming chicken pot pie, or keep it sweet with homemade apple cran.
9 E. Main St., Ste. 1, 856-778-7437
Quiches and muffins and coffee, oh my! This hidden gem serves up massive scones in rotating flavors (everything from butterscotch to chocolate almond), plus pie by the slice. Go for the Instaworthy lemon meringue, or kid-friendly cookie pie. Call in advance to order a whole pie.
100 Watchung Ave., 973-744-4424
This is the go-to spot for traditional British goodies, and most importantly savory and sweet British-style pies. Shepherd’s pie, Cornish pasties and steak and ale pies are hearty go-tos, while regulars rave about the famous key lime and banoffee (weekends only) numbers for dessert.
1042 Broad St., 862-333-4990
Famous for a secret recipe navy bean pie, a Muslim cuisine staple, southern classics like sweet potato pie and deep-dish pecan pie are winners here, too. Live nearby? You’re in luck: Local delivery just started last month.