March 14 is Pi Day, thanks to the three first digits of the number being 3.14. Celebrate by indulging in a pastry treat from one of NJ’s most beloved pie spots.
The Able Baker
187 Maplewood Ave., Maplewood
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., Freehold
This spot’s a pick-your-own institution in NJ. Go for everyday flavors like blueberry crumb, lemon crunch or coconut custard. In the spring and summer, piña colada, strawberry rhubarb and peach praline are top seasonal choices.
346 Long Swamp Rd., New Egypt
This spot should definitely be on your radar for a Pi Day treat. Flavors range from blueberry crumb to cherry to apple walnut, and a popular choice is The Trifecta, a mix of blueberry, cherry and peach (try it with crumbs).
Erie Coffeeshop and Bakery
10 Franklin Pl., Rutherford
Erie’s specializes in 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 salted caramel apple pie, plus a spinach mushroom feta handpie.
Johnson’s Corner Farm
133 Church Rd., Medford
Is it 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 pie. The mixed berry pies are great, too!
301 N. Harrison St., Princeton
This small-batch bakery specializes in single serving pies and their ingredients are organic and locally sourced. The March flavors are apple crumb, gluten-free vegan blueberry crumb, gluten-free brownie, key lime and pistachio frangipane-rose pie.
Penza’s Pies at the Red Barn Cafe
391 Rte. 206, Hammonton
Come for rustic, no-frills breakfast and lunch. This place is beloved for its five types of ricotta pie: regular, pumpkin, blueberry, peach and blueberry, and pineapple. Try a double crust apple, apple crumb, apple cranberry, apple blueberry, apple cherry, multi-fruit, coconut custard, peach, blueberry, pecan, pecan with blueberry and orange, or sugar-free apple. If you like tarts, try the pear. Or, for a savory pie, choose sweet potato, duxeberry, tomato or a meat pie.
Pie Lady Cafe
9 E. Main St., Moorestown
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, popular banana cream or kid-friendly cookie pie. The selection rotates.
The Pie Store
100 Watchung Ave., Upper Montclair
This is the go-to spot for traditional British goodies, and most importantly, savory and sweet British-style pies. The savory options include shepherd’s pie, turkey and stuffing pie, Cornish pastry and chicken and mushrooms. Try a pocket pastry made with steak, chana masala or lamb with feta. If you have a sweet tooth, go for the double crust cran-apple, double crust raspberry-blackberry-apple or key lime pie. If you can’t make it Tuesday, head there on the weekend for coconut custard or chocolate mousse.
Pure Love Pies
1042 Broad St., Bloomfield
Famous for its secret recipe navy bean pie, this spot also whips up southern classics like sweet potato and deep-dish pecan pies.
330 Cold Soil Rd., Princeton
There are more than 15 varieties of fresh-baked pies, including strawberry rhubarb, peach melba, traditional apple, apple crisp and blueberry. Try something new with cider donut bread pudding. Or, pick up a savory pot pie for dinner.
Where to Get Pizza on Pi Day