10 Best Pies Served in the US – Vote for Your Favorite

With Thanksgiving mere days away, are you dreaming about all the delicious pies that will be served at your family dinner? Vote for your favorite pie served in the good old U.S.A., add your own to the list, and come back to see which one wins the vote!

#1 Apple Fried Pie with Smoked Butterscotch Sauce

At Restaurant August, the flagship New Orleans eatery from chef-owner John Besh, don’t miss the Apple Fried Pie dessert. Part of the restaurant’s Thanksgiving celebration, the dessert plate arrives holding two tiny, deep-fried pies—made from cream cheese dough stuffed with a smoked apple filling—in a generous helping of smoked butterscotch sauce. A scoop of tangy buttermilk semi-freddo accompanies the dish, along with some fresh green apple batons, buttermilk-vinegar sherbet, and hard caramel shards. Sweet, tart, fried, and creamy—it makes for a luscious finale.

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#2 Chocolate-Pecan Pie

Pie’s the word when it comes to fall dessert at State Fare Kitchen inside the Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage in Palm Springs, Calif. In addition to mini pecan pies, mini apple pies, and mini pumpkin pies, pastry chef Orady Ditgnavong is cranking out full-size lemon meringue pies and this sinful chocolate-pecan pie, set in a warm, flaky crust and packed with a gooey filling of fresh vanilla beans, brown sugar, layers of chocolate chips, and buttery pecans. In terms of sweets, it takes the cake (er, pie)

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#3 Banoffee Pie

Sarah Steffan, executive chef of the Dogwood restaurant at Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tenn., is offering this British riff on a classic pecan pie at the Farm. The sweet, nutty, lofty creation starts off with a feathery butter crust filled with toffee custard, chocolate ganache, fresh bananas, spiced pecans, and clouds of coffee whipped cream crowned with shavings of chocolate.

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#4 Harvest Pumpkin Pie

Savor a slice of New England at the Ritz-Carlton in South Beach, Fla., with an elevated version of pumpkin pie. Pastry chef John Martinez makes magic with eggs, pumpkin puree, sugar, and sweet spices to produce this classic custardy creation. He adds an artistic touch by circling the crust with a wreath of golden pastry leaves and adding big dollops of sweet whipped cream.

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#5 Coconut Cream Pie

Although modern American fare may define the deft cooking at the Michelin-starred Betony restaurant in Manhattan, the pies being offered tip toward the traditional. In addition to apple, pumpkin, and pecan pies, pastry chef Mina Pizarro, who has worked in such restaurants as Le Cirque and Per Se, draws on her Southeast Asian heritage to create this coconut cream pie, lofty with a velvety coconut cream custard, vanilla Chantilly, and toasted coconut.

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#6 Spiced Cranberry-Apple Pithivier

At Blantyre in Lenox, Mass., this iconic puff-pastry pie from France will get a tasty New England twist at the restaurant’s Thanksgiving dessert buffet. Pastry chef Kim Watson fills the puff pastry crust not only with sweet almond paste (frangipane), but also a slew of sweet, buttery spiced apples and fresh cranberries poached in simple syrup. A blizzard of powdered sugar dusts the top.

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#7 Torched Lemon Meringue Pie

For a cozy, off-season splurge on Cape Cod, guests can tuck into a grand Thanksgiving buffet at Stars restaurant at the Chatham Bars Inn, starring this gorgeous lemon meringue pie. Pastry chef Brennan Froeschner creates this citrusy sweet by filling a sugary sable shell with silky, smooth, homemade lemon curd. Swirls of Italian meringue ringing the pie are zapped with a flame to lend a smoky, campfire touch.

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#8 Chocolate-Peanut Pie with Cocoa Nib Brittle

In Midtown Manhattan at Charlie Palmer’s flagship restaurant, Aureole, this nutty, chocolate madness will be available on Thanksgiving. Paris-born pastry chef Renaud Besnard dreamed up this sweet exclamation point, which consists of a sweet almond crust heaped with a 70-percent dark-chocolate filling, enriched with salted caramel and roasted peanuts. Chocolate-nib brittle and whipped-cream rosettes garnish the pie, along with more toasted nuts and flecks of gold leaf.

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#9 Banana Cream Pie

If you happen to be one of the 500 or so guests coming to Thanksgiving at Rancho Valencia, near Del Mar, Calif., get ready for pastry chef Stephanie Tesnow’s famous dessert buffet featuring nearly half a dozen homemade pies. In addition to pumpkin, apple, pecan, and pumpkin-Dutch apple pie, she’ll be offering this scrumptious banana-cream creation made by filling a flaky butter crust with vanilla pastry cream enriched with real bananas. It’s topped with sweet whipped cream and toasted coconut.

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#10 Mini Open-faced Squash and Chocolate Pie w/Brown Sugar Ice Cream

Since 2010, Luce at the InterContinental San Francisco has been awarded a Michelin star for chef Daniel Corey’s elegant seasonal cooking that draws on the produce from the area’s surrounding farms. For the restaurant’s Thanksgiving Day feast, the area’s bounty will enhance numerous courses, including this chocolate-squash pie. Inside a sweet chocolate crust, the orange gourd is cooked to a caramelized goodness, pureed, and then folded into a plush chocolate mousse. This rich mix is topped with salted brown-butter ice cream, butternut squash chips, gooey caramel, and snowy bits of powdered brown butter.

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