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Best Pies

Best Pies

More than just a delicious dessert, the perfect pie is worth saving room for this holiday season. From nostalgic classics to fresh takes, we’ve picked the 26 best that should be gracing your table.

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Michele Chiappetta and Rob Harmon
Published
October 29, 2017 3:18 AM

With the holidays rolling around, we can’t help thinking about pie. After all, isn’t pie the best part of a holiday meal? No Thanksgiving spread is complete without slices of pumpkin and pecan pie topped with whipped cream. And though serving it for dessert is a tradition as American as — well, you know what we mean — pies have been around a long, long time, proving if nothing else that human beings will never stop eating a good thing.

Though savory pies (those filled with meats) go back to at least the Roman days, when the outer shell served mainly as a vehicle for serving the filling inside, the sweeter, fruitier version of pie has become an icon of holiday dessert menus since at least 1831. That’s the date of the first recorded apple pie recipe, printed in England by Geoffrey Chaucer and listing minimal ingredients — apples, figs, raisins, pears and a pastry shell.

Today, of course, we’ve sweetened the deal with plenty of sugar, a wide variety of fruits, chocolate, squash and even nuts. And that’s good news, because we think the only way to get too much of this particular good thing is to overeat at the holiday table. So, loosen your belt, go forth and explore Green Country’s best pies, which we have conveniently compiled into this handy list for you. Enjoy!

Nearly 100 years of rich history goes into everything Savoy does. (Photo: Marc Rains)
Nearly 100 years of rich history goes into everything Savoy does. (Photo: Marc Rains)

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Ann’s Bakery
7 N. Harvard | Tulsa
Since the 1930s, this Tulsa gem of a bakery has made some of the most delicious cakes but also some of the best pies northeast Oklahoma has to offer. Fruit pies, pumpkin pies, pecans and cobblers — if you haven’t given Ann’s Bakery a chance, you’re missing out on four generations of goodie-making know-how. After a tragic fire and appearing on the Food Network’s Save My Bakery a few years back, Ann’s bakery is as good as ever.

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Antoinette Baking Co.
207 N. Main St. | Tulsa
You might have to wait in line a few minutes, but having a piece of pie from Tulsa’s Antoinette Baking Company is a special treat you’ll want to repeat again and again. With over 20 choices of pie, depending on the day, you’re going to have to come back to try something new. Perhaps the first piece could be the Lemon Chess or the Mississippi Mud. These flavors hearken back to the days when granny set the pie out on the window to cool, and the kiddos could smell it for miles around.

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Brownies
6577 E. 71st St. | Tulsa
2130 S. Harvard Ave. | Tulsa
Brownies Hamburgers may be known for a lot of things, like amazing homemade root beer, killer onion rings and hamburgers to die for, but their menu’s unsung hero is the outstanding homemade pie — chocolate, coconut, lemon, butterscotch, and banana. When they say homemade, they mean like grandma used to make, maybe better. The chocolate pie, for lovers of mile-high meringue, will top off the top-notch visit you can expect at Brownies.

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The Cake Lady Collinsville
912 W. Main St. | Collinsville
The Cake Lady specializes in custom orders and pays complete attention to detail, making sure each cake is special and unique. Every order is baked fresh using quality ingredients from Ashley Williamson’s bakery in the heart of downtown Collinsville. Their treats are creative and adventurous in design with exquisite flavor, bold colors and are deliciously moist. In addition to their show-stopping cakes, they have a variety of beautiful sweet bites including cupcakes, cake pops, custom cookies and pies to just name a few. Pies range from banana cream and chocolate cream to coconut cream and lemon meringue.

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Dilly Diner
402 E. 2nd St. | Tulsa
Known for its late hours, amazing breakfasts and reliable service, Dilly Diner is a staple of downtown Tulsa eating. Add it to your plans the next time you want a cup of rich coffee, Lomah Dairy cream, and homemade pie from their on-site bakery section. Choose from delights such as the buttermilk, chocolate, and fresh fruit pies with amazingly flaky pastry crusts. The slices are large, and can be ordered with housemade vanilla ice cream, well worth the treat.

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Freeway Café
1547 E. 3rd St. | Tulsa
465 S. Sheridan Road | Tulsa
5849 S. 49th W. Ave. | Tulsa
When you visit Freeway Cafe, it’s like taking a little trip back in time. You’ll get the ‘50s diner decor, friendly service and some delicious homestyle meals. In terms of pie, though, they’ll knock your bobby socks off. Freeway Cafe offers different homemade pies all the time, with buttery crusts, meringues and creamy fillings. Customers love the chocolate, because who doesn’t love chocolate? But you’ll love the other flavors too.

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Fulton’s Pies and Pies
200 W. Kenosha St. | Broken Arrow
Specializing in fried pies, the fifth-generation pie makers at Fulton’s serve up sweet, seasonal desserts in a homemade version of the Hostess treats you adored as a child. ’Tis the season right now for pumpkin fried pie topped with pumpkin spice latte ice cream. But swing in throughout the year for treats like caramel Dutch apple cream, peach, chocolate, even cinnamon toast and cheesecake sopapilla pies, all served in crust made from a more-than-100-year-old recipe. You can also order traditional pies, and they can even make vegan crust (just call ahead first).

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Little J’s Bakeshoppe & Coffee
10032 S. Sheridan Road | Tulsa
Combine juicy, tasty strawberries, tart and tangy rhubarb with amazing melt-in-your mouth homemade crust, and you’ve got one heck of a strawberry rhubarb pie. You won’t find its rival in too many places in Tulsa, or anywhere in Oklahoma for that matter. Order a piece to go or a whole pie for friends and family. And stop by the ice cream shop for some vanilla. You’ll thank us for the suggestion.

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Michael V’s
8222 E. 103rd St. | Tulsa
Michael V’s serves classic American cuisine, seafood, pasta, sandwiches, salads and, of course, pie baked fresh in-house by owner Michael Minden. Among the delectable sweets, you’ll find fabulous offerings like coconut cream pie, chocolate pecan pie and the award-winning Butterfinger cream cheese brownie pie. Minden indulges himself — and diners — by offering special pies throughout the year. And yes — you can order a boatload of homemade pies for catered events.

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Nelson’s Buffeteria
4401 S. Memorial Drive | Tulsa
Nelson’s has been serving great homestyle comfort food to Tulsans since 1929, and when you visit, it’s easy to see why. Regulars love the daily specials and the good old-fashioned diner food. The place is always hopping, and they’re famous for their generous chicken-fried steak. Chase that meal with their homemade pies — banana cream, coconut cream, chocolate cream, and the Friday-only special lemon meringue, which you can enjoy with the Friday-only lunchtime music that wafts through the casual dining space.

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PRHYME: Downtown Steakhouse
111 N. Main St. | Tulsa
You can’t go wrong at PRHYME. This top-notch steakhouse draws foodies and atmosphere lovers alike to downtown Tulsa. But a key to dining here means saving room for dessert. Like all their sweet offerings, PRHYME makes their delicious pies in-house. Splurge and get one of each —the chocolate pie with Oreo crust, dark chocolate mousse, chocolate crumble and chocolate whipped cream; and the white chocolate mousse pie, served with mixed berries and shaved white chocolate. The chocolate pie is also available at Justin Thompson’s other downtown restaurants, including Tavolo and Juniper.

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Savoy
6033 S. Sheridan Road | Tulsa
Nearly 100 years of rich history goes into everything Savoy does. It’s no surprise then, that an establishment that has been doing things right for a century knows how to serve a piece of pie that will have you looking forward to coming back after the first amazing bite. And the size of the pieces they serve — wow! These are pies Tulsans order for holidays to impress visiting relatives.

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Shiloh’s
2604 N. Aspen Ave. | Broken Arrow
Live in the Tulsa area long enough, and you’ll hear so many tales of the amazing home cooking at Shiloh’s, you’ll regret it if you don’t go. When you do visit, don’t forget to try the homemade pies. Options tend to change daily, and include favorites like apple, blackberry, cherry, peach, strawberry rhubarb, lemon meringue and chocolate. You can stop in to buy a whole pie anytime they have them available, and you can order their pumpkin and pecan pies as part of their holiday catering menu.

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Sponzs
6611 S. 101st E. Ave. | Tulsa
Warren 1, 6100 S. Yale Ave., Suite PL300 | Tulsa
Warren 2, 6120 S. Yale Ave., Suite PL300 | Tulsa
A jazz café inside of a furniture store? Yes. It may be unique, but not nearly as special as the pie you’ll get at Sponzs (pronounced “Spoons”). It’s hard to say what kind of pie you’ll be able to get when you visit, because chef Anthony Card always surprises. Two things you can expect, though, are the sweet potato pie and the French apple pie with bourbon cream, which will send you straight to dessert heaven. Enjoy delicious pie and other amazing dishes while listening to blue note and modern jazz, and say hello to the chef.

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The Vault
620 S. Cincinnati Ave. | Tulsa
A sweet spot for classic American cooking and craft drinks, The Vault is situated in the former home to the First National Auto Bank, built in the late 1950s and in its time the world’s largest drive-up bank. The bank’s onceexclusive Tom Tom room, which served to entertain business meetings, now welcomes Tulsans for food and fun. Top off a fresh, from-scratch meal with the Vault’s Key lime pie, which is a favorite with customers.

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Western Country Diner
1905 S. Sheridan Road | Tulsa
People come here time and time again for the all-day breakfast and friendly diner atmosphere, including a server of the regulars named Yoko, but this diner’s selection of pies is especially top-notch. Ammar, the owner, a longtime immigrant from Syria, loves making sure his customers enjoy pie flavors that remind any customer of grandma’s pies. Whether it’s a rich and creamy chocolate or a just-right, hitsthe- spot apple pie, you’ll want to take a whole pie home with you.

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White River Fish Market & Restaurant
1708 N. Sheridan Road | Tulsa
1105 E. Kenosha St. | Broken Arrow
Not much has changed through the years about one of Green Country’s best fish markets. In north Tulsa and now Broken Arrow too, White River Fish Market serves old-fashioned pies that are as delicious as they look. The stars of the show — the homemade buttermilk and sweet potato pies — are as rich, creamy and delicious as anything you’ll ever experience. Straight off a 1953 buttermilk carton, the buttermilk pie recipe satisfies every time to the very last bite.

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ALSO CHECK OUT

Amish Country Store & Restaurant
2410 N. 32nd St. | Muskogee

Burke’s Kenosha Café
1402 W. Kenosha St. | Broken Arrow

Coleman’s Bakery
118 N. Seminole Ave. | Okmulgee

Dutch Pantry
10 W. Main St. | Chouteau

Hammett House
1616 W. Will Rogers Blvd. | Claremore

Katy’s Pantry
6568 E. 51st St. | Tulsa

Nettie Ann’s Bakery
103 S. Chouteau Ave. | Chouteau

Queenies Plus
1834 Utica Square | Tulsa

Sweetie Pie’s
121 E. 2nd St. | Sand Springs