Ten Michigan Pie Companies
Apples, cherries, blueberries, peaches — we’re known for the many varieties of juicy fruit grown here in Michigan. And there’s no better way to enjoy that fruit than by putting it in between some crust and making a pie out of it. Pie is one of the best comfort foods. It’s sweet, delicious and conjures up thoughts of Thanksgiving and Grandma’s house. With this abundance of fruit, it’s only natural that Michigan is also a great place to get a slice of pie. If you have a hankering for some yummy Michigan-made pie, you’ll find it at these 10 Michigan pie companies.
House of Pies – You’ll find House of Pies in Alanson in Northern Michigan. Their large menu will make the heart of any pie connoisseur sing. They have four kinds of cherry, blueberry and apples pies. But it doesn’t stop there. Do you love fall, sweater weather and pumpkins? Then you’ll probably love their selection of fall flavors including pumpkin, sweet potato, pecan and maple syrup. And that’s not all. How about four kinds of chocolate pie? The list goes on and on. You’ll have to visit and see for yourself all the amazing things they do between the crusts. They also have a full bakery with doughnuts, cookies, bread and even special order cakes.
Suzie’s Pies – Suzie’s Pies in Harbor Springs makes made-to-order pies, so you’ll have to plan ahead a little. But it will be worth it, because they customize the pie to your needs and desires. This is couture pie. You can choose your filling, adjust the sweetness to your taste and even choose the type of crust. Their menu includes fruit pies, cream pies and specialty pies like butterscotch, key lime and derby pie. They use only the finest Michigan fruit and farm fresh eggs, so you know you’re getting the best.
Achatz Handmade Pie – Achatz Pie has six locations in the Detroit Metro area. They also ship frozen pies all over the country for weddings and fundraisers. People rave about their signature melt-in-your-mouth crust. Their most popular pie is the Michigan 4-berry pie, that combines raspberries, blackberries, cherries and blueberries. They have other options including cream and savory.
Grand Traverse Pie Company – Grand Traverse Pie company offers 15-20 different pies on any given day at their stores. You’ll also find a full service restaurant with soups, salads and sandwiches on the menu. Their signature pie is Cherry Crumb, made with Michigan cherries. Their newest offering, Vernors Cherry Pie, combines two Mitten State greats. They have 16 locations throughout the state, including Petoskey, and one in Indiana. They also ship their pies around the country.
Maisy’s Pie Company – Maisy’s Pie Company in Grand Rapids make pies in all sizes for one person or for a crowd. They have bite size pies, handheld pies and standard nine inch pies. Cherry is a customer favorite.
Crane’s Pie Pantry – Crane’s Pie Pantry in Fennville makes their apple pies from apples grown in their own orchard. They offer a variety of other fruit pies and fresh baked breads and doughnuts as well. You can get a whole pie to go, or just slice at their on-site restaurant. If you want to sample a few different pies, try their pie flight which includes a few bites of four of their most popular pies. They also make their own wine and hard cider.
Sweetie-licious Bakery Cafe – Sweetie-licious, in Dewitt, is home to the Tom’s Cheery Cherry Berry pie, the winner of the Food Network Pie Challenge in 2009. They use locally sourced fruit and other ingredients and hand roll each crust. The store has a retro vibe which is perfect for anyone who loves nostalgia. You can get the full story about Sweetie-licious in the owner’s book, Sweetie-licious Pies: Eat Pie, Love Life.
Rykse’s Restaurant & Bakery – Rykse’s has severed up pies to the folks of Kalamazoo since 1986. The ingredients are from local farms and everything is made by hand and from scratch. The pie menu varies by the season to take advantage of seasonal fruits. The Carmel-Apple is a customer favorite.
Zingerman’s Bakehouse – The pies at Zingerman’s in Ann Arbor are all made with local ingredients. For a simple pie with big taste, try the Rustic apple. With just a hint of cinnamon and big chunks of Ida Reds, the apples take center stage. They offer a variety of other fruit and cream pies. They don’t ship pies, but their pastries can be found in several grocery stores around Michigan.
The Cherry Hut – The Cherry Hut, in Beulah, Michigan, opened in 1922 as a roadside stand that sold fruit and pies. Today they still use the original lard-based crust recipe. But now the roadside stand has grown into a shop and restaurant. Every year they sell around 30,000 cherry pies. Their days and hours vary seasonally, so check before you go. Mail order pies are always available.