Pi Day is really about math. But wouldn’t you rather have an infinite amount of pie?
Pi is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, or approximately 3.14. The irrational and transcendental number continues infinitely without any kind of a pattern or repetition.
Pi is celebrated March 14. And Pi Day is better with pie. It’s a proven fact that dessert makes everything more fun, even math. And pie, well, it can be used to teach pi.
We’ll leave the pi part to math teachers. Here are 14 places to go for pie in and around Spokane.
Bean and Pie
Pies are made in small batches at this newer pie-baking business in North Idaho. Flavors change seasonally with availability of ingredients. Owners Katy and Ethan Bean source fruit locally and regionally. They don’t use fillers or preservatives; they thicken pies with flour or corn starch. Pies are baked in a rented commercial kitchen, but the dream is to open a drive-thru pie-and-coffee shop. Pies usually cost around $26. Recent flavors include peanut butter cup, berry crumb, apple crumb and caramel apple crumb. Contact the couple via their website at beanandpie.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beck’s Harvest House
This Green Bluff spot serves pie by the slice as well as offers whole pies to go. Flavors depend on the season. Look for apple, apple crumb, cherry, cherry crumb, peach, peach-huckleberry, huckleberry, marionberry, boysenberry, sour cream apple, strawberry-rhubarb, raspberry-peach and more. Call ahead for custom orders. 9919 E. Green Bluff Road. (509) 238-6970. greenblufffarms.com.
House-made pie by the slice is a staple at this popular eatery, which opened in 2015 and serves breakfast and lunch. A slice of fruit pie is $3. A slice of cream pie is $3.50. And “fancy” pie by the slice is $4. Availability changes. 2345 W. Prairie Ave. in Hayden. (208) 719-044. www.chompercafe.com.
Common Crumb Artisan Bakery
This small downtown bake shop, tucked into a back corner of the Saranac Commons building, does pies by special order. Flavors change seasonally, but pecan, lemon meringue and apple pies are usually available with 48 hours’ notice. With more notice, the shop can accommodate other requests. 19 W. Main Ave. (509) 315-4948. commoncrumb.com.
Conley’s Place Restaurant and Pioneer Pies Bakery
Pies are made daily from scratch at this family-owned eatery and bake shop. Expect hand-fluted crusts and a whole host of flavors: apple, Dutch apple, blueberry, boysenberry, cherry, peach, raspberry, strawberry-rhubarb, pecan, banana, coconut, chocolate, German chocolate, lemon meringue, mud pie, peanut butter-chocolate and almond joy. Mince and pumpkin are available seasonally. Whole pies can be ordered to go or for your table. Consider coming for pie happy hour. Monday through Friday from 2 to 4 p.m., enjoy coffee and a slice of pie for $4.99. 12622 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley. (509) 924-5411. www.conleysplacerestaurant.com.
High Country Orchard
This Green Bluff country store boasts, on its website, of making pie “ just how grandma baked them.” That is, “with tons of real fruit.” Seasonal pies include rhubarb, cherry, peach, apple, pumpkin and huckleberry. Pro tip: visit during Montmorency cherry season – the end of June and early July – and pick sour cherries to bake your own pie. 8518 E. Green Bluff Road. (509) 238-9545. www.highcountryorchard.com.
Lil’ Punkin Pie Co.
Pies come in 3-, 5- and 9-inch sizes at this pie-baking business, located at Prairie Home Farm. Minis are $3. Mediums are $7. And the 9-inchers are $16. Specialty pies – huckleberry, huckleberry-peach, pecan – cost a bit more. Flavors include classic apple, Dutch apple, blueberry, blackberry, tart cherry, pumpkin, marionberry, mixed berry crumble, mulberry-rhubarb, peach, raspberry, rhubarb, strawberry-rhubarb, salted caramel pear crumble, shoofly, yellow plum and more. Some are seasonal. Call for availability. 7790 N. Atlas Road in Coeur d’Alene. (208) 762-3289. prairiehomefarm.com.
Lilac City Bakery
This new bakery serves as the production facility for its sister shops. And a couple of seasonal pies are on the menu. Look for blueberry-lavender meringue with a traditional butter crust and old-fashioned raspberry-lemonade icebox pie with a graham cracker crust right now. Three-inch pies are available for retail; 8-inch full-size pies are available by special order. Here’s something fun: Celebrations features “pie”-flavored cupcakes; look for cherry pie, blueberry pie, chocolate cream pie and raspberry pie. Lilac City: 1215 N. Ruby St. (509) 315-4958. Celebrations Spokane Valley: 315 S. Sullivan Road. (509) 315-5973. Celebrations on Garland: 713 W. Garland Ave. (509) 327-3471. celebrationssweetboutique.com.
This South Hill spot has been serving up its “gourmet to-go” concept and cuisine since 1984. Staple pies include chocolate peanut butter, key lime, apple and coconut cream. Look, also, for chocolate cream, banana cream, cherry, triple berry and rhubarb. Pie by the slice is $8.95. According to the online catering menu, whole pies run from $32 to $38. 1235 S. Grand Blvd. (509) 838-3000. www.lindamans.com.
A is for Aria, which is miFlavour’s apple pie. It features more than 2 pounds of Granny Smiths and a butter crust. C is for Cabo, which is coconut cream, topped with chantilly and toasted coconut. M is for Mira, which is pumpkin. Whole pies run from $40 to $45. Pick-up is at the Montvale Event Center, 1017 W. First Ave. (509) 426-5596. miflavour.com.
Morning Sun Bakery and Cafe
This humble North Side bakery and breakfast spot specializes in small-batch, butter-crust pies along with baked treats such as cream scones, cinnamon rolls and croissants. Availability changes, but past pies have included country-style apple, strawberry, cherry and coconut cream. 5602 N. Wall St. (509) 241-3871. morningsunbakery.com.
Order at the counter, where you’ll be asked if you want your slice warmed up and served with whipped cream. The answer is yes. On a recent weekday, the selection included pumpkin, cherry and apple. Slices are served on plates you might find at grandma’s. The light-filled dining area, full of mismatched antique tables and chairs, always seems bustling. You don’t have to linger, but most people do. Or, for $21.95, take a whole pie to go. 315 E. 18th Ave. (509) 747-8691.
This bake shop, known for cupcakes, recently added pies with a butter-and-lard crust. Five-inch pies are $6, and there’s a minimum order of four. Nine-inchers are $20. Options are apple, Dutch apple, blueberry, cherry, lemon meringue, chocolate silk, banana cream, coconut cream and key lime. Pecan and pumpkin are available seasonally. Wandermere: 12501 N. Division St., Suite 3. (509) 368-9811. Downtown: 15 S. Washington St. (509) 242-3845. Spokane Valley Mall: 14700 E. Indiana Ave. (509) 381-5927. North Town Mall: 4750 N. Division St. (509) 808-2387. www.sweetfrostingsbakeshop.com.
Walters’ Fruit Ranch
This Green Bluff spot is known for its seasonal take-and-bake pies. Dough is hand-rolled. Fillings are made from fruit from trees on the property. Look for apple-cherry crumb, apple-huckleberry, apricot, apricot-blueberry crumb, blueberry, bumbleberry, caramel apple craze, cherry, cherry crumb, huckleberry, marionberry, peach, peach crumb, peach-huckleberry, pumpkin, raspberry, raspberry-rhubarb, rhubarb, strawberry-rhubarb, cherry and more. 9807 E. Day Road. (509) 238-4709. appleranch.com.
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