March 14 is Pi Day – a celebration of the mathematical constant starting with 3.14 (also known as π). Lucky for those of us who are not mathematicians the holiday is often used as a perfectly acceptable excuse to celebrate another phenomenal constant – PIE! Here’s a list of some local favorites to help you celebrate Pi(e) Day… or any day.
Named one of the 10 places in Kansas to get the most mouthwatering pie by Only In Your State, Alchemy Coffee and Bake House has a nice variety of options to choose from. We’ve heard rave reviews about the Peanut Butter Scotch Mousse Pie with Chocolate Ganache and Peach Blackberry Cobbler. How about a fluffy, flaky hand pie in Apple Plum Blueberry? Another idea you won’t regret – try their take on the Oatmeal Cream Pie – housemade vanilla buttercream sandwiched between cranberry/butterscotch/white chocolate chip/oatmeal cookies – OMG!
For more than twenty years Great Harvest Bread Co. has been serving fresh-baked bread, sweets, and treats in Lawrence. Their gorgeous pies are baked every Monday and Thursday. If you love a super-sweet pie – definitely get the Douglas County Pie – a chocolate chip pecan pie made locally-famous by the former Downtown restaurant, Paradise Cafe.
When Tasting Table asked their Facebook followers to name the most amazing pie in every state, Ladybird Diner came out on top for Kansas. There’s always a fresh selection of rotating pies at this downtown gem. Patrons rave over the Browned Butter Caramel Sweep Potato Pie with Spiced Praline Crumble – now that’s a “mouthful” I can get behind. Other unique favorites include Brown Sugar Peach, Blueberry Basil, Strawberry Rhubarb, and Mexican Chocolate (made with Belgian chocolate and cayenne).
You can count on delicious Banoffee, Bourbon Pecan, Caramel Apple and Chocolate Almond Espresso pies from this downtown breakfast and lunch spot. It’s always a fun surprise to learn what their sensational seasonal pies are – like Blackberry Sour Cream – to die for! Full size and mini-pies are available, and whole pies can be ordered with whole wheat, vegan, or gluten-free crust.
Aunt Netters Cafe (Lecompton)
It’s definitely worth a short drive northwest of Lawrence to enjoy the mouthwatering pie at Lecompton’s Aunt Netters Cafe. Their slogan is “Eat the Dessert First”, and when you see the size of the slices they serve, you’ll know why. They’re huge! You can count on a fruit or cream flavor you’ll love. Rumor has it, the Peanut Butter Pie is out of this world.