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Best Pies in New Orleans

The Pecan Pie from Windowsill Pies. (Photo by Julie Verlinden)

Although their popularity increases as fall rolls around, pies rightfully deserve their place at the table throughout the year. Lending themselves well to all kinds of fillings from stone fruits, nuts, and ice cream to citrus, squash, and chocolate, pies are here to prove that versatility is the name of their game. So, if you’re looking to expand your pie knowledge, here are 12 restaurants, bakeries, and vendors that are serving little slices of New Orleans heaven.

The Mile High Pie at the Pontchartrain Hotel (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

Jack Rose

Formerly The Caribbean Room, Jack Rose has taken over the first floor of the Pontchartrain Hotel and flooded it with lots of color, beautiful greenery, and a lively crowd enjoying spectacular food and copious amounts of champagne. While you’re there, be sure to save room for the Instagram-worthy Mile High Pie with layers of vanilla, chocolate, and peppermint ice cream topped with toasted meringue and drizzled table side with homemade warm chocolate ganache. 2031 St. Charles Ave.

Clancy’s

This Uptown gem has been serving their famous lemon icebox pie for decades. The secret to success? Never skimp on fresh squeezed lemon juice and always add zest. It’s like a little slice of summer. 6100 Annunciation St.

High Hat Café

Freret’s beloved southern café with excellent fried fish, pimento cheeseburgers, and tamales also serves up some of the best pies in town. They’re always changing their pies based on what’s in season, like calamondin (similar to a satsuma), but they almost always have their pecan pie with Jack Daniels ice cream. 4500 Freret St.

The Joint

Someone I know served The Joint’s peanut butter pie at their wedding in lieu of cake. Something magical happens when whipped cream is gently folded into a mixture of peanut butter, local creole cream cheese, and powdered sugar. Wedding cake, schmedding cake. Gimme the pie! 701 Mazant St.

Brigtsen’s Pecan Pie (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

Brigtsen’s

Second only to my mother’s pecan pie, Frank Brigtsen’s version just might be the best ever. Pro tip for making pecan pie at home: toast the pecans before tossing them in with the other ingredients. 723 Dante St.

Emeril’s Restaurant

A staple on the menu and arguably one of the most Insta-worthy desserts in NOLA, Emeril’s banana cream pie with chocolate curls, caramel sauce, and whipped cream is impressive, to say the least. Beware of not wanting to share. 800 Tchoupitoulas St.

The Key Lime Pie from Pêche restaurant in New Orleans in May 2016. (Photo by Chris Granger/ Courtesy of Link Restaurant Group)

Pêche

With so many wonderful things on the menu, you’ll have to remember to save room for dessert at Donald Link’s prized restaurant in the Warehouse District. The key lime pie is the winner here, with whipped cream and extra graham cracker crumbles. 800 Magazine St.

GW Fins

When I think of unique pies, the Salty Malty Pie from GW Fins is always the first one that comes to mind. Salted vanilla ice cream with pretzel crust, malt powder, and caramel sauce comes together in perfect harmony to create an insanely delicious (and addictive!) dessert you’ll never forget. 808 Bienville St.

Levee Baking Co.

Tucked away on Ninth Street off Magazine, you’ll find Levee Baking Co., home to some of the most beautiful pastries, breads, and pies in the city. Their seasonal hand pies featuring homemade jams or savory fillings as well as slices of their chocolate buttermilk pie can be purchased in the shop. Special pies, like chocolate or honey custard, require a 24-hour pre-order. 3138 Magazine St.

The Chocolate Tart from Windowsill Pies (Photo by Jennifer Potts)

Windowsill Pies

Sold at various French Truck and Whole Foods locations, as well as Marjie’s Grill and The Drifter Hotel, this little pie production is owned and operated by two women who are working towards opening their own brick and mortar. And with items like their dark chocolate tart with earl grey caramel and Yankee Apple Cheddar hand pies, I hope they decide to open in my neighborhood! Freret Street location coming soon; order online for now

Fry and Pie

Just as the name alludes, gourmet fresh-cut french fries and hand pies are always on the menu at this eatery open inside the Hi-Ho Lounge Bar in the Bywater. The pie flavors are unique and have included things like root beer, chocolate espresso with cayenne pepper, Vermont maple syrup custard, raspberry white chocolate mousse, and cherry with amaretto. They’re open six days a week, so be sure to check them out and see what new flavors they come up with! 2239 St. Claude Ave.

Gracious Bakery

A bakery that does it all, and pies are no exception. Choose from chocolate cream, key lime, peanut butter pretzel, and Dutch apple with custard and cinnamon crumble. Show up to your next potluck or holiday party with one of these in tow and wow all the guests. 2854 St. Charles Ave., 4930 Prytania St., 1000 S Jefferson Davis Pkwy #100

Emily Smith is a native New Orleanian and Uptowner who loves sharing her passion for food with others. When she’s not blogging about culinary adventures, she can be found checking out the newest restaurant or bar, taking long walks along Magazine Street, or hovering over a steaming hot bowl of phở at her favorite Vietnamese restaurant. Voted one of the Best New Orleans-based Instagrammers by Thrillist, Where Y'at Magazine, and Paste Magazine. Please follow her on Instagram at @fleurdelicious_nola and ask for food advice!

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