They’ve been smashed in people’s faces, fought over at Thanksgiving, and coined the most patriotic of all pastries. Not to mention, many believe that the human population can be broken down into two kinds of people: cake people and pie people. I like to consider myself a little bit of both, but I find the versatility of what can fill a delicious and flaky piecrust especially more appealing. In New Orleans you’ll find savory versions stuffed with local seafood in addition to some of the sweetest and most decadent pies around. Grab a fork and leave room for a slice of these local favorites.
Where to Get Pie in New Orleans
1. District Hand Pie and Coffee Bar – Sweet and savory pies from the guys who brought the biggest, most flavorful doughnuts to Magazine Street. I enjoyed the Apple Strudel filled with apples, pecans, shredded coconut, and raisins in a flaky, buttery piecrust, topped with spiced sugar. Savory options include rabbit enchilada and oyster.
2. Emeril’s – Known for its lengthy list of sharable desserts, Emeril’s never ceases to amaze with a sky-high slice of Banana Cream Pie. Blocks of bananas are layered into sweet vanilla custard and topped with whipped cream, caramel, and chocolate sauce. And let’s not forget the graham cracker and mashed banana crust holding it all together.
3. The Joint – Most people visit this Bywater BBQ joint (pun intended) for the ribs, smoked brisket, and pulled pork sandwiches. But if you leave without a piece of their peanut butter pie, then you’re simply doing it all wrong. They use Mauthe’s creole cream cheese made with love in Folsom, LA. This, my friends, is a $3 slice of absolute heaven. And they cater!
4. Willa Jean — Pastry Chef masterminds Kelly Fields and Lisa White are now featuring house-made pies at their popular CBD bakery, coffee bar, and restaurant. Every day they come up with something completely different, based on seasonal ingredients and adaptations of old family recipes.
5. Noodle and Pie – Considering the name of the restaurant, it should come as no surprise that their pie game is pretty strong. Slurp some ramen soup and then try their unique pie flavors like the butterscotch pie with madras curry crust or the orange creamsicle with vanilla Chantilly cream.
6. High Hat Cafe – Freret’s own neighborhood eatery is known for fried catfish, pimento mac and cheese, and tamales. But please save room for a slice of down-home pies like buttermilk with mayhaw jelly, apple, and pecan served with a scoop of house-made Jack Daniel’s ice cream.
7. Camellia Grill – At this old-school New Orleans diner, the pecan pie with vanilla ice cream has a long-standing fan club. Recipes to make it at home are scattered online, but there’s something about eating a slice sitting on a stool at the counter, with the smell of waffles and cheeseburgers in the air that makes it all the more special.
8. Clancy’s – Tucked in a neighborhood on Annunciation Street is where you’ll find Clancy’s Restaurant, home to the best lemon icebox pie in the city. The secret is the use of lemon zest in addition to juice, sugar, and plenty of condensed milk. And because it’s baked first and then frozen, the consistency is on point — and the cold lemon custard is out of this world.
9. GW Fins – This French Quarter restaurant specializes in awesome seafood dishes, but what you might not know is that their desserts (especially their pies) are all the rave. Tap into your Southern side with a slice of apple pie with cheddar cheese top crust and vanilla ice cream. If you’ve never put cheese in your apple pie crust, it’s definitely time to start. Or, if that doesn’t suit your fancy, don’t miss out on the Salty Malty Ice Cream Pie with pretzel crust and caramel whipped cream.
10. Boucherie – Chef Nathaniel Zimet has been making his Thai chili chocolate chess pie at his Jeanette Street restaurant for years, and it’s still a favorite. Though the concept of mixing chocolate with chilis is more conventional now than it used to be, Boucherie’s version is the perfect balance of sweet and spicy, and no two bites are the same.