Ah, sugar, sugar. Indiana loves its pies so much that the nonprofit Indiana Foodways Alliance has created a Hoosier Pie Trail. The 15 stops showcase sugar cream, a regional staple, but also routes travelers to havens of butterscotch and banana cream. Here's a taste of what you'll find.
Wick’s Pies | Winchester The granddaddy of the trail, this 60-year-old, family-run business cranks out a staggering 10,000 pies per day. It's known best for old-fashioned sugar cream, made with vanilla cream and heaps of creamed butter and sugar, but also sells pumpkin chess and German chocolate. Buy a slice, or purchase one of their popular baked or unbaked pie shells for your own creations. They’ll even ship to your door. wickspies.com
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Blue Gate Restaurant | Shipshewana It’s easy to stuff yourself with beef and noodles, fried chicken and pot roast, but trust us, you’ll want to save room for the grand finale. Choose from Dutch apple, butterscotch or the popular red raspberry cream pie made with a blend of cream cheese, sour cream and vanilla custard layered with red raspberries and whipped cream. Simply dreamy. riegsecker.com
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Clay’s Family Restaurant | Fremont This lake cottage welcomes guests with comfort food and a well-stocked weekend breakfast buffet. It has also built a reputation for made-from-scratch pies. One standout is the fresh berry with cream cheese and chopped pecans. We also love the Oops!, a happy accident laden with pecans and chocolate chips. claysfamilyrestaurant.com
Bread Basket Cafe and Bakery | Danville You can get a solid meal here, but most visitors come for fresh breads and pastries. The pie roster includes French silk, buttermilk, brownie cream cheese and creamy peanut butter in a graham cracker crust. breadbasketcafe.com
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Lisa’s Pie Shop | Atlanta Owner Lisa Sparks nails the traditional apple, pumpkin and banana cream at her little shop, but she also bakes less-common varieties like gooseberry and a s’mores-like Hershey bar, for starters. Her pies in a jar, complete with fruit filling and crust, make tasteful gifts. lisaspies.com
Rosie’s Place | Noblesville and Zionsville If it’s pie you’re after, call ahead before you visit this cozy cafe, because it's not always on the menu. And when it is, the assortment of strawberry, Key lime and coconut cream go fast. Even on non-pie days, diners choose from baked goods like the gooey butter cookie, a spot-on replica of St. Louis gooey butter cake. rosiesplace.net
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